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.
Tom Cruise Admits Katie Fled Because of Scientology
ADMITS KATIE HOLMES FLED BECAUSE OF SCIENTOLOGY
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