“Going Clear” Scientology Doc Reveals Tom Cruise Had Nicole Kidman’s Phone Tapped

“Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief,” which premiered this past Sunday at Sundance, promises a variety of disturbing revelations about the secretive and notoriously vindictive church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Along with the stuff we’re used to hearing — like how the church abuses its members and destroys families, drains its members’ bank accounts and goes after anyone it considers a “suppressive person” (Scientology talk for people who oppose Scientology) — the doc also focuses on the church’s relationship with its celebrity members, including how it set out to destroy the marriage of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.

Apparently, because Kidman had no interest in joining up, and because father was a prominent psychologist (Scientology really hates psychology), the church considered her trouble from the beginning. In fact, they literally declared her a P.T.S. Which is another Scientology term, not meaning “pre-teen sensation,” but “potential trouble source.”

During his marriage with Kidman, Cruise strayed from the Church. David Miscavige, the church’s leader, then enacted a plan to break them up in order to bring Cruise back into the fold. He encouraged the members “auditing” Cruise to make him feel paranoid about their relationship, and soon enough Cruise was hiring a private investigator to have Kidman’s phone wiretapped in order to assess whether or not she was discussing their marital problems with those outside the church. The Church also worked to turn the couple’s son against Kidman, hoping to ensure that Cruise would receive full custody in the event of a divorce.

The documentary also suggests that John Travolta is basically trapped in the church for fear they’ll reveal some “secrets” he’s confessed to auditors. Which is not that big of a revelation as I clearly remember my mom telling me about that back when I was a kid and “Look Who’s Talking” came out — so it’s at least been the “word on the street” for decades —  but it’s probably never been officially proven or discussed by people who were actually there at the time. [The Hollywood Reporter]