Home Celebrity Katie Holmes Should Be Nervous About Tom Cruise’s Sister Visiting with Suri

If I were Katie Holmes, I’d be a bit apprehensive about Tom Cruise’s visit with six year old Suri at the Greenwich Hotel. Why? Tom has brought with him his sister Cass Mapother, the Scientology homeschooling teacher who instructed Nicole Kidman’s kids, Connor and Isabella, away from their mother. Cass was also one of Katie’s “minders” during her wilderness days with Cruise. She was the one who appeared with her mother at the Armani fashion show in 2007 and threw herself between me and Katie before I could speak to her. (I often wonder how much of this period Holmes remembers.) Cass Mapother is married to Greg

Capazario, a long time Scientologist who runs one of their sketchier activities, Criminon. (This for the indoctrination of prisoners in jails.) These people are hardcore in the cult, and not exactly the sort of people who would tread lightly around poor little Suri. Cass Mapother’s first husband took Scientology courses 20 years ago before he left her. Their child remained behind (just like Cruise and Kidman’s kids) and became a serious Scientologist. Cass Mapother was seen in pictures yesterday at the Greenwich Hotel bearing gifts of toys for Suri. Caveat emptor, Suri.

Even though Katie Holmes has enrolled Suri in a Catholic school, let’s never forget Tom’s exchange with Diane Sawyer. To wit; there are Catholic Scientologists and Jewish Scientologists. “But we,” Tom said, “are Scientologist Scientologists.”

Cass Mapother, by the way, by all accounts is also on her third marriage with Capazorio. She’s been registered with Scientology under three different names. During her second marriage in the 1990s, she worked feverishly up the Scientology ladder. She completed about 40 “courses” between 1994 and 2005.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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