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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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106.

Gayle    

Scientology may have been the cause of the breakup, but I believe the quick signing of divorce papers was due to the fact that he didn't want her to let the world know that he is NOT Suri's biological dad. That's why he agreed to whatever she wanted in the divorce agreement.

162 days ago
107.

Dave    

Earth to Tom, Earth to Tom, yes your crazy and
nutty, scientology, drove your wife nuts. Hello
Tom, anyone home upstairs.

162 days ago
108.

Woo Hoo    

Tom - what an ego maniac schmo !! Bet his words take him off the A list just like what happened to Mel Gibson

162 days ago
109.

Linda    

I have watched numerous do***entaries and read tons of information on Scientology and I still don't understand it.

162 days ago
110.

Linda    

I have seen do***entaries and read tons of stuff about Scientology, maybe I'm too dumb to get it, but, I just don't understand it.

162 days ago
111.

JRAY    

How long before Scientology dis-associates itself from Cruise?

Unfortunately for Scientology, his love for his Church exceeds and exceeded the love and commitment for Katie and Suri.

162 days ago
112.

Barbara    

He's a what? Actor? Making movies for entertainment? And he compares this to being in a frigging war???!! He has gone over the edge. He's a movie actor who is paid FAR more than he is worth.. like most of those Hollywood types. Good for Katie . getting out of that fiasco!!

162 days ago
113.

Tessa    

This is all the work of scientology ways. They have control over their members and they want control over the rest of us too. I do not trust anything pertaining to scientology. If it looks like a cult, acts like a cult, feels like a cult, it's probably a cult!

162 days ago
114.

Jess    

What would Tom Cruise know about fighting in Afghanistan? This spoiled little man has insulted every man who fought or is fighting in Afghanistan.

162 days ago
115.

Undul-rundul    

The truth of the matter is she found out he had 3 inches of flaming steel and it was way too small so became a muslim !

162 days ago
116.

Denese    

If Suri is no longer in $cientology, then Cruise has to dump her, right? That's the rule, no exceptions. Members must cease all contact with non-members, even family. His adopted kids stopped having contact with Nicole.

162 days ago
117.

cantralia    

Scientology is a cult that has some profile actors in it but look seriously at the actor they are all strange... As for Tom Cruise thinking his acting on a little movie is harder than being a solider In Afghanistan... what the hell crack is he really on?? As if acting in a movie is like putting your life on the each and every day... as a soldier I know it is nothing the same... He is a total flake and yes he had abandoned his daughter over the Scientology cult and he stupid movie... what a looser

162 days ago
118.

Donna    

Every single time Tom Cruise files a lawsuit it generates tons of publicity for him and, surprise, we are blessed with yet another one of his stellar blockbusters. Don't ask me why this guy is so famous because he cannot act for sh** - and never could.

162 days ago
119.

Bob P    

Why do these actors act like donuts in reality terms with all the weird behavior

162 days ago
120.

exoticdoc2    

Marrying the guy in the first place was not too wise, but at least Holmes had the wit and wisdom to keep her daughter out of a dangerous, nutty cult.

162 days ago
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