9 July 2012
If Katie Holmes officially opts to leave the Church of Scientology -- whose current members include Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and Jenna Elfman -- after divorcing Tom Cruise, she won't be alone.
Other A-listers who have decided to leave behind the talked-about religion include Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actor Jason Beghe and film director Paul Haggis.
Kidman, 45, left Scientology after her divorce from Cruise in August 2001. Karen De La Carriere, ex-wife of former Scientology president Heber Jentzsch, claimed to The Hollywood Reporter that members of the church deliberately turned Kidman and Cruise's children, Bella, 19, and Connor, 17, against their mom after their parents split.
"You're either in or out when it comes to Scientology," another expert told THR. "That's why Katie is making custody such an issue in the divorce petition. If you're out, the way she seems to be, they want to cut you off from everyone, including your kids."
G.I. Jane actor Jason Beghe famously left the church in 2007 -- after 13 years. He released a video rant in 2008 speaking out against the group. "Scientology is destructive and a rip-off," the 52-year-old actor said. "It's very, very dangerous for your spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution. I think it stunts your evolution. If Scientology is real, then something's f---ed up."
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