Jessica Derschowitz , CBS News
Tom Cruise has admitted in a court deposition that Scientology contributed to his split from Katie Holmes.
The revelation was part of a Sept. 9 deposition taken in Los Angeles as part of a lawsuit Cruise filed against Bauer Publishing. He's suing for $50 million over two tabloid stories that claimed he "abandoned" the couple's 7-year-old daughter, Suri, after their 2012 divorce.
According to the deposition (a transcript of which obtained by RadarOnline), Cruise was asked by a lawyer for Bauer if Holmes left him to "protect" Suri from Scientology.
"I find that question offensive. ... There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion," Cruise responded.
But when he was asked whether it was "one of the reasons" Holmes left
him, Cruise responded, "That was one of the assertions, yes." He also
said "there are many different other [sic] aspects to the divorce."
51-year-old actor also revealed Suri is no longer practicing
Scientology, and that his children with Nicole Kidman, Connor and
Isabella, have not had contact with Holmes since their split.
parts of the deposition focused on Cruise's relationship with Suri and
how long he's away from her. At one point, the actor acknowledged he did
not see his daughter for more than 100 days last year, from Aug. 4
"Unfortunately, in this situation it
was impossible," he explained, citing a "grueling and ambitious" shoot
in London for the film "Edge of Tomorrow," formerly titled "All You Need
Cruise said he's worked hard to develop a
phone relationship with his young daughter. "You have to work at it," he
told the lawyer. "I've gotten very good at it. I've gotten very good at
it. I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it."
Questions also centered on Suri's first day of school (had she asked
him to be there, Cruise said, he would have tried to make it happen) and
why he was able to fly from the U.S. to London for a Scientology event
but did not make a similar effort to see his daughter, to which he again
cited his filming commitments as well as coordinating schedules with
"When a divorce occurs things change. And
it's more complicated...you now have to ask for permission and organize
schedules to make things happen. So it wasn't -- it's not an ideal
scene. It's not an ideal situation," he said, later adding, "What
doesn't change is the love I have for my daughter, the fact that I
didn't abandon her emotionally, physically or otherwise."