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July 10th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

A former Scientologist explains the difficulty in the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce

Piers Morgan invited former Scientologist Nancy Many and mental health counselor, Steve Hassan, on "Piers Morgan Tonight" last night to talk about the structure and practices within the controversial organization.

Many, who was involved with the organization for 23 years, stated that "every individual that has a contact with Scientology has a very different understanding. They have key core organizations, which Tom Cruise is very connected with, called the sea organizations."

"Now, Suri and Katie are public Scientologists," explained Many, the former personal aide of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. "When you are committed to the billion-year contract, you are a member of a group that controls basically 24/7 your entire life. And that is not the case with Katie or Suri."

Hassan commented on the difficulty of leaving a Scientology relationship such as that of Cruise and Holmes. "It's incredibly difficult because of the indoctrination," explained Hassan.

"First of all, it starts with deceptive recruitment. But the indoctrination, the hypnotic techniques that are used – the training routines – the processing that goes on – the installation of phobias. That if you leave the group, you're losing the bridge to total freedom."

Late last night, the church of Scientology released a statement on the divorce.

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    July 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dave Bachman

    The question you asked is what I would like an answer to, "What is Scientology?" A one segment answer is too short. Please have a full 1 hour show on that subject with knowledgeable and unbiased guests to provide the answer. I suggest you include Nancy Mary who appears to have historical knowledge that goes back to the Church of Scientology's origin.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kronk

    Scientology's claim of having no interest in the personal affairs of TomKat or anyone else is ironic. Their whole scam is predicated on people spilling their innermost thoughts and secrets about everything, including their relationships, and their "ruin," the latter which Scientology uses to extract more money any way it can.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. worldcares

    I liked the interview with Rob Reiner.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Monica Pignotti, PhD

    Mr. Hassan appears to be making unwarranted assumptions about Katie Holmes being under so-called "mind control" that are without basis. He also continues to make unsubstantiated statements that all people in "cults" have a dissociative disorder and are under "mind control" and have a "cult self" that is in danger of re-emerging unless people get his brand of post cult therapy. Again, there is no real evidence to support this and people need to keep in mind the fact that Mr. Hassan makes his living doing this kind of work. On the contrary, it appears that Katie was and is very capable of independent thought and action and it is likely she never fully bought into Scientology in the first place.

    Just so Mr. Hassan doesn't attempt to label me as being under "cult mind control" for disagreeing with him, I want to state that I am all for competent therapy. What I take issue with is the generalizations about all people in Scientology and the labeling of people with disorders that one has never met, much less personally examined.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Enola Apolito

    Actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are having a hard time convincing people of their sudden hot and heavy romance. In a poll taken in New York City's Times Square, over 2/3 of the respondents believed that the Cruise and Holmes romance is a publicity stunt due to their upcoming movie releases (Cruise's War of the Worlds and Holmes' Batman Begins. Actors/actresses notoriously fall in and out of love in Hollywood, so why is there so much speculation about this romance. Why is this romance such a hard pill to swallow? Doesn't anyone believe in love at first sight anymore?...`.

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    May 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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