Who are the men who have been following Katie Holmes Actress 'stalked for weeks' as marriage to Tom Cruise disintegrated
02:53 GMT, 2 July 2012
As her marriage dissolved, Katie Holmes's every move has been tracked by a team of mystery men.
Unknown people in two cars have been seen tailing Ms Holmes, prompting speculation they are rogue members of the controversial Scientology doctrine.
However, lawyer for the Church Gary Soter told TMZ that the Scientology movement is 'not following Katie or conducting surveillance on her in the wake of her divorce with Tom Cruise'.
And it has been claimed this tracking has been going on for weeks – even before Friday's shock announcement the pair will divorce.
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Church-goers: Tom and Katie Holmes on their way to the Scientology Celebrity Center in Los Angeles when they were first married
According to TMZ, 'there have been several 'mysterious' men and vehicles around Katie's New York apartment and following her
when she's out.
'Specifically … a white Cadillac Escalade and black Mercedes SUV have been seen near Katie's NYC apartment for the past week.'
The site claims sources believe these cars' occupants are not journalists, but their identity has never been established.
Today it has been claimed life behind closed doors for Katie was far from the romantic love story her Hollywood husband Tom
Cruise painted it to be.
Are they watching Katie A white SUV has been spotted parked near a building where the actress has visited several times this week
Who are they The mystery occupants of a black Mercedes have also been seen in places where Katie has been
Today it was being suggested the pair
had been living in separate sections of their sprawling LA apartment,
with Katie opting to live in a large communal area in the Scientology
Celebrity Centre – rather than face her increasingly controlling
announced her plans to divorce her husband of five years, their lives
have been blown open with a picture suggesting a controlling, often manipulative
Cruise of taking charge of his wife's movie roles, appearance
and even changing her name.
The Sunday Mirror reports
the Top Gun star told his wife she must be called 'Kate' instead of
'Katie' and carefully picked her film roles – making sure the starlet
didn't opt for something he didn't agree with.
their building, in the huge towering Scientology complex in LA was
carefully guarded with sources revealing 'men in suits' stood guarding
every door and even 'escorting' people to their own rooms.
Tug of love: Katie in New York with Suri last week
Support act: The church offers courses and advice to couple's with marital problems
Trapped: Katie and Cruise lived in separate sections of the sprawling Scientology centre in Clearwater
was really embarrassed about it and didn't seem to like people to see
the way she lived behind closed doors. Everyone knew they stayed in separate sections of the apartment,' a family friend said.
Cracks began to emerge after former Dawson's Creek star Katie started to fear for her daughter Suri, six, when she realised Tom's devotion to Scientology could not be wavered.
And Katie, who filed for divorce in New York – where it is thought she stands a better chance of getting custody of Suri, was thought to have 'finally snapped' after seeing a shot of her husband posing provocatively on the cover of W magazine with two women draped over him.
But it was his unwavering commitment to following the Scientology doctrine which sowed the seed of discontent according to family and friends.
The show must go on: Tom Cruise took off
from Reykjavik airport, following news Katie Holmes has filed for divorce
Under the doctrine a child can make his or her own decisions and Tom treated his daughter 'like a little adult'.
A family friend said: 'Tom basically treats Suri as a little adult, however Katie treats her like a six-year-old child, and that causes major clashes. The couple were arguing over Suri.'
The source added to Radar: 'Katie did not want Tom making all the decisions in Suri's life, and that's what was going on.
'She decided it was high time she started deciding on what was best for her daughter, or at least having an equal say, and she knew that would be impossible if she remained Mrs. Tom Cruise.'
Split: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after five years together
Separate lives: Katie and her daughter Suri were spotted in New York yesterday
Focused on work: Tom was pictured on filming his new movie Oblivion in Iceland on Wednesday
SURI IN THE MIDDLE
bitter custody battle is set to break out between Tom and Katie over
their young daughter, Suri (pictured in New York last week).
actress is seeking sole legal custody and primary residential custody
of the six-year-old, and a 'suitable amount of child support'.
even filed for divorce in New York – rather than California – because
the East Coast state doesn't like giving feuding parents joint power to
make decisions for their children, according to TMZ.
But sources say the actor may mount a fight to bring the case to California, which favors joint legal custody.
have suggested that Tom's absence – he has been on a promotional tour
and filming he's new movie – was started to take a toll on his young
Holmes's lawyer Jonathan Wolfe made it clear what his client's priority is in a statement to People magazine: 'Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest.'
But Katie's Catholic parents Kathleen and Martin Holmes are happy to have their daughter back, too.
A source told RadarOnline.com: 'It's been tough for them over the past five years to watch Katie be controlled by Tom and they really felt that they had lost their daughter to some extent.'
'So, that's the one bright side to the divorce — they feel like they're getting the old Katie back again.'
But it does appear that Tom really was blindsided by his wife of five years, as he gushed about her at a ceremony to accept his Friars Club Foundation Award just two weeks ago.
Tom who took his children Suri and Connor, 17, as dates to the event, said after he picked up his award: 'My wife who couldn't be here tonight, I have to thank, she made this suit for me. She's amazing. I'm very lucky to be married to her.
He then added, according to Usmagazine: 'She's in China working.'
She has asked for legal custody, primary residential custody and a 'suitable amount' of child support from her husband, TMZ reports.
Miss Holmes is also asking for a division of property in the divorce documents, although there is a significant pre-nuptial agreement that is based on California law.
The couple are worth around $275million – much of that owing to Tom's box office success.
The terms of the pre-nup are understood to be clear – for each year the couple stay married, the Dawson's Creek actress collects $3million – to a maximum of $33 million after 11 years – as well as their palatial home in California.
If their marriage had lasted more than 11 years, Holmes would have received half of Cruise’s reportedly $250million fortune.
After filing for divorce less than six years later, according to the agreement, Katie should only be entitled to $15million as well as the couple's $35million Beverly Hills Mansion
But with an estate worth upwards of $275million, Katie is expected to seek much more and there is already intense speculation as to how much she will collect when the papers are signed.
Cruise is believed to have 'not seen' the divorce coming.
Dream wedding: The pair married in an Italian castle in 2006 and filed their marriage certificate in California
But sources insist that she did tell her husband of five-and-a-half years that she was filing for divorce – but she didn’t give him a chance to control the spread of the news, as he did with Nicole Kidman.
The fact that she issued a solo statement speaks of some heat around the final extinguishing of the marriage.
However, Mr Cruise's shock is to be believed considering the fact that the pair were spotted together in Iceland around two weeks ago, holding hands.
Skeptic: Katie Holmes is said to dislike and distrust Scientology – of which her estranged husband is a vocal advocate – and no longer wants their daughter to be raised in accordance with its doctrines
Nevertheless, Miss Holmes failed to turn
up to at any of the worldwide premieres of her husband’s latest film
Rock of Ages, despite Cruise’s constant protestations of love for his
The final arguments seem to have been over where Cruise was going to spend his 50th birthday on Tuesday. He told her that he was planning to be on the set of his latest film Oblivion, in Iceland, and that seems to have been the last straw.
The statuesque brunette had frequently been pictured looking drawn and exhausted during her marriage. One Hollywood source said she had been ‘utterly miserable with Tom for months, if not years’.