The Girl Next Door
Tom Cruise Defends Himself in Revealing Court Documents: I Didn't 'Abandon' Suri After Divorce'
By Wade Rouse
In court documents, Tom Cruise is speaking out against the allegations that he "abandoned" his daughter Suri following his divorce from Katie Holmes.
While Cruise, 51, has said very little in public about his divorce from Holmes, 34, and relationship with 7-year-old Suri, the court documents he filed in his $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing for magazine cover stories claiming he "abandoned" his daughter after the high-profile split speak volumes.
"The assertion that I 'abandoned' Suri after my divorce is patently false," Cruise states in the documents. "I have in no way cut Suri out of my life – whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise."
Although the Mission: Impossible star states that he was shooting two movies at the time the "Abandoned by Daddy" story was published, he states in the court documents, "Suri and I saw each other in person in July, August, November and December 2012. But even during the times when I was working overseas and was not able to see Suri in person, we were (and continue to be) extremely close."
The actor continues in the documents: "We spoke on the phone nearly every day, and I regularly asked for and received updates concerning her friends and school life, which I then discussed with her during our regular phone calls. As my numerous emails with Suri's mother during this time period demonstrate, I was a constant presence in Suri's life during the time that defendants claim falsely that I abandoned her."
The court documents end by stating: "I also understand that defendants claim that Suri was 'feeling abandoned' during this time period. This is also patently false. While I'm sure my daughter misses me when I am not with her (as I miss her), she is a very happy child, and we have a wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls."
"She has never indicated, in words or substance," the document concludes, "that she has ever felt abandoned by me."