Actor Tom Cruise reportedly admitted in a video deposition for his $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing that Scientology may have played a role in his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.
Cruise is suing the publishing company over two 2012 tabloid stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines which claimed he "abandoned" his daughter Suri after his divorce from Holmes while he was working overseas on film shoots.
According to documents obtained by ABC News, Cruise was asked by an attorney for Bauer Publishing in a video deposition in September if Holmes had indicated that Scientology, Cruise's religion, played a part in the divorce.
Cruise replied, "That was one of her assertions, yes."
According to E! News, Cruise later said, "There are many other aspects to the divorce."
After he was asked if Holmes divorced Cruise in order to protect Suri from Scientology, the actor said that he found the question "offensive" and that "there is no need to protect my daughter from my religion."
However, according to a report by People magazine, Cruise later changed his statement about the role his religion might have played in the divorce.
"Katie has never told me that this [Scientology] was a reason for our divorce," Cruise reportedly said in a document filed on Nov. 5, according to the magazine.
Cruise and Homes were married in a Scientology ceremony in 2006 in Italy. The couple reached a divorce settlement in July 2012.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the actor wrote about his relationship with his daughter in a court document to support his lawsuit.
"The assertion that I 'abandoned' Suri after my divorce is patently false," Cruise said in his declaration, which was obtained by OTRC.com. "I have in no way cut Suri out of my life ? whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise."
"Suri and I saw each other in person in July, August, November and December 2012," he wrote. "But 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."
A hearing for the case is set for Nov. 26 in federal court.