With speculation swirling about just what came up during top-secret negotiations in the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, one side is doing its best to shoot down some of the rumors. E! Online reports that a lawyer for Cruise is saying the actor’s controversial religion was not a factor in the divorce settlement.
"Let me be very clear about this. The Church of Scientology played absolutely no role in the divorce settlement talks at all. Period," Cruise attorney Bert Fields told Radar Online, according to the report.
Rumors have focused on Scientology as a factor in the split and a sticking point in the talks. Not so, says Fields. "The mere suggestion that the Church was involved in any element of the talks and ultimate settlement is categorically false,” he said. “Anyone suggesting otherwise is just wrong."
The report notes: “Shortly after word of the split broke, a source close to Holmes told E! News exclusively that the 33-year-old was ‘never truly comfortable’ with the religion. ‘It was something she accepted and put up with for many years because it was important to Tom,’ the source said, adding, ‘It wasn’t that she was against Scientology … but she also didn’t want it to be her everything, and for Tom, in some ways, it was.’"
The report adds that a representative for Scientology has denied accusations that the church sent a surveillance team to keep track of Holmes’ activities following the couple’s split.
“News of the divorce settlement has also fueled talk of Scientology’s subsequent role in Suri’s life, with reports surfacing that Holmes demanded the religion not be discussed around the child, and that Suri be accompanied by Holmes’ personal staff during visits with Cruise,” the story adds.
Jonathan Wolfe, Holmes’ lawyer, isn’t offering much insight. "There are numerous inaccuracies in the reports regarding the purported contents of the agreement reached between the parties,” Wolfe said. “The agreement is confidential and its terms will not be disclosed."