Tom Cruise has admitted that Scientology did play a part in his divorce to Katie Holmes, according to new reports.
The Hollywood couple may have split way back in July 2012, but the Mission Impossible actor is heading back to court with more matters regarding his personal life.
Filing a $50 million (£31m) lawsuit against US magazine publisher Bauer, over stories that claimed he had abandoned his daughter Suri, Tom has consequently spoken out about the split for the first time.
The star’s new revelation has been heared in a 48-page transcription leaked to RadarOnline, in which Tom is questioned by the magazine's attorney, Elizabeth McNamara.
According to the transcript, Elizabeth asks Tom if Katie divorced him ‘in part to protect Suri from Scientology’. An angered Tom then responds: ‘Listen, I find that question offensive. I find it, those statements offensive. Like with any relationship, there are many different levels to it. You know, I, I find it offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.’
Questioning him further, she says: ‘And Ms Holmes has never indicated in any way that was one of the reasons she left you? To protect Suri from Scientology?’
With Tom responding: ‘Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.’
When then asked: ‘Is Suri currently practicing Scientology?’ he simply snapped ‘NO’.
Questioned further over the Top Gun's relationship with the 7-year-old daughter he shares with Katie Holmes, he confirms that he didn't see her for five months between June and November 2012. But insists he remained 'extremely close' to Suri and had 'wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls'.
Tom Cruise’s court case against In Touch and Life & Style for libel and defamation is expected to go to court next year.
Meanwhile Katie Holmes is rumoured to be joining the cast of hotly-anticipated 2014 film, 50 Shades Of Grey.
By Jessica Bridgeman