Tom Cruise suspected that Katie Holmes used the paparazzi to her advantage, with the goal of portraying him as a cruel nut job, according to treasure trove of emails.
A brutal back and forth exchange between the stars' camps that often featured their 7-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise, in the center, came to light for the first time this week.
Cruise is suing a tabloid, In Touch, for $50 million for claiming he abandoned Suri during the pair's divorce. As such, he was deposed and many revelations were uncovered.
In August 2012, Cruise’s team suspected a tough cover story on the dad’s alleged over-the-top efforts to charm his daughter were planted by Holmes “in true scum form."
Tom's publicist Amanda Lundberg suspected the source of leaked information regarding Cruise taking Suri to Disney World on a private jet was Jeanne Yang, Holmes’ stylist.
“At this point she and they are involved in a conspiracy,” another email from Cruise’s public relations team said of Yang. “They know she’s making this BS up.”
The team of Cruise supporters also suspected that Holmes was using the paparazzi to keep herself in the public eye during the stunning split from her famous partner.
Lundberg wrote in an email regarding the prevalence of photos of a distressed - or happy, depending on what she wanted to convey - Holmes outside her NYC apartment:
“(Holmes's publicist) calls the paparazzi every time K gets ready to leave the building as the doormen are always surprised how they suddenly show up when she is about to leave."
At one point Cruise’s people even considered calling for a truce with Holmes because of the continuing trauma the public back-and-forth could cause Suri.
“This is getting more disgusting if that is even possible. And this should be curbed whenever possible - their daughter doesn’t deserve these incessant lies,” Lundberg wrote.
On Thursday, the first details regarding the divorce began to trickle out when it was revealed Holmes left him because of Scientology, his controversial religion.