Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise in order to save their daughter from undergoing Scientology auditing.
Katie Holmes filed for divorce in order to save her daughter from undergoing Scientology auditing.
The 33-year-old actress ended her marriage to Tom Cruise - who is a high-profile member of the quasi-religious cult - last week and sources close to the star have revealed she was worried their six-year-old daughter would be subjected to a process known as ''sec checking'', according to TMZ.com.
During these tests the subject holds electrode handles on a device called an electropsychometer or E-Meter and is then asked a series of personal questions that help the church locate ''areas of spiritual distress'' but according to ex-members it is designed to help kids spy on their parents.
While the person is being asked the questions, a church auditor collects E-meter readings from the device, which has been compared to a polygraph machine.
According to former Scientology member and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, the tests often help members to remember past lives.
He previously explained: ''If you're having a fight with your girlfriend, the auditor will ask, 'Can you remember an earlier time when something like this happened?' And if you do, then he'll ask, 'What about a time before that? And a time before that?' ''
It has also been claimed Katie ended the marriage because she was concerned Tom wanted to send Suri to the Sea Organisation - a floating Scientology school.
Those on board the ship are required to commit themselves to the quasi-religious sect for a billion years and allegedly asked to disconnect from any non-believers.