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Suri Cruise

Triggered Divorce Settlement

7/10/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise went from zero to nuclear war in an instant when she filed divorce papers, but it was little Suri who became the peacemaker ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.

Our sources say ... a week ago Thursday, after Katie filed, the hostility between the two was palpable and Suri became a weapon. Katie wanted to strip Tom of all decision-making power in Suri's life, and Tom responded by unleashing the biggest legal guns around to fight her.

We're told what turned everything around was a series of conversations that Suri would be irreparably damaged by parental warfare. It registered big time with both Tom and Katie, and it allowed their lawyers to strike a deal in what could be record time for this type of divorce.

Fact is ... it generally takes celebs in these high-profile divorces a lot longer to realize how bitterness affects small kids, so credit to both.

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Troy    

Katie know Tom's secrets and Scientology's cult secrets so she received what was best for Suri.

650 days ago
17.

RaineeDrops    

Scientology damage control. Now they want to soften Tom and Scientology in the headlines.

Transparent.

650 days ago
18.

RaineeDrops    

Katie had to of had something on Tom and Scientology that they knew she'd expose if he did not hurry and settle.

650 days ago
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Googie    

Bull twinkie, not buying it. It was Tom's crazy cult, not Suri, that brought a quick divorce settlement. Way too much bad publicity coming out due to this divorce, more than the cult could quiet or coverup.

Stories about how people were being kept against their will & how they had to escape the cult's compound. TMI for the cult's comfort.

650 days ago
20.

Sandy2410    

Hi

650 days ago
21.

MICHAEL JACKSON/TOM CRUISE FAN FOR LIVE    

TEAM TOM

650 days ago
22.

KATHY =( ^-^ )=    

If Katie gives in. Then off to the CULT for Suri. There is no compromise here.Katie must take the full side of removing Suri from that nut case.

650 days ago
23.

Truth    

YEA, AND IMMA SURE THE GO BETWEEN WAS MISCAVIGE IN TOM'S EAR. "GET THIS SH*T DONE OR ELSE WE REVOKE YOUR ZOMBIE XENU CULT ID. PUPPET MASTER TO TOM. PUPPET MASTER TO TOM... 10-4??" #TRUTH!!

650 days ago
24.

C. Fox    

Kids ruin every fake marriage.

650 days ago
25.

Dean    

KATE will lose her daughter , is she really stupid enough to believe Tom has no other ways to brainwash Suri than to send her to school . He can invite all kind of people to his home and I doubt he agreed to supervision from Kates Nannies or Bodyguards .
In few months Suri will call her mom Kate and will be mad at her because daddy treats her like an adult and a princess who can make her own choices and when he brainwashed her he can go to court and Suri will say that she wants to stay with her Dad .

650 days ago
26.

Dean    

Compare Kingston , Levi, the backham boys , the affleck girls , even the jolie-pitts . the kids are confident and happy infront of the cam . Suri is scared like a maniac , both parents failed because she has no confidence and look at her dress and hair it was braid and it still looks messy and dirty

650 days ago
27.

Fat Mike    

Katie and Suri need to move to France with Halle Berry

650 days ago
28.

Onward    

Or here's a thought: Katie knew way too much, and Tom caved to keep her from going public. That's more likely than saying he gave in to keep Suri from parental combat.

650 days ago
29.

suspenders    

What a load of spin.......Suri's mother did what she had to do extricate them from the mother ship....and she did!

650 days ago
30.

Proud2bBlack    

They are both good parents to put the child first. And all parents of small children should take note. If you must part ways, do it amicably and and always put the child or children first. I'm glad Tom & Katie didn't allow the media to have a circus with their private affairs. Great going TOM & KATIE. Suri is pretty little girl. Now stop poking your nose into it TMZ. Enough already but it seems you're not satisfied that they settled without your nosey staff fueling the fire.

650 days ago
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