Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has taken to Twitter to urge people to ‘watch’ Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce, even labelling Scientologists as ‘creepy and evil’. The outspoken octogenarian tweeted, “Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”
His warning comes as Holmes claimed that her every move has been tracked by a team of mystery men — who she believes have been sent to spy on her by the cult Murdoch also posted that Cruise was ‘number two or three’ in the ‘very weird cult’. The News Corporation chief executive risks a Hollywood backlash as a number of movie big hitters, including actors such as Cruise and John Travolta, are involved with the cult. The media mogul sparked an immediate backlash with his controversial tweets. He first tweeted yesterday morning, “Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in [hierarchy].”
Murdoch was quickly attacked for his comments with one user throwing the ‘creepy and evil’ insult right back at the 81-year-old tycoon. However, Murdoch refused to back down, tweeting later: “Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story.” After one user asked Murdoch for his views on Mormonism, he replied, “Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil.”
Katie Holmes filed for divorce from 49-year-old Tom Cruise, her husband of five years, in New York on Thursday. Meanwhile, unknown people in two cars have been seen tailing Holmes since before she filed for divorce, prompting speculation they are rogue Scientologists, it was claimed yesterday.
The church insists the men have nothing to do with it, with the lawyer for the Church Gary Soter said that the Scientology movement is ‘not following Katie or conducting surveillance on her in the wake of her divorce with Tom Cruise’. But it has been claimed this tracking has been going on for weeks — even before Friday’s shock announcement that the pair will divorce.