A former Scientology chief has sensationally claimed the church brainwashed Tom Cruise’s children and turned them against the star’s ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Marty Rathbun, who worked at the secretive church for 27 years before leaving in 2004, said he believed officials used Scientology doctrine to turn the Oscar winner’s adopted children against her after she divorced Cruise in 2001. His comments could shed more light on Scientology - and just why Katie Holmes was so keen to win sole custody of her young daughter as she filed for divorce from Cruise recently.
Claims: A former Scientology chief said the church brainwashed Tom Cruise's adopted children Isabella and Connor (right) to turn them against his ex-wife Nicole Kidman (pictured left)
Mr Rathbun claimed that he had counselled A list star Cruise, 50, in countless sessions that the church refers to as ‘auditing’ at the Scientology celebrity center in California.
Mission Impossible star Cruise has two children that he adopted with Miss Kidman, daughter Isabella, now 19, and son Connor, now 17. And when the children were with the father they were left in the grip of Scientology staff, according to Mr Rathbun.
Insider: Marty Rathbun worked at the secretive church for 27 years before leaving in 2004
Mr Rathbun told NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams: ‘...they were being indoctrinated, and they were reporting to Tom on how that was going in my presence. He claimed that church officials told Isabella, then nine, and Connor, then six, that their mother was a ‘suppressive person’, which the church’s website, , defines as ‘a person who seeks to suppress other people in their vicinity.’ He said: ‘It was more than implied....[Kidman] was somebody that they shouldn’t open up with, they shouldn’t communicate with, and they shouldn’t spend much time with,’ The Scientology website reads: ‘A suppressive Person will goof up or vilify any effort to help anybody and particularly knife with violence anything calculated to make human beings more powerful or more intelligent. ‘The ‘suppressive person’ is also known as the ‘anti-social personality’. Within this category you would find ‘Napoleon, Hitler, the unrepentant killer and the drug lord,’ according to the website. Mr Rathbun also insisted that the Church of Scientology closely monitors the communication of high profile members and orders members to sever ties with suppressive people, particularly those who are critical of the church. He said: ‘That person could be your son, it could be your daughter, it could be your father, it could be your mother. It doesn’t matter.’ Speaking about the Cruise children, he said: ‘They were being steered toward and indoctrinated toward coming to the conclusion that Nicole was a suppressive person. In 2007, Miss Kidman admitted: ‘My kids don’t call me mummy,’ as she said they referred to her as Nicole - while Miss Holmes said the children had started calling her mum.
Mr Rathbun's comments could shed more light on Scientology - and just why Katie Holmes was so keen to win sole custody of her young daughter as she filed for divorce from Cruise recently
In the centre: The controversial religion has played a huge part in the couple's split
The actress went on to have two young daughters with her second husband, singer Keith Urban, but still maintains a relationship with her adopted children, as Isabella said in May: ‘I love mom. She’s my mom. She’s great. I see her sometimes and I speak to her.” Miss Holmes, 33, and Cruise this week agreed to the terms of a deal of a divorce whereby their six-year-old daughter Suri will live with her mother in New York. In a thinly veiled comment on Scientology, the couple released a shared statement that read: ‘We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.’ Miss Kidman’s publicist did not comment. While Cruise’s spokesman Bert Fields told the NBC show that Mr Rathbun was not a reliable source, calling him ‘A bitter ex-Scientologist who spends most of his time attacking Scientology and using Tom Cruise’s name to get attention for his bigoted diatribe. If he “audited” Mr Cruise, he is violating the privilege of that position by discussing it.’
Claims: Cruise and Kidman pictured in 1992. According to Mr Rathbun, the church was trying to turn their children against her
Hurtful: In 2007, Miss Kidman admitted: 'My kids don't call me mummy', as she said they referred to her as Nicole
Fields added: ‘It is absolutely false that Mr Cruise, or anyone else to his knowledge, did or said anything to lessen Connor and Bella’s communication or relationship with their mother. On the contrary, Mr Cruise did all he could to encourage that relationship.’ In a letter to NBC News, Gary Soter, a lawyer for the Church of Scientology, wrote that Mr Rathbun was an unreliable source and a liar. Mr Soter described Mr Rathbun as ‘a defrocked ex-communicated apostate.’ When asked about the allegations against him, Mr Rathbun replied: ‘Then why was I assigned by the Chairman of the Board to audit Tom Cruise during the last four years of my involvement at the Church of Scientology?’
The mother of 27-year-old Scientologist Alexander Jentzsch, did not find out that her son died in the San Fernando Valley until days later and says that she won’t be allowed to see her son’s body at the morgue. Karen de la Carriere, who was once married to current Scientology president Heber Jentzsch and left the Church in 2010, said that Alexander’s wife, who is also a Scientologist, is refusing to let the grieving mother view her son’s body. She also said that she was not informed of her son’s death – supposedly from severe influenza – for days, and had to find out from a friend, later confirming Alexander’s death with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office of her son’s passing. ‘They didn’t inform me, they didn’t inform Herber,’ she told the Village Voice. Alexander was apparently hiking in California's San Fernando Valley and caught a severe fever. Heber Jentzsch has not been seen in public for nearly a decade, one of several high-profile Scientology members removed from the public eye. The wife of church leader David Miscavige, Michelle ‘Shelly’ Barnett, has not been seen since 2007. Ms de la Carriere did not immediately return requests for comment from the MailOnline, but told the Village Voicein an emotional conversation the details surrounding her son’s death.
Missing? President of the Church of Scientology International Heber Jentzsch has not been seen publically since 2004; their son Alexander, who was 27, died July 2nd
Excommunicated: Ms de la Carriere said she was not told of her son's death because she's a 'declared SP' - a 'suppressive person'
She said that Alexander ‘had a high fever, and the next morning, he was icy cold and he was dead,’ the mother said. Ms de la Carriere told the Voice: ‘The dead body of the son of the president of the Church of Scientology has been sitting in a morgue for days, and they didn’t tell me because I’m a declared SP.’ She was excommunicated after she left the Church, and was branded a ‘suppressive person,’ the Voice reported.
She toldRadarOnline.com that Alexander’s wife, Andrea, refuses to let her see her son’s body. When Ms de la Carriere sent a friend over to their home with a letter for Andrea, the friend was turned away with the message, ‘All communication goes through the Office of Special Affairs.’ The mother told the Village Voice that the Church created a ‘hate website’ about her, and coerced Alexander to cut all ties with her.
Happier times: Left, Karen and Heber on their wedding day and right, Heber and their young son Alexander
She said that he was spoon fed what to tell her, including the words: ‘Never phone me, never e-mail me. Until you get your s*** together, we can have no communication. 'Until then, we are disconnected.’ The mother added: ‘For two years, he disconnected from me, and now he’s dead.’ She found out three days after the fact that her son had died from former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder. Apparently, Andrea had told some of her Scientology friends on Facebook about Alexander’s death, and the news eventually tricked down to Rinder, who currently lives in Florida, RadarOnline.com reported.
Leaving: Karen, back right, left the Church of Scientology in 2010 and said her son cut all ties with her
SoCal: Alexander Jentzsch was hiking in the San Fernando Valley and apparently caught a high fever; hours later, he was dead
Once told by Mr Rinder, Ms de la Carriere called the coroner’s office, which solidly confirmed her son’s death. In an explosive tell all published on a friend’s blog in 2010, Ms de la Carriere revealed her struggle with the religion, and explained how Alexander, who was born in 1984, was inculcated with the beliefs of Scientology from infancy.
'The dead body of the son of the president of the Church of Scientology has been sitting in a morgue for days, and they didn’t tell me because I'm a declared SP.' -Karen de la Carriere
According to her, Alexander was a member of Sea Org for more than a decade. She also wrote of the policies surrounding Scientology and reproduction. Alexander’s wife, Andrea, became pregnant in 2007. She wrote in the post: ‘Pressure is brought to bear for an abortion. It is done skilfully – no heavy threats, but both are taken off post to look at “the greatest good…” In the end, Andrea had an abortion and they were returned to post.’ Ms de la Carriere said in a 2011 interview that she and then-husband Heber had to petition for a second child, a newly-ordained rule at the time. She said she wanted a girl. ‘A new had come out that you had to petition to have a baby,' she explained. 'And along with the petition, you were to name why should be allowed to have a baby.’ Ms de la Carriere said that though she and her husband petitioned for three months, their petition was denied. She also said that her husband was beaten for making the request. She again became pregnant three years later. A spokesperson from the Church of Scientology International told MailOnline: ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Heber Jentzsch and his entire family during this difficult time.
‘The Church takes offense at the irresponsible and false claims from excommunicated self-promoters who are sadly exploiting private family matters for their own personal financial gain.’
Hollywood split: The religion has again come into the spotlight after supposedly playing a central role in the divorce of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, pictured
The religion has again come into the spotlight after supposedly playing a central role in the divorce of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. In light of the rumours that Cruise’ devotion to Scientology- and his supposed desire to enrol Suri in one of the religion’s intense boot camps - was one of the main causes for their split, two senior Church administrators sent a panicked email giving followers advice on how to counter the negative press storm. The letter comes the day after one of the most noted ‘defectors’ from the religion predicted that Cruise’ latest divorce could be the ‘biggest nightmare in the Church of Scientology’s history’ because of the drama that could unfold if secrets are publicly revealed in court. Scientology was developed by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. Their website reads: ‘The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all.’