A former top official of the Church of Scientology says he ordered Nicole Kidman’s phones to be tapped at the suggestion of Tom Cruise and church head David Miscavige.
Former Scientologist Mark “Marty” Rathbun, a member of the church for many years and a key aide to Miscavige, makes the allegations in an explosive new documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief,” which debuted Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kidman and Cruise’s relationship, which began after they met on the set of the 1990 film “Days of Thunder,” was looked upon with disfavor by Scientology officials from the start, according to the documentary, directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”).
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard disliked and distrusted psychiatrists and psychologists, and the animosity toward the field remains in today’s church, according to the documentary. Kidman’s father Dr. Anthony Kidman, who died last year, was a prominent psychologist in Australia.
During his marriage to Kidman, Cruise was only tenuously connected to the church from about 1992 to 2001, according to Scientology experts interviewed in “Going Clear,” which is based on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book of the same name.
The church, according to the documentary, wanted to break up Kidman and Cruise so that Cruise would more enthusiastically embrace the church and help publicize its mission.
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