Say what you want about Tom Cruise, but don’t criticize his parenting! The actor has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing after magazine covers alleged that he abandoned his seven-year-old daughter, Suri.
After Tom divorced Katie Holmes in July 2012, she received custody of their daughter. However, in his lawsuit, the Mission: Impossible star claims he still has a significant relationship with Suri. “The assertion that I ‘abandoned’ Suri after my divorce is patently false,” the papers say. “I have in no way cut Suri out of my life — whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise.”
He goes on to list several occasions on which he saw his daughter, adding, “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.”
Tom was shooting two movies during the time the magazine headlines were published, but he insists that his busy schedule did not interfere with the father-daughter relationship — and he says he has proof. “As my numerous e-mails 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.”
The document concludes, “[Suri] has never indicated, in words or substance, that she has ever felt abandoned by me.”