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.