Cruise denies 'abandoning' daughter Suri

Cruise denies 'abandoning' daughter Suri
The family in happier times, pictured in 2007

Tom Cruise has told a court he maintains a close relationship with his daughter Suri, despite his divorce from her mother and a hectic film schedule.

The actor’s two-page description of his relationship with his daughter came in a court filing to support his defamation action against a magazine publisher.

The declaration was filed in a case against Bauer Publishing, which Cruise, 51, is suing over a pair of 2012 tabloid stories that claimed he had “abandoned” Suri. The stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines cited Cruise’s absence from Suri’s life because of overseas film shoots.

“I have in no way cut Suri out of my life – whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise,” Cruise wrote. He said despite filming back-to-back films in the second half of 2012, he spoke to his daughter nearly every day and got frequent updates about her from her mother, actress Katie Holmes.

Cruise’s lawyers are asking a judge to order Bauer to declare it did not have any sources to support its contentions about his parenting role.

Bauer’s lawyers argue that a judge should reject Cruise’s motion. They also cited files they have turned over to Cruise’s legal team that describe the magazine’s reporting and statements from confidential sources that the actor had missed Suri’s first day of school and could have flown to New York to see her.

Cruise sued Bauer Publishing last October and his lawyer Bert Fields attacked the notion that the actor had deserted his daughter as a “vicious lie”.

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