Tom Cruise: I Never "Abandoned" Suri, We're "Extremely Close," He Says in Lawsuit

Celebrity News Nov. 6, 2013 AT 11:50AM
Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise leave Chelsea Piers on July 17, 2012 in NYC In new legal documents in his lawsuit against Bauer publishing, Tom Cruise debunks reports that he's abandoned his daughter Suri, 7, in the wake of his split from Katie Holmes Credit: James Devaney/WireImage.com

Say what you want about Tom Cruise, but don't say he's a bad dad. The Oblivion actor, 51, has just filed new documents in his $50 million lawsuit against Bauer publishing, in which he refutes the company's 2012 cover stories claiming that he "abandoned" his 7-year-old daughter, Suri, after divorcing Katie Holmes in June 2012.

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"I have in no way cut Suri out of my life -- whether physically, emotionally, financially, or otherwise," the Jack Reacher star says in the documents (per TMZ).

Cruise -- who also has two kids, Conor and Isabella, with ex-wife Nicole Kidman -- goes on to claim that he and his little girl have maintained a very good relationship since the split. According to TMZ, he states in the docs: "...even during the times when I was working overseas and was not able to see Suri in person, we were (and continue to be) extremely close."

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The actor reportedly admits he's been busy in the year since his divorce from Holmes -- he filmed both Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow -- but says he made a conscious effort to be there for his youngest child. "As my numerous emails with Suri's mother during this time period demonstrate, I was a constant presence in Suri's life," TMZ quotes the documents as saying.

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"While I'm sure my daughter misses me when I am not with her (as I miss her)," his statement continues, "she is a very happy child, and we have a wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls."

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