The star changes his answer about the church's role in his split from the actress

By J.D. Heyman
November 08, 2013 06:30 PM
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They offer an unprecedented window into the life of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars: court documents filed in Tom Cruise‘s $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing for cover stories claiming he “abandoned” his daughter Suri after splitting with [CELEBRITY_LINK” “” “” “0” ] in June 2012.

But now one of the most sensational revelations in a deposition that surfaced earlier this week has been amended by the star himself.

In the original documents, Cruise was grilled about why he didn’t see Suri for more than 100 days after his headlining-making breakup.

Under questioning by the company’s attorney, Elizabeth McNamara, the actor divulged that the 7½-year-old was no longer practicing Scientology, and seemed to concede that his church was a major part of the reason that Holmes ended their marriage after six years.

“That was the assertion, yes,” the star said in response to the lawyer’s question about whether Holmes left because she wanted to protect their daughter because of the controversial religion. “There were many other aspects to the divorce.”

But in a document filed on Nov. 5, Cruise returns to the exchange and amends his words, telling the court, “Katie has never told me that this [Scientology] was a reason for our divorce.”

Reps for both Cruise and Holmes – who took Suri to South Africa with her while she shoots a movie – aren’t commenting on the legal back-and-forth.

But it’s clear that Cruise wants to underline that Scientology did not come between him and his daughter – a point he repeatedly makes in the original deposition, calling the assertion “absolutely disgusting.”