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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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106.

TJ    

Katie wants to be the STAR-she used Tom Cruise.

750 days ago
107.

TJ    

Is the child being told to cover her face from the photographers? It must be so frightening for her. And the mother insists on dragging her all over the place for her own personal publicity. Suri reminds of Gloria Vanderbilt. She will be the "Poor little Rich Girl."

750 days ago
108.

Straight Talkin Texan    

Great pic of Suri. It's great that Tom and Katie have worked out a deal. "...what turned everything around was a series of conversations that Suri would be irreparably damaged by parental warfare." They should have known this already. Anyway, what would be best for Suri is to have her parents work out a way to STAY together, but that's just my opinion.

750 days ago
109.

Nana    

Poor poor poor Katie. Come on, she did not go into this marriage innocent and blind. I may not share beliefs other than mine but I do believe in people's right to them. Scientology did not keep her from marry him or getting pregnant by him before that so Scientology should not be made the issue. I think they both realized how nasty it could get and how miserable everybody was going to end up being so they did the right thing period.

750 days ago
110.

May    

If Suri decides not to join Scientology after she turns 18, will she be shunned by Tom and her half siblings?

750 days ago
111.

Cindy    

Can't decide if my response should be, "Duh!", or "B.S.!" IMO, Katie drew a line in the sand, and that was it.

750 days ago
112.

curious george    

If Katie Holmes sat down in front of you pathetic people and told you all straight to your faces that every word of this statement written above was true (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) you wouldn't believe her. You all are just butthurt because instead of making this a 3-ring circus they BOTH chose to do what was best for the child. Now because the details will not be public knowledge you all can profess that "YOU KNOW" until you are blue in the face! LMAO...

and yes...I just set up an account 43 minutes ago, I am a scientologist or a scientologis rent boy who is LAUGHING HIS BUTT OFF!!!!!!!

750 days ago
113.

NoBozo    

Oh plz. Cruise didn't want the bad publicity to harm his reputation as Mr. Good Guy, nor the Scientology cult to be exposed. He could care less about the kid and her delicate princess privileged psyche being damaged. He just doesn't want any woman to have the upper hand, much less be taller and successful.

750 days ago
114.

Netizen    

Katie won this battle but Tom will eventually win the war.

750 days ago
115.

Kathy    

So parental warfare is harmful to kids, but turning your children against their mother and cutting them out of her life isn't?

750 days ago
116.

Dean    

Fran bulls**** only because the press looks at them now doesn't mean they care . how comes nobody worried about his other children even nicole kidman didn't use the press to get them free

750 days ago
117.

Frau Holga    

I am willing to bet that Bella made this happen. If anyone knows the damage that a warring Tom and his ex can do to a child, it's Isabella Kidman Cruise. She is the sanest one in that family.

750 days ago
118.

TheRedPill    

Who isn't sick to death of the moneyed, arrogant, self-appointed, so-called "elites" who actually believe they are better than, and should make all the decisions for, "the ****roaches," as they like to call anyone who isn't them.


This is not a joke, and it is MUCH much bigger than just Suri and Kate and custody. It's about a deceptive, evil, dangerous cult which has NEVER voluntarily lost a soul, never takes no for an answer, and which will undoubtedly continue to pursue Suri through the years, and turn her against Kate.


It blows my mind that "they" STILL think their antiquated smear and mind-control techniques in the press are going to work.


This isn't ten years ago, the internet has hijacked the conversation from the mass media, and it has changed everything


Tom and Co. are delivering a great big slap in face to the public with their manipulations, back-room "deals," a smear campaign against Marty Rathbun????


The "church" is RIGHT NOW, TODAY, knee-deep in murders, disappearances, and more controversy than probably any other organization in recent memory, and they have the NERVE to smear Marty Rathbun???


How freaking stupid do they think we are????


I, for one, plan on reading Rathbun's blog every single day, and any other website about Scientology survivors. I hope this is the beginning of the end of mass mind control, via the media, once and for all.

750 days ago
119.

TheRedPill    

"Some people, well, if they don't like Scientology, well, then, **** you. Really. **** you. Period."
- Tom Cruise


Um....ditto, Tom???

750 days ago
120.

Liz    

I would love to know what Katie has on Sciencetology

750 days ago
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