Los Angeles - Actor Tom Cruise
called reports that he had abandoned his daughter Suri after his divorce
from actress Katie Holmes "patently false" in court documents for a
defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuit against a German media
In a declaration that
offered a rare glimpse into the actor's marriage and his Scientology
religion, Cruise said he had "in no way cut Suri out of my life -
whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise."
declaration was filed this week in California federal court as part of
the ongoing lawsuit, which is asking for $50 million in damages.
In a September video
deposition as part of the lawsuit, Cruise's life with Holmes and Suri
came under scrutiny. In court transcripts, the 51-year-old actor said
that while Holmes, 34, was a practitioner of Scientology before and
during their marriage, she left the church when she filed for divorce.
said one of Holmes' "assertions" for the divorce was that she wanted to
protect Suri from Scientology. He added that 7-year-old Suri, his
daughter from his marriage to Holmes, was not currently practicing the
The initial lawsuit was filed by Cruise in October 2012 against Bauer publishing
Company, after the company's magazines had published reports claiming
Cruise had abandoned Suri following the couple's 2012 divorce.
Bauer's publications include U.S. celebrity magazines Life & Style, and InTouch Weekly.
he chosen Scientology over Suri for good? Abandoned by Daddy.' I mean
come on, that is absolutely disgusting. That is absolutely disgusting,"
Cruise said in the video deposition.
very privileged to be able to have the life that I have, and I believe
that. But there is a line that - that I draw for myself and - and that's
it. And I asked for an apology. I asked for a retraction. They denied
The court transcripts
from the September 9 deposition showed that Cruise had only seen Suri
for 10 days in the immediate five months after Holmes filed for divorce
from the actor in June 2012.
actor said he found questions regarding whether Holmes had left him and
Scientology to protect their daughter "offensive," and said "there are
many different other aspects to the divorce."
with any relationship, there are many different levels to it ... I find
it very offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my
religion," he said.
Representatives for Cruise did not immediately return Reuters' requests for comment.
who has become part of Hollywood's A-list and fronts action franchises
including the "Mission Impossible" films, is one of the highest profile
members of the Church of Scientology, a religion founded by science
fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1954.
of Scientology believe humans are immortal beings whose existence
extends beyond one lifetime, but critics of the church describe it as a
cult that harasses people who try to quit.
Leah Remini was one of the most prominent celebrities to leave the
Church of Scientology earlier this year, and has spoken out about being
cut off by many friends due to her decision.