(Yahoo!) - Tom Cruise says Scientology played a part in his split from Katie Holmes because she wanted to protect their daughter from the controversial religion.

While being deposed by Bauer Publishing in Los Angeles, Cruise — who is suing the publisher for $50 million for claiming he "abandoned" the 7-year-old girl after his divorce — made the admission, which had long been speculated about.

According to a transcript of the Sept. 9 deposition, which was obtained by "omg! Insider," the 51-year-old revealed that Suriis no longer practicing the religion and was asked whether Holmes divorced him to "protect" the girl from Scientology.

Cruise, who said he found the question "offensive," replied, "There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion."

However, when asked whether Holmes divorced him for that reason, he replied, "That was one of the assertions, yes. … There are many other aspects to the divorce."

The movie star was also asked about Scientology's term "suppressive person," which the church labels those who publicly renounce Scientology, and if Holmes fit into that category.

"That is a distortion and simplification of the matter," he replied. "I don't want to just give an oversimplification of religious doctrine."

However, he noted that his older children from his marriage to Nicole Kidman haven't had contact with Holmes since the divorce.

The deposition also included Cruise talking about how he didn't seen Suri for at least three months after the divorce — a period of time from early August 2012 to Thanksgiving — when he was filming a movie in London. It included the girl's first day of school.


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