Tom Cruise: Scientology Factor in Divorce, He Says in Lawsuit About Suri

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Friday, 08 Nov 2013 03:57 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Actress Katie Holmes divorced Tom Cruise partially to protect their daughter from the Church of Scientology, the "Mission Impossible" star admitted in a lawsuit he filed against two celebrity tabloids.

According to, Cruise admitted during a cross examination that Holmes told him Scientology was one of the reasons she was leaving him and that their daughter, Suri, would not be practicing the religion. 

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In October 2012, Cruise filed a $50 million lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines, claiming that the celebrity magazines defamed him with stories saying he abandoned his young daughter.

At issue are the July 30, 2012, Life & Style cover story "Suri in tears, abandoned by her dad," and In Touch's Oct. 1 article "Abandoned by daddy," TMZ noted.

Cruise appeared defensive in the deposition when he was grilled by Elizabeth McNamara, the lawyer for Bauer Media, about the role Scientology had in his divorce from Holmes. 

Bauer Media is the parent company for both Life & Style and In Touch.

"Listen, I find that question offensive," Cruise said in page 110 of the deposition, when he was asked if Holmes left the marriage "in part to protect Suri from Scientology." "I find it, those statements offensive. Like with any relationship, there are many different levels to it. You know, I, I find it very offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion."

When McNamara continued to press Cruise on the issue, asking if Holmes ever told him about wanting to protect their daughter from Scientology, Cruise said, according to page 111 of the deposition, "Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."

Cruise admitted that his daughter was not practicing the religion and went on to say that Scientology criticisms come from a misunderstanding of the faith.

"It shows a lack of respect and understanding for my religion," Cruise said. "That is understandable in that it is a minority religion. People don't know and understand, and of course the way things are reported and taken out of context, like many things, can create this kind of sense of what something is as opposed to people going and finding out and knowing about it themselves."

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