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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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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.

358 days ago


Tom Cruise is so dumb. He compares someone in a war, with a good or some likelihood to be killed with ACTING. As for his divorce, his personality of forcing his wife to be his religion, is prob. the main reason for his divorce.

358 days ago


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.

358 days ago


This guy must have smoked a lot when he was young.

It severely stunted his growth.

358 days ago

I thought it was because he was shorter than her.

358 days ago


Well that and He's a frickin idiot.

358 days ago


OMG! No wonder women bolt from his sorry a**. Has he ever lost any limbs during his acting prep? He played a snotty Navy lawyer in "A Few Good Men" as well as a "Top Gun" years ago, that hardly qualifies as being a Navy Seal, in a war zone. He's crazy.

358 days ago


LOL! Has Cruise, ever lost any limbs during his prep for a role. He played a snotty Navy Lawyer in "A Few Good Men" No wonder his wives bolt. He's crazy.

358 days ago


this guy is an unbalanced idiot. that is why he can't keep anyone.

357 days ago


Katie Holmes knew all about Tom's Scientology involvement. She is at much to blame for all of this as he is. If she was so against this why did she have a child with him, and used her as an excuse. He helped her with her career. I feel she used him.....

357 days ago


Be careful, Tommy! You are going to have to go back on the "Cans" to be "Clear" if you keep this up.

357 days ago


If this guy has one neuron still firing in his head, he should realize that Scientology destroys lives and generates a great deal of public dislike and mistrust and the best thing to do is exit the cult before it further ruins his life.

357 days ago

Jonas Hammond    

I’m sure he didn’t mean to dis our troops. But I gotta say that when the dust settles on this one, Life & Style is gonna look like an Afghanistan hillside after a battle!!

357 days ago


I ve always said Suri belongs to Chris Klein and I still believe it. The way he screwed Nicolde out of the adopted kids leaves alot to wonder that he DIDNT fight for his own.

357 days ago


never did watch his movies She was right to flee he needs professional help

357 days ago
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