TomKat divorce puts spotlight on Scientology
Church at center of high-profile custody fight
- Duration 6:48
- Date Jul 4, 2012
Church at center of high-profile custody fight
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Escorted back in session on the docket today a controversy over a church now at the center of Hollywood's latest high profile split.
Reports suggest today that Katie -- seen in this photo taken last night.
Without her wedding ring is now apparently planning on using Tom Cruise has ties to this church of Scientology's.
To argue for sole custody of their daughter Surrey.
Now we knew that but we're getting new evidence and where she might go with the argument today.
She split with crews -- -- we are told over his plans to send Surrey to the churches so called sea org group.
It is headquartered out of this secret desert compound called the gold base.
And the 500 acre California State where members reported the use military ranks and are expected to salute high ranking church members like cruise.
Is just the tip of the iceberg.
Check out this nine point four million dollar mansion apparently built by former members an expectation of the return -- of founder of the religion L.
Ron Hubbard who has been dead since 1986.
And with the goal based compound equipped with razor to defense's motion sensors and what appears to be a heavily camouflaged sniper style bunker.
We'll show that to you know in a minute there are questions about whether this argument is stronger for Katie Holmes -- at first we were led to believe.
Joining me now fox of legal analyst Mercedes call -- and defense attorney David -- Aren't so the Daily Mail has got these pictures in great detail and talk about that the gold base as the secret desert hit headquarters of psychology.
And -- York sea org is -- group that now some reports receive either saying Tom Cruise wanted to send his six year old daughter -- And that this was the point this was the breaking point for Katie Holmes saying.
I'm not gonna do it.
Is this likely to persuade a judge and we see the pictures of the bunker and so wanna hear what goes on at this compound you think you.
-- she had a case.
And one of the things -- -- the -- -- the look at the totality of the circumstances what the environment that the child's going to be very -- because what the bottom line is.
What in the best interest of -- But Katie Holmes comes -- -- this is the type of environment we had discussed and that she was going to be sent there.
In fact I have seen some sort of interrogation of of Tom's older children I was very disturbed by it I didn't want this same circumstances to be fit to be -- on my daughter.
That's why I'm striking my independent that's one coming forward and think there's evidence that might child may be interrogated in the same way -- this.
And yet well interrogated I don't know -- any part of the religion is these one on one auditing sessions.
Where apparently holed some -- slim silver colored handle of an.
And you that the -- is then gradually revealed to you as you pay more I mean work harder well in order to master L Ron Hubbard's teachings.
So maybe this is part of me you know a bit this is part of the religion and her parents a Scientologist -- shouldn't she be doing it.
And Megan who hasn't done that you know.
Look it's not exactly Disneyland and the judge could be concerned about the sniper bunker.
Or the whole punishment area get those things are normal in -- this is not the desert.
It's a rural community not far -- where I live about 35 miles west of the desert so.
This is -- the feds are investigating this and I get yep those are the primary issues for consideration in custody Megan's.
Can you provide a caring loving environment an idea of the money obviously both of them due to facilitate the child's upbringing.
And will you facilitate visitation by the other parent and -- may have a problem there.
She's also foreign form shopping she says suddenly she's been in New York for three weeks so I'm a new Yorker.
And New York is much more likely to grant her sole custody.
And I think that's something that may not work because I don't think New York we'll have jurisdiction.
But as a reason it's always good to go there's our goes -- that a California -- -- -- -- -- as we get Mercedes it might look.
You know we only have the rights truck to a couple these pictures if you look at all the beautiful and how secret it could be if it's -- huge and sprawling.
As it appears to be the other thing that occurs to be knew coming in Iran is.
It may sound weird to laps but you know -- strident catholicism to you know somebody who never heard of it I find that weird to -- -- -- thing.
You know -- same -- so.
Is it really the job of the divorce court to say I'll Scientology's.
That's a bridge too far and even -- both parents -- Scientologist.
Were -- -- -- -- she's less Scientology's that he is so we're gonna give the child to the mother.
I think there's going to be some trouble I mean it -- -- to a balancing test here she he have to determine whether which environments going to be better for the child and you're right any any any sort of religion could be described it to the extreme a upon those who were learning of it but for the first time.
But I think that the balance and that's obviously it's it's the rates of Tom Cruise who is a loving doting father but by all accounts no -- ever said that.
He wasn't a good father even -- his older children.
Verses of the home that bit.
That -- can provide and frankly the 3000 miles apart I think there's going to be some challenges but in that -- thing.
Katie can come -- I think these are the practices that give me the -- concerned about my child my child is only 56 years old.
That's the reason why -- coming forward I am the guardian of the child I'm here to protector this is what I know about about the religion.
-- -- able inevitably come into the discussion even if the judge says I have to look at.
Even a political now converting this analogy she is also a Scientologist but David asking us how cruises is huge celebrity he's shooting -- these movies is a much better starting Katie Holmes as.
Does that work against him in this custody proceeding and we shouldn't work against him that he is a big success and is funding you know the families bells.
Well not I don't think that our against him what could work against him is instability in that he flies around the world and shoots movies.
And will hire nannies take care of the child but Megan there are other concerns such as Scientology's -- Scientology's influence.
And medical decisions that Katie is upset about.
Rather than having the -- deal with medical decisions so there's going to be orders made by the judge.
Ensuring that doctors take care medical decisions insuring that the child probably does not visit that compound.
Any time soon because that's those are reasonable concerns that she's got.
-- you look at the whole article that you the Dayton Daily Mail an article -- to have all the pictures of what's going on there.
I mean you get.
I understand why she's upset but the judge can make restrictive orders and I think right now Megan it's anybody's guess is -- who's gonna get custody and where it takes place the form California perhaps New York.
Is only gonna be worked out by the -- behind closed doors because neither one of them wants this going you know imminent public proceeding in a courtroom our panel thank you both so much happy Independence Day.
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