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Tom Cruise 'Was Kid-Gloved Into Joining Scientology,' Reveals Former Spy

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Jul. 10 2012, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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Currently seen as a major recruiter and promoter for Scientology, Tom Cruise's indoctrination into the controversial religion was far from chance, and has exclusive details on how the Hollywood actor was lured in at the peak of his fame.

The Mission Impossible star was initially introduced to Scientology in 1990 by first wife, Mimi Rogers, whose father Phil Spickler was one of the most powerful members during the early L. Ron Hubbard era.

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Seven years younger than his actress wife, Cruise fell under the spell of the religion and claimed the study technology helped him get over his severe dyslexia and reading difficulties.

"I knew some of the people who kid-gloved him into becoming a member," Nancy Many, who worked with celebrities at the Scientology's Sea Organization, told in an exclusive interview.

"Everything was orchestrated and orientated," explained the former Scientology spy. "Tom has a problem reading so they don’t have him doing the course on his own and paired him up one-on-one.

In 1989 when the action star was filming the Vietnam saga Born On The Fourth of July, his pairing up with a veteran from the war was far from a coincidence.

"He was matched with a wonderful, wonderful man who was a hero in Vietnam and was part of a group in the Tet Offensive held down by the Viet Cong. It was done on purpose, the manipulation is often unseen or unnoticed by the person being manipulated," Many told

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While Cruise bonded deeply with new leader, David Miscavige, who took over the church after Hubbard's death, Many revealed that Scientology head Miscavige was not always honest with his number one recruit.

"Marty Rathbun has revealed that Cruise’s auditing sessions were recorded and listened to by Miscavige, and laughed at by him," she said.

Having divorced Rogers after just three years of marriage, Tom quickly moved on to Days of Thunder costar Nicole Kidman, who was not a supporter of the teachings that controlled Cruise's life and although the relationship lasted more than a decade, he was never out of the grip of the church.

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"They had this wonderful anniversary then as far as I am concerned, he gets work done one on one and is told ‘You’ve got to get back into the fold, Nicole is stopping you,’ all this was manipulation," explained Many.

"The level of manipulation is unbelievable, it is like the Truman Show," she added.

Now having settled his third divorce on Monday, it seems that the 50-year-old's relationship with the controversial religion will outlast any that he has with the women in his life.



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