Rupert Murdoch Attacks Cruise and Scientology As 'Creepy, Maybe Even Evil': [ send to a friend ]
"Very weird cult," Murdoch says on Twitter, "but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hierarchy."
"Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people."
Biographer Andrew Morton wrote in his 2008 unauthorized biography of Cruise that the actor had become the second in command of the Church of Scientology.
Scientology teaches that people are "immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature." Its method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counselling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to "consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects."
Murdoch says he received "hundreds of attacks" after sharing his thoughts.
"Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening," he explains. "Still stick to my story."