In the wake of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce announcement, Rupert Murdoch attacks the "Mission: Impossible" actor due to his fierce ties to Scientology. At almost the same time, the church denies report that it is following the "Jack and Jill" actress.
"Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hiearchy." Murdoch tweets. "Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people."
In response to those who are against him, the 81-year-old News Corp media mogul posts, "Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story."
While Cruise is being attacked by Murdoch, Holmes reportedly is stalked by people from Scientology. The story is quickly denied though. "There is no truth whatsoever to the TMZ.com report (or any other report) that the Church of Scientology has sent anyone to follow or surveil Katie Holmes," says its rep Gary Soter.
Some unidentified men allegedly were spotted over the weekend outside Seventh Ave. building in Chelsea, where Holmes was staying with her 6-year-old daughter Suri. The burly guys stayed inside a white Cadillac Escalade with Tennessee license plates, and refused to talk to a reporter when being approached.
Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise on Thursday, June 28. Seeking sole custody of Suri, the 33-year-old actress submitted her filing in New York, which courts rarely granted joint custody of child to divorcing parents.
Feeling blindsided by the divorce filing, Cruise was quick to lawyer up. He hired Dennis Wasser, the same attorney who represented him in his divorce with second wife Nicole Kidman, and was expected to file his own divorce papers in Los Angeles, where joint custody was more popular in its courts.
"I would hope that it's not a contentious matter. I know Tom is not a particularly contentious person. [As far as our legal team goes,] we're thinking about who to use. We have to discuss strategy," Wasser said.