The final straw in Katie Holmes' decision to file for divorce was that she was convinced Tom Cruise was going to send their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, away to a Scientology organization known as Sea Organization, TMZ.com reports.
Sea Org, as it is known, is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught, and kids as young as 5 can be sent to live there ... without their parents -- and TMZ's sources say Mr. Cruise is a big fan.
Sources told TMZ.com that Ms. Holmes, 33, and Mr. Cruise, 50, had been arguing over Suri's indoctrination into Scientology -- and Sea Org was the flashpoint.
The Sea Org often has been compared to a boot camp, and several ex-Scientologists (including Oscar winner Paul Haggis) have been outspoken against its military-like conditions.
Ms. Holmes felt the only way to save Suri from being shipped off to Sea Org was to file for divorce and seek sole legal custody, TMZ reported.
And just who are those men talking on headsets and taking photos outside Ms. Holmes Manhattan apartment?
Their presence has sparked reports that they are Scientology operatives, hired to follow Ms. Holmes after her surprise divorce filing.
But sources close to the situation say the men aren't related to Scientology at all -- they're actually a new security team hired by Ms. Holmes herself, People reports.
Ms. Holmes rented the three-bedroom apartment in the weeks leading up to her move to divorce Mr. Cruise, who is filming in Iceland.
First Published July 3, 2012 12:00 AM