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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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61.

Sacha    

Such a PR stunt by toms camp...Duhhhh

838 days ago
62.

FLO    

Tommy had no idea of the fire storm Katie wanting out would create and the cult could not risk anymore secrets exposed or bad publicity.

838 days ago
63.

awesomewave    

When is Suri going to be fed false information about her mother like what happened to Nicole's adopted kids?

838 days ago
64.

bb    

Whatever psychological mindcontrol tricks the scientos know must be pretty danm scary. One minute Katie really looked like she meant business, the next she's caving in to a quite settlement. I remember being totally shocked when Nicole just gave up Bella and Connor without a fight - that was just sooooo out of character for Nicole and I reckon she's still deeply troubled by it.

838 days ago
65.

Dean    

Scientology had dirt on Kate too . it's not only what Kate could say about them but they also have videos and records of her . She sold out her daughter and is celebrated as the hero ? If Suri haven't been to the Scientology kindergarten where else has she spend her time with other kids ? Tom wouldn't let her play with avarage kids . did she only grew up around her mother and her Nanny ?

838 days ago
66.

ohreally    

Beautiful child that will grow up to be a psycho because of her stupid ass parents.

838 days ago
67.

Wellington     

It's really underhanded of Scientology to try to deflect attention onto Suri and off of them. With all the bad press Scientology has been getting it's very obvious they wanted Tom to settle as quickly as possible to try to get public scrutiny off of Scientology.
Miscavige must have finally realized that times have changed since Tom did his number on Nicole. The internet has grown a lot since then.
Shame on TMZ for becoming Scientology's mouthpiece.

838 days ago
68.

Baker    

Tom settled this quickly because he has movies coming out and he did not want them to flop like Mel Gibson's did. The public saw what he did to Nicole and would not put up with it again with Katie. Katie also knew a lot about him and his doings. All good for everyone.

838 days ago
69.

FLUX    

Do you really have to exploit this child to keep your website popular and make more money? I guess so.

838 days ago
70.

StarryStarryNight    

tommygirl is trying hard to salvage his career and his cult.

it's not working. it's not going to work.

he went straight back to work? wow, you'd think someone as big (lol!) and powerful as tommygirl would be able to get a couple of days off from filming to see his daughter.

838 days ago
71.

justoverit    

Scientologist Alexander Jentzsch was only 27 when he died. Cause of death undetermined at this time. His mother who is no longer a practicing member is not allowed to attend the funeral per instructions from the power that be in the scientology. These people are heartless robots. So scientologists I ask you why...why a mother would not be allowed to have closure. What can he tell her now that would be harmful. Or are you so busy covering up the death of a 27 year old man. Lisa McPherson all over again.

838 days ago
72.

seamus     

Everyone was going off about protecting Suri and know that the settlement seems to be in her best interest the anti-Tom people are still not satisfied. As someone else pointed out scientology has info on Katie also. Do all of you people really think Katie is a saint. She married Tom, had a child with him. enjoyed his money etc. It's over, get over it!

838 days ago
73.

Pimpcessa    

You know, I doubt this whole thing would've blown up so big, had Tom not come out saying he was "blindsided". I mean, yes there divorce would've made news, however when you add the drama of her supposed sneakiness to get away, it became all the more interesting to watch. And, in turn, that's when all the reports from former Scientologists started coming to the forefront.


Maybe if Tom would have just treated this thing like a man, instead of trying to get public sympathy, we would have juste read "TomKat Divorcing" instead of "Katie FILES FOR DIVORCE...TOM, BLINDSIDED". Which certainly made it more contencious and more interesting and we were all on her side, watching her protect her daughter from the griips of Crazy Tom and Scientology.


Then again, the media could have made the **** up anyway. I mean, we've all been here glued to this story for a week and a half. But his attorneys definitely put the spin of "Tom the Victim" out there.

838 days ago
74.

janet    

Well the good thing is that Katie is out from under Cruises control and she and Suri is away from Scientology. She doesn't have to worry about having her every move thoughts and feelings dictated to her. Hell they probally had fun going food shopping together.


Holmes has a great family, good friends and a ton of support. Hopefully Suri can be a typical little kid who will fall down and get boo boos, cuts and scrapes, play with other kids, make friends, learn how to ride a bike and so on. Wouldn't that be great.

838 days ago
75.

Wellington     

So TMZ who in the hell are "sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ." ? Some Scientology rep who picked up the phone to give you this spin? Or was it Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, who often hired private investigator, Anthony Pellicano to do his dirty work. Pellicano is now serving 15 years in prison for wiretapping the rich and famous.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/15/anthony-pellicano-sentenc_n_151272.html

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