Tom Cruise: I never 'abandoned' Suri

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  • Cruise files a document supporting a defamation lawsuit against two magazines that claim he's cut off his daughter
  • Cruise: 'I have in no way cut Suri out of my life'
Tom Cruise: I never 'abandoned' Suri

Way back Wednesday: Tom Cruise circa 2008

Way back Wednesday: Tom Cruise circa 2008

Tom Cruise is making sure everyone knows that, despite his hectic work schedule and divorce from actress Katie Holmes, he maintains a close relationship with daughter Suri.

On Tuesday, the actor filed these documents obtained by HLN to support a $50 million defamation lawsuit originally filed in 2012 against Bauer Publishing Co. for running stories about Cruise and his daughter in Life & Style and In Touch. The magazines claimed Cruise had "abandoned" Suri after his divorce.

"I have in no way cut Suri out of my life -- whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise," the star wrote in a two-page description of his relationship with his 7-year-old daughter.

Read more of Cruise's declaration here.

Despite filming back-to-back movies overseas, Cruise says he spoke to his daughter nearly every day and was "a constant presence in her life."

Cruise calls their relationship "extremely close" and writes that "while I'm sure my daughter misses me when I am not with her [as I miss her], she is a very happy child, and we have a wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls."

Cruise's lawyers are asking a judge to order Bauer to declare it didn't have any sources on the story to support the claims of abandonment.

Bauer issued its own statement to HLN, writing that they stand behind the reporting in the two magazines. "This litigation has established that the editorial teams had a wealth of evidence substantiating that following his divorce from Ms. Holmes, Mr. Cruise was absent from his daughter for long periods of time, that seeing her was not his first priority and that she was emotionally struggling as a result of her father’s extended absences."

A Bauer spokesperson added that "Mr. Cruise does not challenge the accuracy of any of the underlying facts that informed the opinions expressed by the editorial teams at In Touch and Life & Style."

The publishing company blasted the actor, writing, "Mr. Cruise has repeatedly promoted himself as being a devoted father who made his family his top priority.  Now, with his own admissions, it is clear that the picture he strives to paint is not accurate.  It is entirely in keeping with responsible reporting to question Mr. Cruise’s self-promotion and to inform the public about the truth."

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