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Suri Cruise

Triggered Divorce Settlement

7/10/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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phillygal    

Call it anything you want, but we all know it's hush money and primary physical custody to Katie to keep Tom's deep, dark secret quiet.

645 days ago
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bearforce1    

They already had a non disclosure agreement.

She got everything because she could get around the non disclosure agreement by giving evidence in court.

Tom lost hard and has given her whatever she asked for.

Tom you lose. Katie won. Katie got exactly what she wanted keeping suri away form the evil cult of scientology.

Remember Tom had a prenup that gave katie nothing. Why would Tom give Katie anything if he didn't have to. Katie forced tom to do what she wanted because Tom and scientology are scared of exposure through the courts.

645 days ago
78.

Celebrities Suck    

I knew Tom was a weirdo....

645 days ago
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QE2    

I think the Church of Scientology is the only thing that Tom loves more than being a control freak. If his divorce from Katie was making it look bad he would rush to protect his church. Or he was told to. The top people in that church are quite powerful in the eyes of their faithful followers. I'm sure Cruise didn't want any future "promotions" within the church compromised.

645 days ago
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smartypants    

Have you guys seen the "Who is Marty Rathbun" video - it's a big banner ad on another gossip site and apparently an attempt to smear Rathbun - it is HILARIOUS and so pathetically transparent as to be downright embarrassing for whoever put it out there. It is also not particularly well produced so there's that too.

645 days ago
81.

Madison    

Suri did not trigger the divorce settlement. It was the fact that Katie was going to drop dimes on Tommy's lifestyle. He was afraid she was going to tel the world that he is gay.

645 days ago
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Huckleberry    

What are you carrying water for Tom Cruise now? Harvey, I have lost all respect for you and your colleagues. How is Suri a weapon if KH wants to protect from a crazy cult? It is like you are ready a press release from Tom Cruise.

645 days ago
83.

Scorp    

Watch it TMZ...with your biased Scientology slant over the last few days, you may lose some readers.

645 days ago
84.

DaveT    

Suri wins, Tom-haters lose :)

645 days ago
85.

Truth    

How many more of these we're-just-guessing posts will TMZ have on this subject? Tell us some more how EXCLUSIVE it is. It's over and you got nothin', deal with it.

645 days ago
86.

Sandra     

Don't believe it and suggest Tom did not want his cult and other personal things aired in the public arena!!

645 days ago
87.

Kari    

I really doubt either Katie or Tom needed to be told that parental warfare would be difficult on their child. That's a pretty well known fact.

645 days ago
88.

big'un    

Katie had Tom running scared or he would never of settled so fast.

645 days ago
89.

Smoothie    

So, you like the "sources" that agree with you and distrust the ones that do not ...? LMFAO

645 days ago
90.

cantgetright    

That's okay. One day, she's going to jump in her Subaru hybrid, with her girlfriend, and get the hell outta there.

645 days ago
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