A formerly high-ranking Scientologist who left the church after 22 years says that the son and daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were “indoctrinated” against the actress after the pair divorced in 2001.
Sam Domingo, the daughter-in-law of opera singer Placido Domingo, claims in a new interview that she decided to speak out about Isabella and Connor Cruise’s upbringing she saw a promo for the church starring Isabella in March. In the promo, Isabella, 26, thanks her dad and Scientology for helping her find a “missing piece” of herself.
“Isabella’s being used for PR,” Domingo says. “She’s Tom Cruise’s kid, it’s not fair what they’re doing to her and Connor. They have no choice but to be the poster kids of Scientology now.”
According to Domingo, the Cruise kids were living somewhat normal lives when she got to know them as a supervisor in L.A.’s Celebrity Centre, where they played with her own children. But, she says, things took a dark turn after their parents split.
From then on, she says, Isabella and Connor were separated from other children and were kept under “boot camp” conditions where they were trained to despise their Kidman for being a “Suppressive Person.”
“I know what techniques they used,” Domingo claims. “I know what the second-in-command at the time, Marty Rathbun, did, he was so tough on them, the Cruise kids had no choice. After the divorce, they were indoctrinated into Scientology and very much isolated.”
She adds, “You can’t be anti-Scientology if you’re part of Tom’s family, you will be disconnected—look at his daughter Suri.”
In the interview, Domingo also claims she was coerced into having an abortion by the church, which the a church spokesperson denied.