Tom Cruise squirms in deposition, admits he skipped Suri visits for CO$ events

Tom Cruise

Yesterday we covered the tale of Tom Cruise continuing to get his lifts in a wad over Life & Style’s “abandoned by daddy” story. He’s still suing Bauer Media Group and sounds pretty obsessed whereas he’s made threats over other tabloid and magazine stories but quickly dropped his complaints. Here’s the thing: the original L&S story was true in the sense that Tom hadn’t seen Suri for 13 weeks. Did they have to use “abandoned” in the cover story title? No. That was purely sensational wording and distasteful when it comes to Suri’s future well being.

Some of you don’t understand why I’m not siding with Tom against the tabloids. I’ll admit my bias against the main crusader of the COS, but I still think he’s wrong to ask for $50 million from the court. If it was merely a question of Tom being picked on by the tabs, that would be one thing. Yet Tom uses the tabloids for his own purposes. Remember when he invited a Star reporter to witness his dramatic swimming pool reunion with Suri last July? This was the same time period when he did all those silly pap walks too. One could argue Tom had no control over getting swarmed by photogs, but he’s proven to us over the past year how he’s perfectly capable of visiting with Suri on the down low. Tom wanted to get papped with Suri last summer, and he wanted the tabloids to see what a loving father he is. Let me tell you, that was one glowing report from Star. You see … Tom loves the tabloids when they play his game.

As an example of Tom’s game, this week’s issue of the Enquirer paints a curious story about how Tom is so worried over his 18-year-old son, Connor. Of course Connor spins record by the name “DJ C Squared,” so he’s a regular fixture in many Hollywood nightclubs. Tom is quite concerned because there’s smoking, alcohol, and pretty models all over the place in these clubs. Tom also thinks Connor’s friends, including Alex Pettyfer, are a bad influence. Well that confirms my suspicions about Alex going CO$, but honestly, there will be vodka where DJs perform. The article goes on to say, “Tom’s worst nightmare would be having one of his kids go down the same path as Lindsay Lohan or Miley Cyrus.” HA. See what a loving father Tom Cruise is?

Here’s some more juicy stuff from Radar on Tom’s deposition for the L&S lawsuit:

On the “Abandoned By Daddy” cover: “I mean, come on, that is absolutely disgusting. That is absolutely disgusting. And I have to tell you with everything … Listen, I am a public person, I absolutely understand. For me there is … I tolerate a tremendous amount and I’m very privileged to be able to have the life that I have, and I believe that. But there is a line that, that I draw for myself, and that’s it.”

Did Katie divorce Tom “in part to protect Suri from Scientology”? “Listen, I find that question offensive. I find it, those statements offensive. Like with any relationship, there are many different levels to it. You know, I, I find it very offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.”

Ms. Holmes has never indicated in any way that was one of the reasons she left you? “Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.”

Is Suri currently practicing Scientology? “No.”

Is Katie a suppressive person? “That is a distortion and a simplification of the matter. I don’t want to just give an oversimplification of religious doctrine.”

[From Radar Online]

Awww, isn’t that cute? Tom’s pretending like he doesn’t know what a suppressive person is. I guess he forgot all about that propaganda video where he laughs hysterically about SPs at 4:25 (for a full 90 seconds). This deposition is really something else. It goes on for 48 pages, and Radar has now released MORE. Damn, this is getting good. This part is about how Tom didn’t see Suri from the end of July 2012 until Thanksgiving (when he worked most of the weekend anyway). The Liftmaster … he is squirming:

Why didn’t he see Suri for over 100 days? “Listen, when there is a divorce — if you look at this also in terms of Suri coming to me and certain agreements that you have, when a divorce occurs thing change. And it’s more complicated, as everyone know when that is, when that occurs, and there are certain agreements; now you have to ask for permission and organize schedules to make things happen. So it wasn’t — it’s not an ideal scene. It’s not an ideal situation.”

He parents Suri by telling “wonderful stories” on the phone: “You have to work at it. I’ve gotten very good at it. I’e gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it.”

Does that substitute for a real visit? “No, it doesn’t. As I said, I’ve gotten pretty good at communicating and I also find that, you know, Suri, you know, is a very happy child and confident and has a good sense of herself.”

Why he chose to skip a scheduled Suri visit to spend 24 hours at a CO$ event in October: “It was an important event. I felt it was important.”

Is Tom partially responsible for that skipped visit? “No. There are many different circumstances. One, first of all, at this point when you’re looking at — you can’t compare Reacher to All You Need Is Kill or Edge of Tomorrow (movies he was working on at various times). And the situation, you know, when you’re thinking of your child and thinking what is the best thing for them, and of course, respecting Katie’s wishes in terms of Suri’s scheduling, the nature of making that film, the nature of having finished one film, and kind of — agreements change, you know. As I said, things change. Things change. Certainly what doesn’t change is the love I have for my daughter, the fact that I didn’t abandon her emotionally, physically, or otherwise. And in terms of how I feel about her in terms of the responsibility that I feel towards my child is not — is not waned in any way.”

[From Radar Online]

What do I get from this part of the deposition? Blame Katie. She divorced Tom, who could no longer force Katie to spend weeks at a time following him around the globe. This lawsuit is only making Tom look bad. He’s only saying things in this deposition that will haunt his reputation for years. If Tom thinks winning the suit will make people stop booing him at Dodgers games, he’s very mistaken.

I just wanted to include these photos of Connor because he’s growing into a very good looking young man. Too bad about the CO$ taint.

Connor Cruise

Connor Cruise

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. GiGi says:

    I was so hoping you’d cover this!

    I read as much of the deposition as I could find. My take away – Tom’s a loon. Just a nutter. He’s completely cocooned in COS’s bubble and it really leaks out in times like this, when he’s forced to speak directly. You can see how he attempts normalcy… but then the Scientology just comes flooding out and he absolutely cannot help himself. He basically contradicts himself on every issue and HE’S the reason he’s even giving the depo.

    • MrsB says:

      I think it was a huuuge mistake for him to attempt this lawsuit. Like you said, he can’t hide his crazy, and if his goal is improve his image by proving he’s a loving father, well this is not going to help his cause.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      You’re so glib. You’re just glib.

      See, I KNOW psychology. I’ve studied it. From L Ron Hubbard – and he should know, because he was certifiable. I know everything. Plus I can fly, and make things appear just using my brain. I’m going to use my superior brain to make you lose this lawsuit. Except I can’t … I sortof… Well, I don’t exactly make sense because all I can do is memorize lines and make a Deep Thought face. I’ll do it now. See? I’m deep. You’re glib.

    • VioletCrumble says:

      Again, I agree wholeheartedly, GiGi. It’s just as well for him that he’s in the business he’s in, where other people write the words for him. It’s also lucky that he’s involved in “church” business, where he can simply parrot their rubbish, because, for a 50-year-old, who’s mixed with some really smart people in the course of most of his life, he’s embarrassingly inarticulate. He’s doing all he can to remain looking like a teenager, but, clearly, doesn’t need to put in any effort to sound like one.

      For his own sake, he should have just come clean, admitting – without going into great detail – that he could have done things better in regards to his daughter. Instead, he chooses to apportion blame to his ex, and take the litigious option in regards to the messenger.

      This guy is a complete nitwit.

    • Petee says:

      Yep he is crazy because of this cult.I never understood his appeal and why so many people liked him.I guess he really did make a deal with the devil.

  2. DenG says:

    Oh, boy, “religious doctrine” sounds like fun. Run away from the rules, son.

  3. gg says:

    So if you ever use the tabs to put out a good story on yourself then you should just sit back and enjoy while they make up things and trash you? Doesn’t follow.

    And I still despise this guy but the story was damaging and I think he should sue. So he’s gonna ask for $500,000 damages to make a point? No. You ask for a ton more to make a point. Of course he doesn’t need the money, that’s not the issue – after all, he’s got free slaves courtesy of the co$. It’s meant to be punitive to a huge tabloid company. This is America, where lawsuits mean more than just a cash figure. Out and out lying headlines are wrong and the tabs should be called on it. It’s bullying.

    • Stacy says:

      I don’t think this has anything to do with Suri it’s all about Tom and how it made him look.

      Their have been BS tabloid stories about Suri having autism and so on and not once did Tom ever sue or threaten to sue the Tab’s over those stories.

      The only stories Tom ever had a problem with are the ones that make HIM or his association with CO$ look bad.

      • gg says:

        Any father would object to that headline. It’s too cruel. And Suri will see it one day and wonder if it was true.

        The other stories you mention seemed too obviously fake, and could easily disprove themselves simply by photos.

        And if it turns out that this proceeding makes him look even crazier I see that as a win.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        +1,000,000, GG.

        …and I know this is hard for you because you hate Liftmaster more than anyone around here!

        I just feel for Suri.

      • lucy2 says:

        I kind of disagree that she will see it and wonder if true – if he’s really a great father and involved in her life, spends time with her, keeps in close contact, she’ll know that, and know what’s on some dumb tabloid from years ago doesn’t mean anything.
        I wish the tabloids would leave her and other celeb kids alone, I don’t think it’s right to use them to sell, but I think her judgement of their relationship will come from her real experiences with him, not tabloid headlines.

      • Stacy says:

        @ gg I disagree if Tom is telling the truth and he dose speak and Skype with Suri all the time, then if one day she dose ever read the story she would know it’s obviously a BS story. If Suri knows that her father is always their for her then it wouldn’t matter what some tabloid wrote.

      • Hakura says:

        @gg – Re: Suri may see such a headline & wonder – it’s certainly not impossible… Wasn’t it Tori Spelling who described being in a grocery store, & her kids seeing a tabloid claiming she was divorcing their dad, & absolutely freaked out?

        Children should *always* be left out o the celebrity BS, period.

    • Kiddo says:

      Adding a co-sign to O’Kitten and gg.

    • Nev says:

      WORD. YES you cannot just flippantly use the word abandoned.

    • CF98 says:

      No but when you pick and choose who to sue it will come back to bite you he didn’t sue Vanity Fair for the article they did last year.

      Tons of stuff has been said about Suri through the years even by people on this website but he didn’t sue all of them. Now he chooses too because it makes him look bad? Sure he can but he should be prepared if it exposes the truth that he’s not much of a father.

      • Amber says:

        The word “abandon” is ALL this is about. The point in the article the other day, about him not suing other tabloids for writing much worse things about him, illustrates that. Suri seeing a tabloid cover is kind of beside the point to me. Especially since I’m reading a deposition now, which is worse, IMO. I highly doubt I’d remember this Life & Style magazine cover if it wasn’t for this lawsuit. I hadn’t even seen the cover. If Tom wanted to protect Suri he’d let it go. If there’s no proof that he abandoned her, and no way she could feel that way, then he should just let it go. Reading that mag cover one day would not change how Suri feels about her father. She’ll know what’s true. And again, look at all the terrible/weird/awful things written about Tom AND Katie (about how their marriage came to be for one and Suri’s paternity for another. Suri will see more mag covers about Mommy’s second cellphone and how she practically had to sneak out in the middle of the night, while Daddy was in another country, to get away and file for a divorce. Lawsuits?). He’s suing for his image. Like winning this would prove that he’s not withdrawing from her life b/c of CO$ and he hasn’t abandoned her like many people thought long b/f that cover came out. (And he’s not convincing me. He’s blaming the divorce on one hand, mentioning his career obligations on the other, and admitting to skipping a visit for a CO$ event. He clearly can’t just blame a lack of visitation rights for his absences. Or he may not want to explicitly blame that b/c it would lead to more questions he doesn’t want to answer.) He’s suing for CO$’s image. And he’s suing b/c the word “abandon” can suggest intent. So he thinks he win b/c that’s a difficult thing to prove.

    • Izzy says:

      Eh. They were really pushing the limits of hyperbole with that headline. On the other hand, Tiny Tom DID just admit under oath that he went a 110-day period where he only saw Suri in person for 10 days. For someone who is always jetting all over creation and back due to his access to monetary resources, that’s kind of lame. Constant Skype doesn’t cut it for parenting if you’re NOT actually serving in the armed forces, IMO.

    • Maggie says:

      Actually the $50m figure makes me think that it botched an actually deal.

    • Brigitte says:

      He is suing for 50 million, not 500,000.

  4. aims says:

    Ok, I just got done reading all this mess on Radar. It sounds like Tom is angry as well with Katie still. It sounds like he’s acknowledged that CO$ was a factor in this.

  5. El says:

    I noticed that he no longer calls her Kate, but Katie. Interesting.

  6. Anoneemouse says:

    Maybe when Suri grows up she will call him “Tom” so he understands how Nicole felt all those years ago.

  7. Sophie says:

    If he wins, he claims the money will be donated to charity. CO$ charity I’m sure.

    • gg says:

      Even if he wins, it’s never going to be the full amount. Never is. S.O.P.

    • Mia4S says:

      Whatever the amount you know it will go to Scientology in some form. My guess is he is going to lose, from a PR standpoint he already has. Plus, by his own “church” doctrine, he should have disconnected from his kid. Double standards are dangerous if the drones start to notice. I always assumed a lot of visits were hidden because of that…I guess not!

      I hate siding with tabloids but in this case, then have a valid defence.

      • gg says:

        What’s their defense – that they think they know everything he does and he doesn’t fit their stiff criteria for visits so they can just say anything they want and publish it? Pshaw, that’s no defense.

        Their only purpose was a sellable headline, true or not.

      • AnnE says:

        GG – I am going to disagree with you on this point. When a celeb makes the choice to USE their kids and their being a doting parent etc etc to promote themselves for profe$$ional purposes then the media or tabloids should be able to counter that IF it is not the case. Tom always uses his personal life to promote himself as being “normal” and good. There are many many celebs who manage to keep their lives and children private and protected.

  8. janie says:

    I’m not a Cruise fan, but I think this is unfair. I would venture to say this was his normal routine when they were married? He’s an actor & gone a lot. As far as his religion, it’s a free country to worship or take whatever path you choose. Katie didn’t mind the huge ring, million dollar wedding, palatial homes and all that money. She knew all this prior to the marriage. Cruise has every right to defend himself over this, but he shouldn’t have to. Katie is living in luxury, doesn’t work or do anything. She spends her days walking the streets of NY for coffee and shopping. I’m sure like any other parent who travels a lot, the guilt is overwhelming. Right parents?

    • MrsB says:

      No this is not the same thing as other parents who travel a lot. Most parents don’t have the resources to be able to work overseas, fly back for a weekend to see their kid, and then fly back all on a private jet. He could see her almost whenever he wanted. Also most parents do not have religions who are telling them that their child and ex are SP.

    • tinyfencer says:

      Look, I’m a parent. And I would NEVER take a job that would keep me away from my kids so much, especially while they were young. Do I judge every parent that has a job that requires them to travel a lot? Of course not. Most families consider themselves lucky just to have reliable steady income these days, and you don’t always get to pick what comes your way when you have a family to support. But this dude is rich enough to never have to work another day in his life. There is no real need for him to be so far from his daughter. He has no right to feel guilty.

      • Jayna says:

        There’s plenty of actors that do who don’t need the money. Meryl Streep in her heyday when her kids were young, all major actors with a healthy career. Matt Damon. But they don’t go months without seeing their children. Tom planned all of those movies back to back before Katy announced she was divorcing him. So Tom always had it lined up that his little wify would follow him around with their daughter as had been the norm during their marriage (kind of like Brad and Angelina), just like Nicole did in their marriage unless she had a gig. Now that he doesn’t have that and Suri is in school, not home-schooled like his other children that could follow him, I bet now that he will have to sacrifice it will show how selfish he is. Before it was like he was father of the year.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Oh I agree Jayna. How can he justify not seeing his kid for over a 100 days, but he can fly in and out to go to some COS event??? So he can’t do the same, at least once a month, for his own kid? Give me a break.

        I would’ve hated being married to a dude like him. What I’m getting out of this deposition is that he’s the man of the house, and what he does goes before anything and anyone else.

        And I wouldn’t really say Brad/Angelina are the same–they both follow each other around to each other’s sets. There isn’t an obvious precedence of Brad’s work, over Angelina’s per se.

    • Clover says:

      He doesn’t have to work as much as he does. He has millions $$$. And even if he didn’t, he could STILL CHOOSE to spend more time with Suri. But, Suri and Katie are suppressive persons, so he is not allowed to, nor does he want to. The only reason he’s allowed to ever see Suri is to keep the general public from knowing about, or believing in, the Suppressive Persons Policy of CO$. They don’t want the public to know the truth about how they are a cult that destroys families.

    • Jackson says:

      Lots of misplaced anger toward Katie. I’d think you were the one married to her.

      • rerooooh says:

        Yes. And Katie doesn’t do “nothing.” She raises a child basically as a single parent, and she does have acting jobs and her fashion line. I agree she knew what she was getting into, but the fact that she got out alive and risked a lot shows her courage, intelligence, and dedication to Suri. Can you imagine being married to such a controlling man and living with such an incredibly controlling religion?

        As for the lawsuit, you have to battle libel and slander sometimes in order to set an example. His imagine = his career, so he has a right to take umbrage with the magazine. But what I want to say to him is “No one really cares, Tom.”

    • Lucinda says:

      Tom is a box office blockbuster whether you want to admit it or not. Because of that, he had the power to change his schedule when the divorce rolled out. He may have been caught off guard and needed some time to work things around but I don’t think he needed 100 days. I am sure he could have arranged a way to visit Suri. That being said, we all know the divorce was very contentious and he may have had difficulty working things with Katie. I’ll give him that. But even with that, I think if he didn’t have such a huge ego getting in his way, I think he could have worked out a visitation, even if required intermediaries who spoke to Katie on his behalf. So I have mixed feelings about this suit. I don’t think he abandoned her but I don’t think he is capable of genuine love either so not seeing her wasn’t a big deal to him. My guess anyway. He only cares because it got out.

    • Decloo says:

      How can you say Katie “doesn’t work or do anything?” She was in a Broadway play, has been shooting several movies, and has worked as a fashion designer.

    • Maggie says:

      @ janie, I agree with everything in your comment. This is unfair!

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      Janie, respectfully disagree.

      Nobody knows for certain how much contact Tommygirl really has with Suri. But if Tom really cared about her, he would have ignored the cover story and not filed this ridiculous lawsuit. He knows full well the media exposure this will subject Suri to. He cares only about his reputation, not what this will to to his (?) daughter. Even though Tommygirl gets extra special secret handshake $ciBot privileges, because he can levitate and move objects as a Levl VXIIIIIII Thetan and sh!t, Suri is still a ‘Suppressive Person’ in Co$ terms.

      He is suing ONLY because he is a $cientologist and suing is their primary method of defending their effed up cult. Attack, attack, attack. If you are a $ciBot, filing nuisance lawsuits is your primary hobby. I truly believe Suri is dead to the Liftmaster, and he is suing only to preserve his reputation as a celebrity and a $cientologist in good standing.

      Also, “Katie is living in luxury, doesn’t work or do anything.” What the WHAT?? She is a full time working actress, that comment doesn’t even make sense. Sounds like you might be due for a good auditing session to help you rid yourself of all the hostility you display towards Katie.

  9. bowers says:

    If his kid knows he loves her, it doesn’t matter how many times he does or doesn’t see her. I think he’s wrong to sue but most of these people are no longer dealing in reality when it comes to themselves.

  10. Slim Charles says:

    He sounds like a sociopath. He doesn’t directly answer the questions, but stalls and and circles around them. It’s like when you hear a guilty person being interrogated on a cop show.

    • gg says:

      He gets very, very easily agitated which points to me to somebody who is unstable and unpleasant to be around lest he be in a bad mood one fine day and turn on you.

    • anon33 says:

      Every single response is prefaced with “Listen,”…incredibly defensive.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yes that was my whole impression of the transcript. He talks in circles and a lot of it is obfuscation. The way he talks is similar to his “religion.” Really I think he should have just settled the case quietly instead of fighting it because it just makes him look worse. Shades of Paula Deen here.

      The courts always make the parties go into mediation to settle out of court but of course Tommy is self righteous and wanted to stick it to the media. I guess the tabs have enough on him to play hard ball right alongside him. The only times he sued the media (and won) were when they accused him of being gay.

      And another thing Tommy, NO MEETING is as important as seeing your child. Learn that.

      • TG says:

        Totally agree about how tiny tom talks in circles just like his cult does. If you watch those videos everyone speaking talks in grand gestures and goes on and on about “getting the job done” and other nonsense but they never actually say anything of substance like what exactly is this “job” they need to do. Still haven’t figured out why this lift wearing midget has a freedom of valor medal? Whatever the heck that means anyway.

    • Anne De Vries says:

      That is literally what the cult teaches. Tommy is ‘handling’ the questioner here. He thinks he has the upper hand, and I think he’s so far removed from reality that he has no idea how bad this makes him look.

  11. Cindy says:

    Where is Shelly Miscavige????????

  12. 3Cats says:

    I think his anger is totally directed at the word “abandoned”. THAT is what his dad did to him.
    Forget the religious/cult angle. He can’t stand to be compared to his own father.

    • Dee says:

      He must have known he’d have to give a deposition when he filed the lawsuit…didn’t any of his advisors say “um, Tom, bad idea”?

    • Dog Obsessed Girl says:

      Ooooo, 3cats, that’s an excellent observation.
      And if he hasn’t worked through that abandonment, he’s not as “clear” as his religious doctrine has awarded him.

    • mia girl says:

      Yes, it does seem to be a underlying motivation and comes up in the depositions.

      Cruise gets pretty heated when the lawyer for the defendant tries to draw a parallel between Cruise’s behavior towards his daughter since the divorce and what Cruise in the past has said about his dad working and abandoning him.

      He does not like the comparison at all… and his response as to if there were any similarities was: “Absolutely none. My father didn’t pay money. He didn’t call.”

      • 3Cats says:

        Someone out there is saying he is a bad father just like his father was. Acting, Scientology, whatever. No one like be compared to their own bad parent. My guess is Tom Cruise believes this is the worst insult ever. That touches at childhood, family, self worth, just everything.

      • mia girl says:

        @3Cats – What you are saying makes a lot of sense. Throughout the deposition they continue to ask him why he did not sue for other things said about him and even in this case, he is made to admit they he is not contending anything stated in the article is false, only the idea of abandonment.

        @Dog Obsessed Girl – maybe you are right. If he doesn’t refute this entirely he remains conflicted that he is like his father and can’t achieve the “clarity” he wants or what CO$ demands of him.

        P.S. to you both…so nice to see cat lovers and dog lovers getting along! Ha Ha

      • Lucy says:

        “Absolutely none. My father didn’t pay money. He didn’t call.”

        So Tom, because YOU pay money and YOU call, that makes you a better father?? I think being a good father takes a bit more than just that.

  13. Christin says:

    He really doesn’t explain why he physically was not with her for nearly four months. I agree there are parts of the deposition that will follow him for years. Telling stories on the phone is a method of parenting he has mastered?

    I think the definition of abandonment will be argued, and it’s possible he’ll lose because he did have the opportunity and means to physically see her.

    • tracking says:

      Yes, such a jerk. Like he doesn’t have a private plane at his disposal for weekend visits if he wanted. He and COS are FOS!

    • Jayna says:

      I thought that was a bizarre reply, but read in the context of the full deposition exchange back and forth it wasn’t bad. The attorney was asking Tom if just parenting by phone is better than in person and Tom said, of course not. They talked back and forth about the phone calls and a six-year-old’s attention span on the telephone. Tom admitted that was true and said he had gotten good at great stories to try to hold her interest on the phone.

  14. Bigglesworth says:

    After reading his comments, I think he’s not only crazy, but ADHD. Boy needs to be medicated. Too bad his “religion” is against it.

  15. jaybird says:

    I’ve only read the excerpts above, however I’m fascinated with his unscripted speech patterns. Tom has a tendency to repeat words/phrases three times whilst attempting to make a point. “Listen”, “absolutely”, “you know” – these are attention-grabbing and definitive words, however the sentences and words that surround them are mostly meaningless and incoherent.

    I’m sure part of it is a response to being under pressure, but it also seems like he has been coached poorly (whether by Co$ or lawyers seems beside the point). The remainder of his words lack substance, and seem to say that the whole situation between himself and Suri is a normal byproduct of divorce (it’s not) – nothing to do with him choosing to take on back-to-back projects over spending that turbulent time ensuring that his daughter was able to cope properly.

    • Jackson says:

      Exactly! I find it fascinating to read his unscripted comments that are longer than a single sentence. The longer he speaks, the less he says. He kind of reminds me of Kanye a bit in that regard.

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      Yes! Incoherent is the word. I found it nearly impossible to understand what he was trying to say, or maybe that was the point!

      • MademoiselleRose says:

        I type transcripts for a living and unfortunately a LOT of people speak this way. I quite often think at the end of a sentence I’ve just typed that when you take out you know, sort of, okay, right, like (by the bucket load) and it has five direction/thought changes in the one sentence, well, there’s actually nothing of substance left. It ends up meaningless.

        This guy talks like a politician … circular and at the end of it you think about what he just said and realise, mmm, he said nothing of any substance at all.

    • TG says:

      I responded to someone above about this very thing about how he talks in circles but your wording of it is so dead on and states it more clearly then I ever could. His way of speaking is 100% the same as the way those CO$ freaks talk at their cult meetings on those videos.

  16. Jayna says:

    The emails on Radar show he was furious with Katy’s camp, accusing them (Katy’s partner) of leaking where he was on vacation with Suri, as no one else knew what hotel he was at but her, and lashing out at them. So it doesn’t sound like Tom set up the pap photos at Disney World by how angry he was.

    These depos show what an egomaniac he is and how delusional he is by his justifications for not seeing Suri and how he parented so wonderfully by phone. LOL But technically he didn’t abandon her. He was in constant contact. I wonder how often he has seen her since that period. Still, he was a fool, as I’ve said before, to sue. People ignore these gossip magazines for the most part with their weekly filler pages of gossip. Now everybody has far more personal detail about the divorce and aftermath and his selfishness.

    I’m surprised this deposition wasn’t sealed by the Court. I guess the judge didn’t feel it warranted that or both sides wouldn’t agree.

    • Miss T says:

      But why assume that Katie was leaking things? This was at the height of the tomkat divorce mania, and I’m sure paps and tabloids reporters were tailing him. I’ve read the Radar story, and I didn’t get the sense that he was upset over the Disney photos. He was simply pissed that he got called out for spoiling Suri by staying in Cinderella’s castle.
      That said, I’m not defending the tabloid either. I think it’s pretty crummy of them to be putting children on the cover.
      I’ve read that the deposition was supposed to be sealed, but you know the media has a way of getting their hands on these things.

      • dorothy says:

        This is my take on Katie possibly leaking information regarding Tom being with Suri and her outings with Suri.I think that during the time of the divorce she was terrified that Tom, or his cult would take Suri. By having the pap’s around her and him to provide a “buffer”, so to speak and that being public the possibility of kidnapping was gone. I don’t blame her. Tom and Scientology don’t always play by the rules. So far his cult hasn’t really had to answer for any of their actions to anyone. I would have been scared too. It was a brilliant idea on her part.

    • Lucinda says:

      I find it interesting that you assume the emails are telling the truth. Given Co$ methods, it’s entirely possible that Tom DID call the press and then sent angry emails to Katie, blaming her and trying to throw her off balance. I just don’t believe anything this guy says anymore.

  17. Dorothy says:

    So glad Katie got Suri away from that cult. Now she is getting an education, socializing with children and has boundaries. Toms children never stood a chance. No life skills whatsoever.

    On another note. I suspect Tom is now regretting filing this lawsuit given the fact that so much information regarding Scientology and their doctrines are coming out. This entire thing could be the nail in his “career” coffin.

  18. MaryBeth says:

    I actually googled ‘news for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ yesterday! I’ve been wondering when something like this would come out. I’ve been curious about their nutso marriage and how he’s dealing with Holmes now that she isn’t locked to him. Thanks for covering this!! <3

  19. poppy says:

    did he actually call his daughter they?
    “You have to work at it. I’ve gotten very good at it. I’ve gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories and they like hearing it.”
    who is they?
    he sounds crazy.
    he is a creepy creepy weirdo.

  20. JuJuJen says:

    why is it all the young kids of celebrities decide to become DJs?

  21. Sabrina says:

    I’m not a lawyer but surely all that Cruise needs to do to prove that he has not abandoned Suri is for his lawyers to get Holmes to make a statement, under oath, that Cruise has not abandoned Suri and that the reason for him not seeing her for such long periods of time is because of their private custody agreement.

    • badrockandroll says:

      Would you be happy if your dad, or the father of your kid agreed to a private custody agreement that kept him away for 100 days, which is a substantial enough time frame to be perceived as “abandonment”. If you left your umbrella on the bus for 100 days, even if you had every intention of retrieving it, you shouldn’t be surprised if it’s not there, or not the same, or used by someone else. and Suri isn’t an umbrella, she (or to use Tom’s pronoun, “they”) is a child.
      What I find curious is Tom’s reluctance to speak about his religious doctrine, when he was ready enough to rag about his expertise in postpartum depression etc.
      Can’t stand him, never have, and I can’t stand tabloids, so my bias is equally negative. but I still can’t believe that he launched this mess – won’t end well for him.

  22. MynameisPeaches! says:

    Thanks for covering this. I’ve read some of the deposition and Tom comes across as angry and not quite there. I just don’t know why a celebrity like him would want to take this to court. He should have tried to have settle out this case privately and out the public gaze or just rolled his eyes.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Church of Scientology is behind this lawsuit. They must be managing his career and not a professional agent/publicists because no publicist/agent would advise their client to take this to court . It’s just too damaging. People already have a negative perception of Tom Cruise and this is just going to reinforce it.

    To think that once upon time I really liked Tom and thought he was normal whatever that means. However, seeing him jump on Oprah’s couch and the rumours about him auditioning Hollywood actress to be his girlfriend/wife changed all that. It’s a pity because he is/was the ultimate film star.

  23. Jaded says:

    Co$ has deemed Suri an SP so Tom’s devotion to his “religion” trumps being an actively participative father. I doubt that Suri is even his biological child *coughtommydaviscough* and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back when Katie found out and left him. And that’s why he backed off from a long drawn-out court battle over custody and settled so quickly, otherwise Katie would have dropped the bombshell.

    He is a stupid, stupid man who has managed to become a hugely successful actor but a hugely f*cked up person due to the megalomania his involvement with Co$ has created.

    • Cindy says:

      ITA with you. Suri is looking more and more like Tommy Davis. And it was my feeling that Katie threatened to expose this so Tom agreed to let her have Suri most of the time in New York at a non-Sciento school. This and the fact that Katie and Suri are now S.P.’s to him make it hard for him to even be with Suri, mentally and emotionally for him. He really needs to get some good therapy and counseling for all his issues but his cult is afraid of this.

  24. lucy2 says:

    When the whole lawsuit story came out, I was wondering how he’d do under oath. And by the sounds of this, the answer is not too well. He sounds like a nut.

  25. Michelle says:

    What a fool. Everything he was trying to hide in his quick divorce will now come to light. Sweet justice.

  26. allheavens says:

    I have absolutely no sympathy for Mr. Cruise. He has fully enjoy the benefits of being the numero nno celebrity stud of CO$. So all the s@#t that is going to roll downhill and wash over him is just karma.

    He had the means and the ability to have physical visitation with Suri, everything else is just excuses. Glad he as mastered the whole “phone parenting” thing. Wonder why I hadn’t thought of that before…

  27. emmie_a says:

    I didn’t read the entire deposition but I heard that Tom answered a question about why he missed Suri’s first day of school and he said something along the lines of, well if she asked me to be there I would have been there. Ok, what six year old specifically asks their parent that? I don’t think you put it upon your child to ask YOU to attend important events in their life – shouldn’t you just be there because you want to take part in their life?? Granted the first day of school isn’t a huge deal but it’s interesting how Tom puts it back on Suri, which I think is a huge part of Scientology.

    • Christin says:

      If the kids are to be treated as mini-adults, then he probably did expect her to invite him. Just as he probably thought she should pick out which pair of high heels to wear that day. It’s hard to truly understand his thinking, especially when his answers seem so vague.

  28. lili says:

    at this point in his life
    (read: very very financially secure)
    one would think he might take a bit of time off to spend it with his daughter.
    but guess the guy has his priorities…

  29. serena says:

    Too bad for real, Connor looks kinda hot!

  30. LetsBeCivil says:

    For him to keep say that Scientology is a religion and referring to a church is Ludacris.
    Lisa Marie Presley and Leah Remini have both left and I wish they would speak out more.

  31. BooBooLaRue says:

    May I please use the term “douch canoe” it is one of my favorites and it seems so appropriate!

  32. Dimebox says:

    I re-watched that Co$ video of Cruise and read the parts of the deposition that have been published. The stupid is strong in this delusional man. He has a problem completing a thought or a sentence, but obviously believes himself intellectually superior. He’s not. He is also not content to merely be a star, but must emphasize his vast importance. He asserts that he must stop if he sees a wreck, because he’s the only one who can help. (Of course we already know that he is an authority on the horrors of Psychiatry and post-partum depression.) In the deposition he has the gall to equate his experience filming a movie to a soldier serving in Afghanistan. Yes, Afghanistan. I am disgusted and done with this little Napoleon.

  33. Kiddo says:

    Is that a wig he’s wearing up top?

  34. Ask DesCamp says:

    I love Tom Cruise, because he is such a poignant example of foot bullet precision, a talent shared equally by the Cult of Scientology. Anyone who read the subject story had long forgotten about it by the time they digested that evening’s dinner. He certainly doesn’t need the money, and any lawyer worth his or her salt would have counseled him that this case is a bona-fide LOSER.

    Truth is a defense to libel, silly little man. And if you think you can prove actual malice because of a hyperbolic choice of headline, you are as unintelligent and uneducated as David Miscaviage. By the way, where’s Shelly?

    Back to foot bullets: he never would have been proven to be a lousy dad who values his cult over his daughter if he hadn’t brought this joke of a lawsuit. Now, everyone on the internet is privy to this deposition and the attendant circus of it all.

    At what cost, and to what end, Mr. Cruise? You are getting some very, very bad advice. I suggest you change everyone on all your teams. In just a few short years, you’ve gone from beloved American movie star to a laughingstock and a nutter. Bad choices, my friend. Bad choices.

    • shady says:

      exactly. The mainstream media had all but dropped the TomKat/CO$ stories and transferred it over to Leah Remini and all the crazy lawsuits against the cult, and Tom had to go and remind everyone that he loves and values L. Wrong and his BFF Davie just a little more than he loves Suri. Dumbass.

  35. rudy says:

    How can anyone side with Tom? He is a VERY vocal member of an organization that is being sued all over the world for harassment, child abuse, murder, theft, and much much more.

  36. Hair says:

    Tom is … a delusional tool.

    On another note, Connor gives me the Chris Brown vibes.

  37. Ag says:

    He’s oy hurting himself (whatever shreds good will and reputation he has left) and his daughter. STFU, Tom. Just let it go.

  38. Axis2ClusterB says:

    At this point, he is just stringing words together and hoping they make some kind of sense.

  39. Carolyn says:

    If this goes to court and Tom has to take the stand and talk and talk and talk…he’ll have an epic meltdown. Won’t be able to handle the pressure and cross-examination. No script to follow, no-one playing by his rules – he’ll fall apart.

    Agree with others – bad move on Tom’s part to persue this in court. A lot of celebs have bad covers…get over it. Another cover, another day.

  40. Snowpea says:

    Crikey…I forgot how addicted I was a year ago to this nutty gossip crack. But here goes again:

    • I will never be convinced that Connor Cruise is NOT Tom’s biological son. His bone structure, jaw and teeth are so fundamentally Cruise that I can’t not see it.

    • I will never be convinced that Suri IS Tom’s biological daughter. She looks identical to Tommy Davis. Those downward slanting eyes.

    • Tom is so far gone and the mask has slipped. He was able to keep the crazy under control for a very long time but it’s always been there. His repressed homosexuality (I believe) has made him a very messed up human being. Remember that dude, Bronson Pinchot, had this to say about TC on the set of Risky Business?

    “We thought Tom [Cruise] was the biggest bore on the face of the Earth… He was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, “You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?” I mean, his lingo was larded with the most… There was no basis for it. It was like, “It’s a nice day, I’m glad there are no gay people standing here.” Very, very strange”.

    So he has ALWAYS been a nut job.

    • He is a top shelf dickhead for suing Bauer Media because he will not win and will in fact only tarnish his image further. Bad move TC.

    • Who refers to his kid as ‘they’? I have TWO kids so therefore it makes sense to say “I told stories and they really loved it” but when it’s just ONE child? Very very creepy.

    *sigh* What is wrong with these fools? All those private jets, villas, connections, opportunities, clothes, events, parties and far flung exotic locales…and they get mixed up with a nutty cult that tears families apart, murders people, denies them proper medical care, tortures, maims and abuses, traumatises and causes untold hurt and fear and trauma…

    TOM! WAKE UP! Hang out with your daughter by a gentle, clear flowing river, spread out a picnic blanket and lie on your back, looking at the big white clouds scudding past…

  41. CharmingFrock says:

    When the father of your children is crazy, you are thankful for every single visit he skips and consider it an example of God’s mercy.

    • Hoopla says:

      True. There are fathers who’d be better to abandon their kids.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I absolutely agree! I have often wished that the media would leave the “abandonment” of Suri alone because without them calling Cruise out, Cruise won’t feel the need to continue to be in touch with Suri for the sake of his image. As sad as the situation has to be for Suri, I truly believe that she is better off with him out of her life. I don’t think that he played a huge part in her day to day activities before the divorce anyway because he was always working. Hopefully, Katie and her family/friends/church are providing Suri with a stable, loving environment because I truly believe that when Suri gets old enough Cruise will try to make her into a Sci-Bot.

  42. Lucy says:

    I’ve been reading the comments recently on the cult watching blog ‘The Underground’ Bunker’ and some interesting things have been said.

    His ‘I’m better than you’ attitude is not new. He has ALWAYS been like this. One commenter was in the Navy and served on board the ship used when filming the movie ‘Top Gun’ way back when. Cruise behaved like an ass towards the ships crew and pissed everyone off with his superiority complex.
    And today someone posted that they used to hang in the same circles with Cruise’s niece, one of his sisters daughters. She displeased him and he forced her out of his family. For 2 years he wouldn’t allow her to speak to her own mother. She was a teenager. Eventually, he relented and of course the poor girl had to go through the usual cult channels to make up for her sins.
    What did she do? Made out with a guy on Cruise’s property, was caught on CCTV and security reported it to Cruise. ALL his staff are cult vetted and approved.

  43. DanaG says:

    I still can’t work out what his excuse is for not seeing her for over 100 days. He had time to go out clubbing he could have easily gone to NY if he wanted too. He chose not to see Suri and phone calls and silly stories is not parenting. Of course she is a happy child she has a great mother, Tom can hardly take credit for Suri he is rarely around her. This is making him look bad and showing that his Church is way more important then his child. I hope he loses so far he doesn’t seem to be winning any points. This is going to get so much worse! He chose an event over seeing Suri he can hardly blame Katie for that.

  44. Tiffany :) says:

    I read this quote from Clooney on tabloids on Lainey, and then reading this story it kind of reminded me about it. This kind of chilled me!

    “No. There’s literally no libel laws here — if you’re a public figure. The difference now is, what is a public figure? Because now, everybody on Facebook is a public figure. You know, there was a lawsuit a few years ago about a woman who was in a car accident and an emergency helicopter picked her up, and there was one of those on-scene emergency shows in the helicopter. And she was begging to die. She says, “Please let me die,” and she ended up living. And she’s watching TV one night with her kids, and she’s on television begging to die. And she sued [and eventually lost]: “You were in an accident on a public street, made the news, and you are now a public figure, and you have no right to that privacy anymore. Listen, I have the worst of all of it because I agree with the idea. I would never, ever want to change a law that would close off any form of information. I would rather the misery that I get at times. But there is an element of this where you just go, “This is not what was designed.” And where do you draw the line?”

  45. Moi/1 says:

    “Why he chose to skip a scheduled Suri visit to spend 24 hours at a CO$ event in October: “It was an important event. I felt it was important.”

    This^ is literally the only thing I find wrong about his answers. Whoever has gone through a divorce with children involved, will get what he is saying, other than that comment. Sorry. I’m pretty positive that his visitation has been very restricted. And rightfully so, due to CoS. However, I do get that it’s a fkn emotional time for all and as a parent, you want to be there and be present, but things get complicated. And this is coming from a sole custody parent. My kiddos are always here with me. But I can actually see the other side of the spectrum. And yes, even without Cos, I would be worried about Connor. As parents we do that, knowing what that scene is like. CoS or not. And let me be clear, I loathe the CoS, but he’s right, things cannot be so simplified.

  46. Dirty Martini says:

    Can’t abide Tom C and haven’t for a long time due to his co$ BS (and his unbelievable comments about Brooke Sheilds’ post partum depression) so normally I’ll pick the other teams tshirt in a fight — no matter who they are (I can’t Stand him that much). So usually I’d even pick the side of a lying rag — and justify my pick on the basis of karma coming back at him.

    But Suri is a child and you leave children out of the celebrity mess ….so I guess I hope he wins $.01.

    However….can I also say how STUPID and inarticulate he sounds in this disposition? Geez Louise that gibble makes him look worse than the headline he’s fighting!

  47. chris says:

    He’s an ass plain and simple

  48. chris says:

    Hate to break the news to you…but Conner is adopted as is his sister from the Kidman marriage. They always blamed Nicole because she could not get pregnant and have a real baby. Funny how Nicole WAS PREGNANT…FOR REAL…when she married Keith….What’s the lie, what’s the truth just look around and see reality. Tom is a liar and a fake…and still an ass.

    • Jayna says:

      Nichole has fertility problems. She talked abut a miscarriage earlier in her marriage to Tom. She did have one when he was divorcing her also and I guess proved it was his baby. and not from an affair. She talked about her issues making her feel she would never get pregnant and calls her eventual pregnancy with Keith a miracle that she never thought would happen. She used a surrogate for the second child as she couldn’t get pregnant again. Katy got pregnant within just a couple of months of meeting Tom. (Cut to the conspiracy people I will ignore.)

      Nicole in an interview last year.

      “Throughout her marriage to Tom, Nicole also suffered with infertility issues. She tried fertility treatments, and suffered through multiple miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy. These struggles led Nicole and Tom to adopt Bella in 1992 and Conor in 1995.

      “I had tried and failed and failed and failed. Not to be too detailed, but I’ve had an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages and I’ve had fertility treatments. I’ve done all the stuff you can possibly do to try get pregnant.

      “Every woman who has been through all those ups and downs knows the depression that comes with it. So the way it just happened with Sunday was like, “What?” The percentages were so low. It is the miracle in my life.”

      • Thiajoka says:

        Thank you. Get so tired of all the conspiracy stuff. I think COS is a bully and Tom is a loon, but I doubt there is an Illuminatiesque conspiracy going on in the lives of Tom’s children. And speaking of the Illuminati, that’s another annoying conspiracy thing that gets way out of hand.

  49. Anon says:

    He’s a minor bird or a parrot. Hello. Tom’s a pretty boy. Tom wants a cracker. Pretty boy. Good daddy, good daddy. Scientology rules, Scientology rules. Katie’s fault.

    Whadda azz.

  50. la chica says:

    Obviously Tom didn’t think that any of this would be made public.

  51. ANNIE says:

    Still think, he has idiots working for him, but at the same time, the way he evades answering questions put to him, is annoying, and his memory lapses, are equally annoying. He’ very passionate about everything Scie, very passionate indeed! There is no way on this earth Katie had an easy time being in his life, and even worse, if that story about him doing that to his niece is true, which it probably is
    Yet his sister stood by and let it happen. He only let her back into the family after 2 years and only when he said so, he can be as ruthless as they come!
    In my opinion he didn’t abandon Suri, but she’s not his main priority. As long as he calls, and pays for her, it’s ok.
    Nothing seems to happen , when he’s not around on his set for a few days, it seems, so there is no reason for him not to jump in his plane and go and see her.
    In my opinion , and I could be wrong, Katie seems to have a lot of say in the custody arrangements, but I do wonder how she managed to get it, when this is a man the very best legals are open to him. Somehow I think that a lot of secrets are going to come out of this, if it goes further.
    Also it seems that Amanda who works for him, doesn’t do him any favours either by not answering e mails, from the mags, who ring to verify stories, she calls them morons and idiots, which probably makes the mags go for the story even more!
    Tom doesn’t seem to know much of what happens around him. He didn’t remember how many times he’s sued, didn’t remember how many days he had spent with Suri, had to be pushed to remember how many hours it is to fly from London t NY, considering he is a pilot, and much more.
    Hi Anne!

  52. Thiajoka says:

    I just read what I could find of the deposition online and I’m intrigued that the defense attorneys managed to get into the fact that it seems that one of Cruise’s attorneys emailed a suggestion that the company he is suing is anti-Semitic. I know nothing about the company being sued, but if this ends up showing the bullying tactics that COS uses to go after perceived enemies then good enough. I really don’t think that Cruise is that concerned about Suri in this because suing for defamation has caused more publicity about the very fact that he isn’t more involved in her life. Or maybe he didn’t think it would go this far and thought the company would settle rather than going to trial.

  53. Anne says:

    So not a fan of Tom Cruise, but how come no one bats an eyelid about the fact that Nicole Kidman NEvER sees her kids from her marriage to Cruise? I mean she totally abandoned them by all accounts.

    • Vanderhootchie says:

      She didn’t, she was forced away from them and they were brainwashed against her. They were told she was a suppressive person. This cult is evil. “Religious doctrine,” now THAT is so funny, LOL :D It’s a cheesy, money-grubbing cult invented by a whacked former science fiction writer who was quite an accomplished liar.

    • Ennie says:

      A relative of mine divorced bitterly. His two sons at the beginning visited him and their granny, but overtime, as they have otten older, they have stopped coming, and when they do come they are away in other rooms, playing with their gadgets. They just do not want to mingle, and they are preteens.
      They do not care to visit, and this clearly comes from their mom side.
      It is a very sad situation, I imagine it is worse in $cientology, where they are told crazy things about their suppressive person parent.
      How sad that TC Has allowed this

    • Snowpea says:

      Anne that old chestnut comes out EVERY Cruise story published here and every single time, it is refuted as being total bullshite.

  54. TOPgirl says:

    Even though Tom is deep into his religion. I still think he’s a good father compared to a larger population of American men. At least he tries to see her and keep her in his life.

  55. lily says:

    What strikes me and repels me about the TC quotes. My ex would always repeat himself and he was the biggest bullshitter on the planet. Contributing factor of why he is ex.

  56. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    He repeats himself a lot.