Black Friday Sale: Get 75% off a digital subscription

Tom Cruise maintains Suri abandonment claims are 'patently false'

Tom Cruise is declaring his devotion to Suri Cruise, his daughter with ex-wife Katie Holmes, in court documents related to his $50-million lawsuit against a couple of tabloids.

It's one of the first times the A-lister has opened up about his divorce, which went down swiftly and with little fanfare in 2012. The actor is actively fighting claims from Life & Style and In Touch publisher Bauer Publishing over stories that he "abandoned" his daughter when splitting from Holmes after six years of marriage.

The "Mission Impossible" star's attorney filed documents Tuesday to support his defamation case originally filed against Bauer in October 2012. In the documents, Cruise gave a two-page description of his relationship with Suri, according to the Associated Press.

"The assertion that I 'abandoned' Suri after my divorce is patently false," Cruise said in the documents. "I have in no way cut Suri out of my life -- whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise."

PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013

The "Oblivion" and "Jack Reacher" star, who also has two kids with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, said that he and Suri have remained close despite his divorce from Holmes.

The 51-year-old and Suri, now 7, "were (and continue to be) close" even when he was filming back-to-back films overseas, listing examples of his reunions with his daughter, Cruise said in the documents obtained by TMZ.

"As my numerous emails with Suri's mother during this time period demonstrate, I was a constant presence in Suri's life during the time that defendants claim falsely that I abandoned her," he said.

PHOTOS: Famous Scientologists

He said they "spoke on the phone nearly every day" and that he "regularly asked for and received updates concerning her friends and school life," which he then discussed with her during their "regular phone calls." 

He concluded by saying that the headlines published by the mag were "patently false."

"I also understand that defendants claim that Suri was 'feeling abandoned' during this time period. This is also patently false, " he said. "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."

He finished by saying that Suri "has never indicated, in words or substance, that she has ever felt abandoned by me."


Jennifer Lawrence: Catching pixie-cut fire

Ashton Kutcher slams fame as 'crap,' 'unhealthy' on 'Ellen'

Kristen Bell's baby bond wasn't there immediately, she admits

Follow @NardineSaad

Follow Ministry of Gossip @LATcelebs.

PHOTOS AND MORE: PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times PHOTOS: Royal visit to New Zealand and Australia PHOTOS: 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun