Tom Cruise admits Scientology was factor in Katie Holmes divorce

Tom Cruise admits Scientology was factor in Katie Holmes divorce

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Tom Cruise attends the UK Film Premiere of 'Knight And Day' at Odeon Leicester Square on July 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Tom Cruise attends the UK Film Premiere of 'Knight And Day' at Odeon Leicester Square on July 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)/Getty Images)

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by Jessica Derschowitz / CBS News

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Posted on November 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Tom Cruise has admitted in a court deposition that Scientology contributed to his split from Katie Holmes.

The revelation was part of a Sept. 9 deposition taken in Los Angeles as part of a lawsuit Cruise filed against Bauer Publishing. He's suing for $50 million over two tabloid stories that claimed he "abandoned" the couple's 7-year-old daughter, Suri, after their 2012 divorce.

According to the deposition (a transcript of which obtained by RadarOnline), Cruise was asked by a lawyer for Bauer if Holmes left him to "protect" Suri from Scientology.

"I find that question offensive. ... There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion," Cruise responded.

But when he was asked whether it was "one of the reasons" Holmes left him, Cruise responded, "That was one of the assertions, yes." He also said "there are many different other [sic] aspects to the divorce."

The 51-year-old actor also revealed Suri is no longer practicing Scientology, and that his children with Nicole Kidman, Connor and Isabella, have not had contact with Holmes since their split.

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