The actor enlisted the help of Church leader David Miscavige in the early 2000s to help him convince his then-girlfriend and “Vanilla Sky” co-star to drop her Buddhist beliefs and convert to his religion.
Mark “Marty” Rathbun, who used to be Inspector General of the Church, spoke out in a new documentary called “Scientologists at War”, telling how top Scientologists helped him recruit Penelope for auditing. The church calls it auditing, but it means the cleansing of negative influences in order to heighten spiritual awareness and access untapped potential.
Marty stated, “Cruise started making some noises about getting some help [from the Church of Scientology, and] Miscavige had me drop me everything. I helped him on his divorce from Nicole and then I was auditing him and I was helping him get Penelope auditing. I was helping him in all aspects of his life.”
Rathbun said he was shocked when Miscaviage shunned him after all his efforts to help Tom Cruise after his divorce from Nicole Kidman.
Marty said, “Once Miscaviage was able to hobnob with Cruise again, he was done with me. He actually tried to denigrate me a little bit in Tom’s eyes. I was his biggest opinion leader having salvaged his marriage, his kids, his family life – even his career. It was crazy. Miscavige had to try and undermine me in front of Cruise.”
Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz split in 2004 after three years together, with his Scientology beliefs blamed as the cause of their split.
Penelope is now married to Javier Bardem and the couple have a two-year-old son Leonardo and are expecting their second child.
Tom and Katie Holmes divorced in June 2012, after six years of marriage, and they have a seven-year-old daughter, Suri, together.
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