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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.



My Job's As Hard As


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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She's not into sacred butthole pleasures or dirty Sanchez and the brown finger ceremony. Sorry Tommy!

348 days ago


Have you noticed that only simple dummies with money get into Scientology? I knew the founder and he once told me that the way to get rich was to "invent a religion". It does seem to work just about anywhere.

348 days ago


I'm not crazy about Tom Cruise but I thought depositions were supposed to be confidential and private and not for the internet, Twitter and all the other rags that expose ones lives. This is pretty explicit information and frankly, no one's business, certainly not ours. We've all heard about the Church of Scientology and I'm sure we all pretty much suspected that that was the reason for the divorce; however, Katie must have known going into the marriage that it would be required of her to 1) join the church and 2) see that Suri or any child from the union, was christened in the church.

348 days ago


Good for her if she was scared off by scientology. That would indicate she is the one in the couple that has some sense of reality.

348 days ago


Why is he doing this? Who cares about stupid magazine? It's only going to get all the dirty laundry out. Could have just issued a statement that it's not true.

348 days ago


no kidding. He also had a problem with 33. All 3 wives left him at 33. Love is not to hurt. Religion never breaks up family. Hope not separation.

348 days ago


THERES ONLY LESS THEN 40,000 scientologist left in the world ..they spam creglist big time..they sell books and e-meters on less then 2 weeks in clearwater fl. they're opening up their superpower building so tom..john..kristy and will smith can get superpowers!!!

348 days ago


Absolute Cult !!

348 days ago


Scientology = insanity.

348 days ago


What a wack job. Sure Suri would be crying, all children that are going through what she did, most likely cry when they can't see their dad or mom

348 days ago


Is there anyone in America who does not know that Tom is a devout Scientologist? Katie knew when he started dating her. She knew when she married him. She used him to revive her disappearing career then sneaked away with his daughter. She then enrolled their daughter in a Catholic school. Now she is sitting pretty the rest of her life living off the settlement and the support. What a deal for a few years of work!

348 days ago

Gary Levenson    

You lost Katie cause you were a bonehead...

348 days ago

Dean Fox    

Reading the deposition it seems Tom Cruise is uncertain about some of the church of scientology's more complex philosophies such as suppressive person declare, fair game and disconnection. They really need to depose Tom Cruise's best man at his wedding to Katie, David Miscavige, because as the ecclesiastical leader of the church of scientology he should be able to clear all this up.

348 days ago


He's not articulate, at all.

348 days ago


The Scientology cult was founded by L. Ron Hubbard, a science-fiction writer. He believed that we are descendants of space aliens, and that we must rid ourselves of false religions in order to achieve personal freedom and great accomplishments.

348 days ago
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