Is Scientology Keeping Tom Cruise From Seeing Suri?

by 4:38 PM PDT, April 07, 2015
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In the wake of HBO's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, there are new reports that one of Scientology's most famous practitioners, Tom Cruise, has been an absentee dad to daughter Suri.

An In Touch headline claims that Cruise had spent "540 days" away from the eight-year-old daughter he shares with Katie Holmes.

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"My understanding is that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise don't even speak to each other," Piers Morgan said. "And she, I believe, is very concerned about the effect of the Church of Scientology on Tom Cruise."

Cruise's role in Scientology was spotlighted in Going Clear, directed by Alex Gibney and based on Lawrence Wright's book, though his relationship with Holmes was not. The documentary interviews several alleged former Scientologists who claim that physical and mental abuse as well as blackmailing was used by church authorities.

In a letter to The Hollywood Reporter in response to Going Clear, the Church of Scientology was adamant that the claims in the film were false. "In two hours this film racks up more falsehoods, errors, embellished tales and blatant omissions than were committed by Rolling Stone, Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly combined," the statement reads. "By our calculation, the film on average includes at least one major error every two minutes."

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Cruise has yet to comment on the reports about his relationship with Suri. The 52-year-old actor had been shooting the fifth Mission: Impossible movie in London and is now working on another movie, Mena, in Atlanta. He was photographed over the weekend with 20-year-old son Connor at the NCAA Women's Final Four semifinal in Tampa, Fla.