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Tom Cruise

Admits Katie Holmes Fled Because of Scientology

11/8/2013 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Cruise admitted that Katie Holmes left him partly because of his ties to Scientology.

Cruise sat for a deposition in his $50 million libel suit against a magazine company that claimed he abandoned his daughter Suri.

In the deposition ... Cruise squirmed in his chair as the lawyer for the magazine repeatedly asked if Katie fled their marriage because of the Church.  Cruise hemmed and hawed, suggesting it wasn't true, and then the lawyer asked whether "Katie Holmes left you in part to protect Suri from Scientology."

Cruise answered:  "Did she say that?  That was one of the assertions, yes."   

Cruise also admitted that Suri is NOT a member of Scientology anymore.

The story that triggered the lawsuit claimed Tom abandoned his daughter.  In his depo, Cruise says for the period between June 18, 2012 and Thanksgiving, 2012, he estimates he only saw Suri 10 days.  During one stretch ... Tom admits he didn't see his daughter for more than 100 days.

The lawyer for the magazine grilled Tom about his desire to see Suri.  The lawyer pulled out aviation documents showing Tom flew from Pittsburgh to London on Oct. 15 for the International Association of Scientology convention.   Tom returned to Pittsburgh the next day.   Tom said it was very important to attend, and then the lawyer made it clear Tom never took such quick trips to see Suri.

And in another part of the deposition, the magazine's lawyer brought up the part of the story in which they claimed Suri was "upset and crying a lot" when Tom was absent.  In the depo, Tom admits being absent, but adamantly denied Suri was upset.

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TOM CRUISE

My Job's As Hard As

FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN


1108-tom-cruise-gettyTom Cruise not only thinks he trains harder than Olympic athletes, he believes his job as a professional actor is as grueling as fighting the war in Afghanistan -- this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

As we reported, Cruise recently sat for a deposition in his $50 million libel suit against a magazine publisher that claimed he abandoned daughter Suri -- and his quotes are GOLD.

First, the Middle East -- Tom says his location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan, "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal."
 1108_afghanistan_war_footerAs for his physical training, Tom said, "There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film." But the kicker, he adds, "A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day. When I'm shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day."

1108_olympic_action_footerBut it's not all grenades and triathlons  ... Tom says he's only flown commercial ONCE in the last 4 years ... and that was because he had no choice. 

And there's this ... Tom says the skills he's picked up along the way have provided shortcuts in his relationship with Suri.  For example, he says it's not always necessary for him to be physically around Suri, because he can tell her vivid stories on the phone that come to life.  Tom says, "I've gotten very good at [talking on the phone]. I've gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it."



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1.

TMZ Nick    

:D

247 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Katie saved Suri from that cult, good 4 her

247 days ago
3.

Ryuk    

Why is he putting himself through this for money he doesnt need .

247 days ago
4.

Kelly    

Tom Cruise is a nut job.

247 days ago
5.

UNLV1990    

TC is crazy all day., everyone knows that.

247 days ago
6.

samael    

this is the actual cost of fame - no matter what your job is or relationship is - religous beliefs are individual.

i do respect tom cruise for anserwing a question he never had to answer- why people divorce or what time they fart is non of our business.

Dictatorship is akin to kkk

Way to go tom, go forward with your standing up for your rights - no matter what a person's job is - the person still has human rights

247 days ago
7.

STFUP    

Of COURSE that was a big part of the reason she left. I would have taken my kid & run from that CULT too!

247 days ago
8.

oink    

Who is the bigger ******* LOSER father Sheene or Cruise ?

247 days ago
9.

Pete Beau    

HO MO

247 days ago
10.

Pudding Tang    

Only a midget psycho would choose Xenu over Katie.

247 days ago
11.

Johnny Carcinoma    

Xenu, warrior princess.

Attn: All Scientologists

YOU ARE IN A DANGEROUS CULT. YOU'RE BRAINWASHED AND NEED TO GET OUT ASAP.

247 days ago
12.

Mandy    

This trial is going to be like gold for the tabloids.

247 days ago
13.

get real    

I can see him. He Squirmed in his seat. Yes Katie Ran because of Your Cult Beliefs.. Squirm Baby squirm. Your a weirdo TC.

247 days ago
14.

Meanie    

Cult freak. Katie did the right thing.

247 days ago
15.

karisma    

One day, all the Scientology people will realize that L. Ron was having them on. (He's quoted in interviews years ago that the way to earn milliions is starting a religion. Right before he started a religion. Math is your friend.) That will be a fun day indeed.

247 days ago
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