Katie Holmes was always "careful" with what she said and never revealed too much during Scientology auditing sessions that she partook in during her time with Tom Cruise, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
"Katie wasn't exactly forthcoming with information during her Scientology audit/confessions," a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com. "Katie's father, Martin, advised her to be careful with what she said during these sessions so that nothing negative could get leaked to the press or be used to make her look bad.
"Look, Katie led a very ordinary and honest life before she met Tom and tried to continue to do so during the time she was with him. Katie is level-headed and extremely smart. She was never completely committed to Scientology, but she participated because she truly was in love with Tom and she knew it meant a lot to him. Her heart just wasn't in it though, she was always guarded and careful during the auditing sessions with what she revealed."
RadarOnline.com also report Katie Holmes' family have been getting information for years on "the iron grip" that Scientology has on Cruise's personal and business life, according to their exclusive with ex-high ranking Scientologist Marty Rathbun. "I did audit sessions with Tom Cruise from 2001-2004 and I can tell you that I have a friend that has been providing Katie Holmes' family information [...] about the iron grip the Church of Scientology has on Tom Cruise's family and professional life. This has been going on for at least four years," he added.
The audit sessions with Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were ALWAYS either audiotaped or videotaped, according to Rathbun. "Yes, the sessions were either audiotaped or videotaped, and those remain with the Church of Scientology. The Church definitely would have wanted to know Katie's every thought."
According to church literature, "Auditing is a central practice in Scientology through which a practitioner is cleared of negative influences known as engrams in order to heighten spiritual awareness and access currently untapped potential. Auditing sessions involve two people: the person being audited and an auditor. The person being audited is generally referred to as a pre-Clear in public Scientology literature, although Clears continue to participate in a similar process. Scientologists claim that Clear is a level of personal salvation an individual can reach by purging themselves of unwanted memories or traumas; a process which is estimated to cost an average of $128,000. The auditor monitors a device known as an electro-psychometer, or E-meter. The pre-Clear holds a metal cylinder in each hand, both of which are attached by wires to the E-meter."
Holmes filed for divorce in New York last Thursday, and is seeking sole legal custody and primary physical custody of the couple's 6-year-old daughter Suri.
Rathbun left the church in 2004 because of alleged violence he witnessed at the headquarters in Florida. Marty's book, What Is Wrong With Scientology? was recently released and is available on Amazon for $17.76.
In the same week that Katie Holmes has begun divorce proceedings against husband Tom Cruise, Scientology's International Base in California has experienced further high-profile defections:Roanne Leake, who is L. Ron Hubbard's granddaughter, has "blown" the base, which was her home for more than 20 years. But just as shocking, at about the same time, the base was also abandoned by David Miscavige's father, Ron Miscavige Sr.
Village Voice sent a request to Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw, but received no reply. However, multiple, independent sources got in touch, stating that Leake had left the base about two months ago, and about a month earlier she was preceded by Ron Sr. and his wife, Becky.
Our sources tell us that in each case, these are crucial, longtime Scientologists who have abandoned the only world they have known for many years, and is the latest, most dramatic evidence of a crisis in David Miscavige's leadership of founder L. Ron Hubbard's odd organization.
These sources also refute claims these people may have left the base while remaining in the church, such as on some kind of outreach mission:
"No way. They're all talking to SPs right now," said one source, referring to "suppressive persons," Scientology's jargon for ex-members who have been excommunicated and cannot be contacted by members in good standing.
Through intermediaries, VV.com have put in interview requests to the defected members, and hope to ask about their reasons for leaving David Miscavige's church.
But 2012 is turning out to be disastrous for Scientology: the year started off with a stunning note of dissent by a popular former executive, Debbie Cook, who, in an e-mail distributed to thousands of her fellow church members, accused Miscavige of putting too much emphasis on "extreme fundraising" and driving the church away from the aims of its founder. The church sued Cook, excommunicated her, and then settled its lawsuit with her after she promised never to speak publicly about Scientology again.
Just this week, Wendy Honnor, a well-known Australian Scientologist and former winner of the Freedom Medal of the International Association of Scientologists, dramatically announced her own defection and cited Debbie Cook's e-mail as a major reason for it. Reached through e-mail, Honnor told me, "As you can imagine, I am very taken aback by the huge response to my resignation."
As we were trading e-mails with Honnor, trying to set up an interview, the defection of an IAS Freedom Medal winner was dwarfed by the spectacular news from "Int Base."
It was Ronald Miscavige Sr. who introduced his twelve-year-old son David to Scientology in 1972, hoping to find a cure for his asthma. (See this recent history of the Miscavige family.) Within a few years, David was working directly with Hubbard, and then as Hubbard went into hiding in the 1980s, Miscavige began to consolidate his own control over the organization. Since Hubbard's death in 1986, David Miscavige has run Scientology as an absolute dictator.
But he's had trouble in the past holding on to his own family. His older brother Ronald Jr. (known as "Ronnie") left Scientology in 2000 and has never talked publicly about it. Ronnie's daughter, Jenna Miscavige Hill, who had grown up in the church, left in a much more vocal way, becoming the subject of a 2008 Nightline special on the way children in the church are treated - often harshly, doing hard menial labor for little or no pay.
And now news that Miscavige's own father and stepmother have left -- "blown" in Scientology parlance -- is spreading like wildfire among the ex-Scientology community.
But the news about a Hubbard family member breaking free is even more shocking.
Of L. Ron Hubbard's seven children, only one, Diana, 59, the first of his children by his third wife, Mary Sue, is still a loyal member of the church.
Diana was a favorite of Hubbard's, and served with him aboard his yacht Apollo, as he ran Scientology from a floating armada in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Diana was married to Jonathan Horwich on the Apollo, and they had a daughter, Roanne, who is now in her early 30s.
Only members of the "Sea Org" -- Scientology's hardcore -- live at the base, and most spend lives completely cut off from the outside world. A particularly dramatic example of that was the death last year of Ann Tidman, a woman who was one of Hubbard's caretakers at the end of his life, who remained so sealed off from the world outside the base, her own sisters didn't learn about her death to cancer until six months later.
For Roanne to break free from that kind of insular environment is remarkable, and another indication of how things at the base are deteriorating. Earlier this year, Debbie Cook gave stunning court testimony about high-level executives being rounded up and held in a primitive office-prison at the base for a period of several years. Since about 2002, Miscavige has reportedly been purging the upper ranks of Scientology management of its executives. Many of them have abandoned the base, and in 2009 several former officials went public with allegations that Miscavige was not only imprisoning and humiliating his employees but also physically assaulting them. The church denied that any assaults by Miscavige had occurred and blamed some of the executives for creating an environment of violence. Either way, a hellish picture of the base emerged, and ex-members had predicted that other high-level defections would be likely to occur.
As if church members hadn't been asked to give enough already, several new expensive initiatives have been launched or are in the works, and soon David Miscavige will be announcing one of the biggest revelations of his 26-year leadership of the church: there's a new Bridge to Total Freedom.
Normally in early June, Scientology's private cruise ship the Freewinds is the site of a celebration lasting a week or two which is called the "Maiden Voyage." It's an annual event that marks the anniversary of the release of New OT VIII, the highest current level of spiritual enlightenment, which is only delivered to church members on the ship.
However, this year, Maiden Voyage was reportedly put off until the first week of July, circumstantially confirmed by a St. Kitts music listing for a concert on July 7 to celebrate the Maiden Voyage.
Why is that significant? Sources state that it really is a huge deal. It's on Maiden Voyage that Miscavige, surrounded by some of his wealthiest followers, reveals new initiatives and new products which he'll ask the rest of the flock to fork out for later in the year. And we're told that this year, Miscavige has a whopper of a package to preview, and getting it just right has involved delays which have moved back the celebration.
Those wealthy Scientologists who sail on the Maiden Voyage will learn next week that come this Auditor's Day -- a big Scientology holiday that happens on the second Sunday in September -- church members will learn they have a lot more to pay for...
-- Finally, the new Mark VIII Ultra e-meter will be released, and each and every Scientologist will be expected to purchase one, at about $4,000.
-- Because the new e-meter has to be written into materials, an entirely new "Bridge" is going to be released, with a new structure and with new pricing.
-- And the Super Power building will finally, finally be opened.
We're told that part of the reason for the Bridge do-over is to rewrite materials for the new e-meter, but another reason is that Miscavige is trying to address the bad press over how expensive Scientology is.
Miscavige's overhauling of materials has caused serious strife in the organization before. In 1996, he announced "The Golden Age of Tech" and said that some training levels were in error, and after fixing them, required many Scientologists to redo training that cost them tens of thousands of dollars. In 2007, he republished Hubbard's essential texts in a new package called "The Basics" and pressured all members to buy multiple sets of them at up to $3,000 per set.
At Int Base, the new Bridge restructure and pricing is being referred to as "Golden Age of Tech II" -- a name that had been leaking out among ex-Scientologists in recent weeks.
It's not clear yet whether members who have already moved up the Bridge will have to redo its steps once it is repackaged and repriced. But my source told me there's no question that every church member will have to shell out for at least one new machine. (The Mark VIII Ultra has been in the pipeline for nearly a decade, as Carnegie Mellon University's Professor David Touretzky reveals in lengthy notes about its development. Other rumors had it being priced lower, under $1,000. But my source says Miscavige wanted it cheaper to produce, but even more to buy.)
The wealthy "ambassadors" who go on the Maiden Voyage will, my source tells me, get an opportunity to buy the new machine at a slight discount, and try out new materials, so when the big reveal is made for the rest of the flock in September, they can provide influential testimonials.
Suddenly, the mad push to get Ideal Orgs to open this spring and summer is making more sense. As we saw at the Birthday Event, Scientology's holiest night, celebrating Hubbard's March 13 birthday [wtf how the hell was Hubbard a Pisces], Miscavige used much of the evening (about forty minutes of a 3-hour program) to show speeches at Ideal Org openings in Hamburg, Cincinnati, and Sacramento. For the big crowd at the Auditor's Day gathering, he'll have film of even more grand openings -- at Denver, Phoenix, Orange County, Buffalo and more -- as he whips up the crowd to prepare for news of all the new things they need to pay for. [Fingers crossed for a video, lbr]
With this step, Miscavige is taking a huge risk. Discontent over his first redo of Hubbard's technology -- the 1996 Golden Age of Tech -- has never really died down, and was one of the key reasons for the exodus of longtime, loyal church members, some of them very high profile, like actor Jason Beghe. With intense fundraising driving away even more people like Dave and Synthia Fagen, Miscavige risks another wave of defections by announcing yet another alteration of Hubbard's tech and even more demands for re-payments.
The story about the Int Base defections is ongoing.
That second section isn't directly related to the divorce per se, but it is a nice (if unsettling) little insight into some of the things going down in Scientology's base camp. Besides, it's all pretty much interconnected now, right? Small shoutouts to _sochiq and rkt for title/source inspirations.
Sources:   , , embeds, other ONTD posts, and a quick jaunt round Wikipedia for the lulz