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Through stealth activity, which included the use of burner cell phones, Katie Holmes plotted her divorce from Tom Cruise in secret and came out unscathed in the court of public opinion.

Now, similarly, the actress has left the scene of a car accident without any significant injuries.

Multiple outlets confirm that Holmes and six-year old daughter Suri were hit by a garbage truck last night while driving in the star's Mercedes. No one was hurt, but a police report has been filed.

Katie and Suri

"Suri was crying in the car," says a People Magazine insider, who adds that Holmes was not driving the vehicle.

Strangely enough, the crash marked the second time in four days that Holmes and Suri have been involved in an accident. Last Friday, a member of the paparazzi hit their car as they were arriving home after a trip to FAO Schwarz.

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter Suri Cruise was the force behind their prompt divorce settlement, as neither party wished to see her affected by it.

Katie and Tom seemed poised for nuclear war after she filed for sole custody in divorce papers, but in the end, Suri played peacemaker rather than weapon.

After Katie filed, hostility was off the charts as she looked to strip of all decision-making power in Suri's life, allegedly fueled by fears of Scientology.

Tom responded by unleashing the full power of his team of attorneys. Yet less than two weeks later, the two sides negotiated a divorce settlement.

It's almost unheard of, and they can thank Suri for it.

Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes

A series of conversations with Suri and close confidants apparently made TomKat realize the six-year-old could be irreparably damaged by parental warfare.

This hit home with both Tom and Katie, and allowed the lawyers to go into negotiations looking to deal amicably, rather than stick it to the other side.

The terms remain confidential, but Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes agreed that Suri will live primarily with her mother with "generous visitation" by her dad.

"They both love their daughter," says one source, and while he wants to be a big part of her life, forever, "Tom thinks she should be with her mother."

The superstar also "didn't want his family dragged through the mud," says the source. "Neither one of them wanted this to be hashed out in public."

Due credit to both for seeing that it wasn't.

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Suri Cruise likely holds the key to divorce settlement talks between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, even if the six-year-old has no idea of this fact.

Lawyers for both sides are trying to work out a settlement that would avoid a costly, ugly, protracted and public court dispute between them.

Custody of young Suri could make or break that deal, as Tom insists any deal offers him "meaningful, significant contact with his daughter."

One source put it, "She is the primary concern in his life."

Tom and Katie

Katie filed for sole custody in June, reportedly prompted by fears that Tom's Scientology beliefs would become a central component of her life.

Tom's people have disputed this, albeit without really elaborating.

Regardless, Holmes' camp reportedly has assured Tom he will be able to spend time with his daughter when he finishes his new movie shoot.

Lawyers for both sides met for a full business day on Saturday, working on not just a temporary stopgap but a settlement for the divorce.

Attorneys are negotiating custody, visitation, support and property settlement, and while the tone has been "calm," things are still in flux.

In other words, a deal could get done, or talks could break down at any time. But for the moment, no one is rushing to the courtroom.

 

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Tom Cruise is reportedly bitter at soon-to-be-ex Katie Holmes for not only blindsiding him with divorce papers last week, but for using their six-year-old daughter Suri as a weapon against him in the proceedings, according to reports.

The two are no longer on speaking terms as a result.

Although Tom now has "absolutely no contact with Katie," his people are negotiating with Katie's people over when and how Tom can talk to Suri Cruise, and Holmes' people are allegedly making that difficult for him.

Tom, Katie and Suri

The 50-year-old movie legend does speak with his daughter by phone at least once a day, TMZ sources say, but note that it hasn't been easy to get that.

When Tom does get Suri Cruise on the phone, he has not discussed the breakup of his marriage with his daughter. Nor does he know when he'll see her.

Things are "really bitter now" between Tom and Katie, people close to the situation say. He feels betrayed and thinks she is "using Suri as a weapon."

Whether she's being used as a weapon or not is subject to debate; fears over how she will be raised are legitimate, and are said to have prompted her to leave Tom.

You can bet that the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce will remain contentious if she continues to seek sole custody and limit his exposure to Suri.

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Tom Cruise is reportedly gearing up for a fight.

Having been blindsided last week by his spouse, he is ready for a custody battle over Suri Cruise and preparing to counter-file for divorce in California.

According to celebrity gossip sources, Cruise wants to ensure that Katie doesn't get sole custody of Suri, which she asked for in her New York filing.

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Cruise's camp says the divorce can only take place in New York if the marriage occurred there or the spouse has been living there continuously.

Despite the couple owning an N.Y. apartment deeded in her name, he will argue that both live in L.A. and she doesn't meet N.Y. residency requirements.

This is significant as N.Y. courts are perceived as much more likely to award sole custody in a contentious divorce than their California counterparts.

An insider added of Cruise's game plan: "There is absolutely no way that he is going to let Katie have sole custody. The lines are being drawn."

The somewhat surprising Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce came out of nowhere, allegedly prompted by her fear of Scientology groups corrupting Suri.

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The catalyst for the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce appears to have been fear of their daughter being immersed in Scientology, according to reports.

Specifically, a Scientology organization known as Sea Organization (or Sea Org), where the religion is taught to kids as young as five, was the final straw.

Kids can be sent to live there without their parents to learn the highest levels of the belief system. Tom is said to be a huge supporter; Katie not so much.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Picture

Even before she filed for sole custody of Suri, Katie and Tom had been arguing over the little girl's indoctrination into Scientology. She's now six years old.

Sea Org has been often likened to a boot camp; ex-Scientology members have been outspoken against its military-like conditions on several occasions.

Members of Sea Org must sign "a one-billion-year pledge to symbolize their eternal commitment to the religion and it is still signed by all members today."

When Holmes and Cruise first hooked up in 2005, Jessica Feshbach, who had been with Sea Org since 1994, became her Scientology handler/chaperone.

In one of Katie's first interviews after getting together with Tom, Feshbach was described by a writer for W magazine as "cold-eyed" and "a third-wheel."

Katie, 33, reportedly felt the only way to save Suri from being shipped off to Sea Org was to file for divorce from Tom, 49, and seek sole legal custody.

The church denies, meanwhile, that the actress is being stalked by Scientology minions around NYC, a report that circulated over the weekend.

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Katie Holmes surprised many of us by filing for divorce from Tom Cruise, but the apparent reason behind her decision would likely be anyone's first guess.

Scientology.

Sources say the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce is happening for precisely that reason, specifically her concern that Suri will be introduced to it.

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Their daughter is now six, the age where Scientology will begin to be a major part of her life, and Katie fears Suri will be dragged in too deep.

Holmes has never fully committed to Scientology, TMZ reports, despite her ties with the church and more than five years of marriage to Tom.

Many observers felt their marriage would never work for this reason; Katie respected Tom's beliefs, but raising their child his way a different story.

As she's grown, the couple had been arguing over Suri with greater frequency, and Katie eventually filed for divorce to protect the little girl.

A key detail in the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce filing was the location in which it was filed: The 33-year-old actress made if official in New York.

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Suri Cruise turns six today. Six!

She's officially too old for our celebrity babies section, which we continue to use anyway, because we're lazy and don't get a lot of celebrity toddlers search queries.

Still, SIX!

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' only child (he has two adopted kids from his marriage to Nicole Kidman) Suri has been under a microscope since the day she was born and we thought she might not really exist. Ah, 2006 ... memories.

Anyway, enjoy some cute Suri Cruise pictures in honor of the special occasion, which also happens to be Kourtney Kardashian's birthday! Woo hoo!

  • Stylish Suri
  • Suri and Katie Picture
  • High Heeled
  • Suri With Katie
  • Suri Cruise: NOT Baby Gap Model
  • Dressed For the Weather
  • Suri and Katie in Brazil
  • Suri C. Pic

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Suri Cruise is by no means on auditioning for Toddlers & Tiaras.

Nevertheless, the famous 5-year-old TomKat kitten has raised eyebrows of late with her fashion choices (or more accurately Katie's), especially having been spotted in New York sporting crimson lipstick and a hot pink hat this week.

This begs the question: Do Hollywood kids grow up too fast?

Stylish Suri

Yes, this is Hollywood, where the rules are clearly different from the rest of the world, and we are not trying to single out Suri Cruise (normally a fab dresser) here.

She's far from the only star tot to don makeup, though, and you tend to see more of that sort of thing within celebrity culture than in the quote unquote real world.

Tarting up one's daughter during such tender years is not a crime or grave parenting error, it just seems a little unnecessary. Wouldn't you want to put that off?

Soon enough, they'll be acting and wanting to dress like adults. Why give them that push and hasten the end of whatever innocence they have left in life?

You tell us: Is it okay for celebrity kids to wear makeup?

 

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Kourtney Kardashian and Suri Cruise just turned a combined 37!

The reality TV star and daughter of TomKat both turned another year older and wiser on April 18 (sorry for the belated wishes, ladies). Despite their age gap, Kourtney (32) and Suri (5) have something in common - being famous for no reason!

Sorry. We kid. Well, mostly.

The Birthday Gal

There are similarities if you think about it. Both are often associated with crazy men (Scott Disick, Tom Cruise) and 97 percent of what you read about them is BS!

Anyway, here's wishing a happy birthday to Suri. Hope you had fun, cutie!

Happy birthday to Kourtney Kardashian too, we guess, even if we'll never forgive her for rejecting THG's Co-President on the first season of Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, then getting knocked up by Scott like a week later.