In a deposition taken in Los Angeles, Tom Cruise was questioned by Bauer Publishing why he did not see daughter Suri for 110 days. The Oblivion star is suing for $50 million over a cover story claiming he “abandoned” his daughter after his June 2012 divorce from Katies Holmes.
Radar Online has obtained Tom’s quotes from the court battle, where he was forced to answer questions about his time away from daughter Suri and his ex-wife’s departure from Scientology.
“Unfortunately in this situation it was impossible,” Tom said of seeing his daughter regularly, due to his filming schedule in London.
Cruise said he phoned Suri nearly every day.
“It’s not an ideal scene. It’s not an ideal situation,” he said. “You have to work at it. I’ve gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories,” he said. “I also find that, you know, Suri is a very happy child, and confident, and has a good sense of herself.”
Cruise said he didn’t travel to New York City for Suri’s first day of school that September.
“If she had asked me to be there, I would have been there,” he said. “I would have worked it out in any way I could.” He said he couldn’t leave the “grueling” movie shoot when Holmes later suggested he come to New York in October, and on other occasions as well.
“Things change and there is different agreements, like in any divorce, where you work out schedules,” he said. “It’s just a different set of circumstances. It certainly does not mean that I’ve abandoned my daughter.”
Tom also revealed that Suri is no longer practicing Scientology. when asked if Holmes left him to “protect” Suri from Scientology, Cruise said, “I find that question offensive. … There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.”
Pressed about whether Holmes left him in part for that reason, Cruise replied, “That was one of the assertions, yes. … There are many other aspects to the divorce.”
Tom also acknowledged that his older kids, Isabella and Connor, haven’t had contact with Holmes since the split.