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Tom Cruise Spied On Ex Nicole Kidman’s Friend Russell Crowe, Feared Cheating

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Sep. 26 2016, Updated 11:08 a.m. ET

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Tom Cruise and his Scientology allies were infamously rumored to have wiretapped Nicole Kidman after their nasty split in 2001. But now, a shocking new tell-all about the religion is claiming the paranoid actor also spied on his ex-wife's friend, Russell Crowe.

In Steve Cannane's book Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia, the journalist alleges that the 54-year-old father wanted to dig into the then up-and-coming star's relationship to Kidman and pry inside his personal life.

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Cruise "wanted to find out more about the conversations she was having with her long-term friend," former Scientologist Marty Rathbun told Cannane in the book. "We got in a big background number on Crowe. We went and investigated him to find out everything about him right down to the doctor who delivered him."

Masterminded by Cruise, the church began a full-blown "surveillance operation" on Crowe, now 52, who was rising to fame for his Oscar-winning role in Gladiator.

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Despite the scheming superstar's suspicions, "there was no evidence that Crowe was being anything other than a good friend" to Kidman, Cannane wrote.

Rathbun, who claimed he knew about the content of the calls and even briefed Scientology leader David Miscavige on the matter, insisted the conversations were innocent.

"In my personal opinion, there was nothing to warrant any concern," he assured Cannane.

As previously reported, Cruise and Scientology also allegedly destroyed Kidman's relationship with her older children, Bella, 23, and Connor, 21.

According to ex-Scientologist Leah Remini, Bella slammed their mother , now 49, as an "SP," or Suppressive Person, and refused to talk to her after the divorce.

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