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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."



206 COMMENTS

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91.

Kevin    

Tom, how many people are you willing to lose in your life for this ridiculous cult!?

259 days ago
92.

Michell    

All this to stroke his ego? Suri know when she's older that the press makes things up or not. She'll have experienced it her whole life. We know Tom has not seen Suri a lot...it's obvious. So, he brings all this to the surface to make himself look better. Go make another movie multi-millionaire. That seems to be on the top of his list!

259 days ago
93.

Chris    

I wouldn't want to see that precocious spoiled ugly little brat either.

259 days ago
94.

chuck    

IDIOT.......... of course it is............... you are an idiot for still being connected there

259 days ago
95.

dmurphy229    

Katie needs to speak up and squash this nonsense about the amount of time Tom spends with Suri. This is Their business... Look I divorce my ex, my daughter loves her Dad. I wouldn't let anybody talk carp about him (except) me. And it was never around her. We don't know what goes on in others lives. Live and let live.

259 days ago
96.

jed    

This one sounds more believable...
Tom is Gay and the marriage was arranged

259 days ago
97.

AFTRA    

Smart girl! Who wants to be part of a cult??

259 days ago
98.

Kelly    

He seems to be a complex guy, he's a reasonably good actor and seems to be making fairly good decisions about certain things but I don't understand this irrational scientology thing. A religion that claims we from another world and that an alien race exists and even has a name for it is clearly not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I would have left him over Scientology too and the man even enrolled his daughter in this cult? Looks like she got out just in time.

259 days ago
99.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

I bet he regrets suing them. I wonder what he expected to come of this when he knew in his heart that what they were saying was true. It's sounding like he chose the cult over his child.

259 days ago
100.

bo    

duh ....who wouldn't split ?

259 days ago
101.

zoolady    

I think he's giving more credibility to their negativity with the suit, it seems that perhaps he's up in arms because it hit a nerve.

259 days ago
102.

zoolady    

Also, since he's such a zealot, why doesn't he just marry a girl who is already a hard core Scientology freak? The "conversions" aren't working.

259 days ago
103.

OK    

Tom is bats. He is his own worst enemy.

259 days ago
104.

spudnik56    

Well duuuhhh...Scientology is for the brain dead...

259 days ago
105.

Jayne    

No shock she was scared of this freaky "religion".

259 days ago
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