Sunday, May 19, 2024

Tom Cruise Testifies Katie Holmes Left Him to Protect Suri From Scientology


Tom Cruise testified under oath in September at a deposition that Kate Holmes left him to protect daughter Suri from Scientology. He also admitted that Suri, unlike his two other children, is not studying Scientology. Cruise also conceded that he didn’t see Suri from August through late November 2012 and missed her first day of school.

That’s not all. The revelations are thanks to good reporting from They unearthed the deposition in a lawsuit Cruise brought against Life & Style magazine, and its publisher Bauer magazines. Life & Style published an article claiming Cruise had “abandoned” Suri. Cruise sued. The deposition was taken in September. Bert Fields’ office represented him in the deposition. Life &Style/Bauer is represented by Elizabeth McNamara. has posted some of the papers, and will have more tomorrow. McNamara managed to ask the most revealing questions ever with Cruise–about his marriage, children, Scientology, etc. It’s more than just fascinating. It actually made me feel bad for him a little bit. Scientology seems to have wrecked his life, and he has no idea of it.  You wonder when he gives the answers if he knows what they mean.

But here’s the main thing. McNamara gets Tom to concede that Katie Holmes left him to protect their daughter from Scientology. He admits that she has never again spoken to anyone in his family since she left, including his two older childen. There is a long discussion of suppressive persons and what that means in Scientology.

More to come.

Here’s a link to the deposition:


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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