Scientology Is ‘Creepy and Weird Cult’, Claims Rupert Murdoch on Twitter

Rupert Murdoch has described Scientology as a “weird cult,” following the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce story Sunday.

The News Corporation chief executive said, the religion followed by Tom Cruise, is a “weird cult”. Mr Murdoch risks a backlash as a number of Hollywood stars, including actors such as Cruise and John Travolta, are involved with the cult. Photo: David Shankbone/Flickr

The press baron took to Twitter to comment on the story, which broke on Friday following Holmes’s announcement that she was filing from divorce from Tom Cruise, who is a prominent member of the Church of Scientology.

“Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hiearchy (sic),” Murdoch wrote on his Twitter account, @rupertmurdoch.

He continued: “Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”

Murdoch’s claims resulted with dozens of retorts like this post from a Paul McAllister: “you calling somebody else creepy and evil? Pot have you met kettle?”

In order to anticipate further response to his message from the Church of Scientology, Murdoch went on: “Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story.”

When asked by one user of the social network whether he was a Christian, the outspoken octogenarian replied: “I try to be.” He also commented on Mormonism, writing: “Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil”.

The world’s most visible Scientologist, Tom Cruise, wife Katie Holmes filed to divorce him ‘because of those deep ties have intensified scrutiny of the religion.’

Cruise’s rep said the Hollywood star was “deeply saddened” by the news, claiming that his wife’s announcement had taken him by surprise.

As TMZ reports, Tom’s soon-to-be-ex is convinced that private detectives hired by the Church are watching her every move.

According to the magazine, several mysterious men and vehicles had been spotted staking out her apartment.

“Specifically a white Cadillac Escalade and black Mercedes SUV have been seen near Katie’s NYC apartment for the past week,” it said.

Although the woman cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce, she reportedly had to end the five-year marriage to save the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Suri, from Scientology.

Katie, raised as a Catholic, said that she wanted sole custody of Suri as she is terrified that her six-year-old daughter “would soon have to begin Scientology schooling”.

“The (watchers) looked like former military or police and were carrying a small pocket digital camera,” an insider revealed.

However, some sources has recently claimed that C three times-wed Cruise, who is to celebrate his 50th birthday on Tuesday, is set to fight back by launching rival divorce proceedings and demanding they be heard in LA.

The Sun writes that the “Mission Impossible” star had hired lawyers to prove his wife does not meet residency requirements to file in New York because although the couple have a property in the city in California.

A source told reporters: “At the same time, Tom will file for divorce in California and will request joint custody of Suri. There is absolutely no way he is going to let Katie have sole custody. The lines are being drawn and this is going to shape up as a very contentious custody battle.”

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