The case is expected to go tocourt next summer. And - with luck - Suri won't know a thing about it.
Andat Suri's seventh birthday party this year, Katie invited the entire class of 23 to attend a party held at Eleni's New York bakery.
It was a very nice party, but nothing out of the ordinary, especially by the standards of wealthy New Yorkers.
She no longer insists on being carried everywhere for a start.
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'It was an important event,' said Cruise. if you look at this also in terms of Suri coming to me and certain agreements that you have when a divorce occurs, things change.
It will, surely, appal servicemen and their families, as well as many others. 'I've gotten very good at it.'
paul martin,Tokyo, Japan,11 hours ago
Suri was six years old and preparing to go to school for the first time after being home-tutored. I think he's a little whacko and living in his own strange reality. The trio had their toenails painted and Suri spent much of the time playing happily on her iPad.
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Communicating: Katie - who recently joined Twitter - posted about the trip, saying: 'So happy to be on twitter!!!!!! Sending first tweets from South Africa!!!!! (sic)'
Asyou might expect, the blame for the separation is laid none too subtly at the door of his former wife Katie Holmes. things change' at the interrogation held at the LA offices of Cruise's lawyer.">
Additional reporting by Daniel Bates
Butsurely the most peculiar passage in the recorded interview comes when he compares making a movie to a tour of duty in Afghanistan. It was brutal.
'Andit's more complicated. 'When did I not do it for Suri?' Cruise says. Is that right?'
She is the lawyer for two celebrity magazines, Life & Style and In Touch, who are defending a ?31 million lawsuit Cruise is bringing against them.
ced,blackburn, United Kingdom,11 hours ago
There are, of course, elements of spoiling. Oh, gee, I wonder if my being in the forces and deploying for MONTHS at a time had anything to do with it. It was brutal.'
Cruise will no doubt consult his inner alien being and it will tell him that he is acting exactly as the great leader Hubbard decreed!!!
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Heexplains: '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 . There is a telling exchangewhen Miss McNamara asks him why he was able to go to the Scientology conference in London on October 14 last year.
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'You have to work at it,' Cruise says. Until now, only the summary has been reported.
I have been a single dad for over 50 years and am in showbiz like Cruise but always put my kids first ! There is NO acceptable excuse for him to not visit her for all that time. So it wasn't - it's not an ideal scene.It's not an ideal situation.'
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So WHY didn't Tom Cruise see little Suri for 110 days? Actor refuses to accept the blame for 'abandoning' her as lawyer asks why he could make time for a Scientology meet-up
'The Olympians, they only have to run two races a day.
When McNamara says: 'Three months to a six-year-old feels like an eternity,' Cruise says: 'I don't know that to be true.' Asked: 'Would you accept that many people believe it?' he simply says: 'No.'
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So WHY didn't Tom Cruise see little Suri for 110 days? Actor refuses to accept the blame for 'abandoning' her as lawyer asks why he could make time for a Scientology meet-up | Mail Online
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The fact is that Suri has put down permanent roots in New York with Ms Holmes, 34, who has custody of her, while Cruise remains in the former marital home in Los Angeles.
McNamara presses Cruise on whether he was partly responsible for that absence, but he insists he wasn't.
The full account is 48 pages long, and full of repetitions and scratchy disagreements between Cruise and Elizabeth McNamara. And although Katie recently refused to buy her a dog, she appears not be pining for one.
We also know, because he was photographed, that he spent a few days in the Croatian resort of Hvar with friends.
He will not concede that, to a six-year-old who has not been apart from him for morethan a week at a time previously, that might feel upsetting. Social services on speed dial!
PUBLISHED:20:07 EST, 8 November 2013| UPDATED:20:58 EST, 8 November 2013
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To which McNamara replies: 'It really doesn't substitute for being able to be there, does it?'
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'In July, August, September, October,' the lawyer replies.
. They love Katie at TheAvenues school, I am told.
(This week she is making a film in South Africa and has been pictured having fish and chips in the afternoon sun with Suri, looking radiant and relaxed.)
To be clear, the period in question is last summer - immediately after Cruise and Holmes divorced following five years of marriage amid claims that Holmes was concerned about Cruise's controlling behaviour and his obsession with Scientology.
During this time we know -- because he admits to it -- that Cruise flew from Pittsburgh to London and back again in a day for an annual Scientology event.
She once wore lipstick, but no longer. There are many ways to remain active is your child's life when you are not physically present. or at least enough to know that this girl has been treated more like mommy & daddy's kitten then any sort of child.
Daddy's girl: Tom Cruise, pictured with Suri last year, claims he would have been there for his daughter's first day of school had she asked him
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Would it be fanciful to detect a glimpse of what used to be known as 'Cruise Control' in all this? For the man who raged: 'Ask Nicole, she knows', when questioned by an interviewer about the sudden end of his ten-year marriage to Nicole Kidman in 2001, is perhaps visible again here.
The revelations start on the second page, where Cruise -who has frequently employed lawyers in the past - has to admit that he's not quite sure how many times he has given a deposition before: 'One, two, three. things change' at the interrogation held at the LA offices of Cruise's lawyer.
He argues that he was able to be a good father to Suri by telling her 'wonderful stories' on the telephone. 'She is very involved,' says a source.
But whatnever changed, he insists, is the love he has for his daughter. . agreements change, you know.'
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Indeed, his role in the film All You NeedIs Kill -- due out next year -- is far more than a case of turning up andsaying the right words, he insists.
Ennis,Belfast, United Kingdom,11 hours ago
The deposition recorded by Tom Cruise on September 9 in the offices of his Hollywood lawyer Bert Fields is a curious document. Bella, his adopted daughter, is currently studying in London.
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So,is he right? Is Suri happy and confident? Certainly, with or without her father, she gives every appearance of being a more normal little girl than some feared. . If I am wrong, the parents are certainly not interested in letting the media portray otherwise.
Fortunate they got away from him and those weirdos.
Shealso has an immense collection of cuddly toys, comprising dozens of herfavourite pandas. We know, too, because he admits it, that Katie Holmes invited him to spend some time with Suri that October, but that he wasn't able to make the journey.
elephanttube and Kate are seen doting over their daughter Suri in New York in 2008 during Katie's rehearsals for the Broadway play All My Sons ">
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One New York friend said: 'Katie practically stalks the other moms to set up play dates with Suri every day.' She also goes into the school to work as a 'reader' -- like a teaching assistant -- for Suri and her classmates. I hope he wins every penny of his suit.
'There was no 24-hour period of time that you couldn't have flown to see Suri?'
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LadyFlorence,London, United Kingdom,11 hours ago
Later.Suri had a pampering session with her mum and Katie's mum, Kathleen. It will her parents and the publicity. The deposition, given under oath, repays a close examination, for its content is nothing less than jaw-dropping and casts Cruise in a rather harsh new light.
'Not an ideal situation': Tom Cruise is suing Life & Style and InTouch for claiming in two cover stories that he had 'abandoned' his daughter Suri
Cathy F,England,11 hours ago
It is not Scientology that will screw up this little girls life. Maybe four,' he says.
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'But you didn't do it for Suri... I'm no TC fan. He is, however, entirely free to do just that.
He says that the whole epic production depends on him, which means he is responsible for the livelihoods of thousands of people.
Tom Cruise has launched a ?31million lawsuit against two US magazinesThey published stories accusing him of 'abandoning' his daughterCruise has now given a lengthy statement of evidence defending himselfIt shows him repeatedly refusing to accept the blame for his time away
I am just happy I understand the meaning of life... isn't that right?' asks Ms McNamara. For Christmas, Katie reportedly gave Suri a Chloe furcoat that she had her eye on and was delighted with.
Good job she's got a Mum who adores her!
He agrees that he wasn't there on her first day of school, but says that she didn't ask him to be present.
They said in cover stories last summer that he had 'abandoned' his daughter Suri.
However,although he agrees he was an absent father, he won't accept that this had a negative effect on his six-year-old daughter.
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But he points out that Suri is 'a very happy child and confident and has a good sense of herself'.
Cruiseaccepts that during a five-month period, he saw Suri for just ten days in total, six of which were a father-daughter bonding break at Disney World, Florida.
School girls: Suri is pictured being dropped off at her $40,000-a-year private school in Chelsea, Manhattan by her mother Katie Holmes, 34, late last month
Far apart: Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise are currently enjoying a break in Cape Town, South Africa
She asked for it and she got it.
Friendsin New York observe that Katie works hard to provide a normal atmosphere for Suri. You have to ask for permission and organise schedules to make things happen. Her early penchant for high heels and designer clothes -- so evident in the dying days of the Cruise-Holmes marriage -- has disappeared.
Recently, she has started endorsing shampoos and make-up, and she even mused out loud in an interview about the possibility of starting a new career and training as an attorney, like her father Martin.
Cruise admits: 'No, it doesn't.'
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One is presumably meant to admire him for his stamina.
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Furthermore, given that it shows how Cruise repeatedly refused to accept any blame for the amount of time he spent away from his young daughter, one begins to sympathise with her mother Katie Holmes, who looked grey and downtrodden during their marriage.
So am I next? I routinely left my family for months at a time and never heard a whimper or garnered any sympathy