A former top official of the Church of Scientology says he had Nicole Kidman’s phones tapped at the suggestion of Tom Cruise and Church head David Miscavige.
Mark “Marty” Rathbun, a member of the Church of Scientology for many years and a key aide to Miscavige has revealed these allegations against Tom Cruise in a new documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief”, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Sunday.
The documentary explains how Kidman and Cruise’s relationship which began in 1990 on the set of “Days of Thunder” was frowned upon by scientology officials from the beginning.
The founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard disliked and distrusted psychiatrists and psychologists however Kidman’s father, Dr. Anthony Kidman, who died last year was a prominent psychologist in Australia.
According to the documentary, while Cruise was married to Kidman he was only tenuously connected to the church from about 1992 to 2001. The Church wanted to break up Kidman and Cruise so that Cruise would more enthusiastically embrace the church and help publicise its mission. The Church was particularly worried about his dedication when in 1990 he spent an entire year in England with Kidman filming “Eyes wide shut”.
In the Documentary, Rathbun says Cruise was worried and Kidman and suggested her phones be tapped. Rathbun said he shared this idea disdainfully to Scientology Chairman Miscavige who swore, “Goddamn it”, and order Rathbun to get it done.
Rathbun says in the film that he ordered the phones tapped, “but it’s unclear what information, if any, might have been uncovered by the process”, according to the New York Post.
Rathbun has previously revealed he believes the church brainwashed Kidman and Cruise’s adoptive children, Connor and Isabella, to turn them against their mother.
The Church of Scientology released a statement last night that attacked the film,
“Their sources are the usual collection of obsessive, disgruntled former Church members kicked out as long as 30 years ago for malfeasance, who have a documented history of making up lies about the Church for money,” the statement read.