After nearly 14 years since the couple split, it seems the public has now been given the real story about what caused their marriage's downfall, and it reads like something out of a thriller.
The source for the documentary and all the tabloid-worthy stories coming from the 120-minute film is a former top official within the church, Marty Rathbun, who parted ways with the cult religion in 2004. He was the second most senior official within Scientology, which means the guy's got a lot of dirt to spill.
The most noteworthy are all the details of the Kidman and Cruise downfall, which Rathbun says was Scientology's doing.
"Scientology is vehemently opposed to psychiatry and psychology," the documentary explains, "and Rathbun claims that because of Kidman's father, she was labeled a 'Potential Trouble Source' (PTS), defined by the Church of Scientology as 'a person who is in some way connected to and being adversely affected by a suppressive person.'"
Once Kidman was labeled a "suppressive person," it became the church's mission to end the celebrity couple's relationship. "I was to facilitate the breakup with Nicole Kidman," Rathbun states in the film.
And, as we all know, the mission was successful. But how it was completed is another matter entirely.
Rathbun explains that the Church of Scientology facilitated an aggressive campaign to get Cruise to dump Kidman, according to the Daily Beast. They hired a private investigator, psychoanalyzed Cruise and monitored him around the clock. Most surprisingly, church officials wiretapped Kidman's phone. At Cruise's suggestion, according to Rathbun.
Cruise and Kidman both refused to be interviewed for the film.
And while Scientology is blasting the documentary in a statement as the lies of "obsessive, disgruntled former Church members kicked out as long as 30 years ago," it's also important to note HBO had a team of 160 lawyers vet Going Clear. Apparently, it passed their extensive test because the network plans on airing the film March 16.
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