The Girl Next Door
Are Scientologists still watching Katie Holmes? Star's security guards ask photographers on movie set if they're working for controversial church
The Daily Mail - UK
By Sara Nathan
A list star Katie Holmes's security guards are on the look out for Scientologists who may be watching her a year after her divorce from Tom Cruise, photographers have revealed.
Photographers on the set of Katie's latest film "Miss Meadows" ("Tootaloo") in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday morning were approached by a plain-clothed guard, who then asked if they had been dispatched by the controversial church.
The guard allegedly said the actress's security detail had been told to 'keep our eyes open for anything suspicious and to report it', according to one photographer.
Once reassured of the photographers’ credentials, Katie's six-strong security team appeared to relax and the star chose to walk the short distance from base camp to movie set, abandoning her usual routine of being driven there in a heavily blacked out SUV.
Katie has been spotted with her seven-year-old daughter Suri on set and the photographer added: 'When security knew we were only trying to take pictures it definitely seemed to make a difference to how she and Suri are moving around.
'Katie was previously being ushered straight into a vehicle and we hardly saw her, but now she seems less anxious.'
When asked if Katie's security guards were keeping a vigilant eye out for Scientologist spies, her spokeswoman insisted 'this isn't true.'
Burly protection officers have imposed a virtual ring of steel around the film beauty for the last fortnight as she shoots her new movie with co-star James Badge Dale.
In the film, Katie plays a 'well-mannered substitute teacher on a mission to rid her community of evil predators,' according to The Wrap. James Badge Dale plays a town sheriff who falls for her.
Last summer, website TMZ.com reported how several 'mysterious' men in cars had been spotted waiting outside Katie’s apartment and following her while out and about in New York amid her shock split from Tom Cruise.
A white Cadillac Escalade and black Mercedes SUV were seen outside her home, however Gary Soter, a lawyer for the Church, then insisted that the Scientology movement is 'not following Katie or conducting surveillance on her in the wake of her divorce with Tom Cruise'.
Movie heavyweight Cruise, 51, has been a devout spokesman for the church since 1990, later enlisting his wife and daughter into the ranks.
But it’s believed these religious ties ultimately led to the couple’s bitter divorce last summer when Katie refused to let Suri grow up under its shadow.
Scientology came back under the spotlight last month after another of its celebrity advocates Leah Remini quit the church after 30 years.
The "King of Queens" actress had endured
'years of interrogations' for questioning its leader David Miscavige, according
The rift began when she allegedly asked about the absence of his wife Shelley at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2006, where Mr Miscavige was best man.
The question allegedly prompted an immediate backlash from former head of the Scientology Celebrity Center Tommy Davis.
After leaving, mother-of-one Leah said she was 'not about to shut up.'
'We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about,' she told People magazine.
'I believe that people should be able to question things,' Remini explained. 'I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.'
She adds, 'It doesn't matter, it could be anything. I thought about the family being broken up for some other cause, and I'm not about to shut up.
Since making the move to leave the Church of Scientology, Leah has reached out to thank her fans and colleagues for their support in her decision to leave - and is now believed to have signed up for the new season of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
MailOnline has contacted the Church of Scientology for comment.