When it comes to Tom Cruise, the truth is stranger than fiction! Suing Bauer Media for allegedly defamatory articles about him has brought Cruise under the microscope like never before. Only RadarOnline.com has all the depositions, court filings, and secret emails about all of his darkest secrets. What you'll read may shock you!
1. First and foremost, Cruise has insisted that he never abandoned his daughter, Suri, despite an In Touch cover story titled "Abandoned by Daddy." "We spoke on the phone nearly every day…" he said in a deposition for the case. "As my numerous emails with Suri's mother during this time demonstrated, I was a constant presence in Suri's life during that time that the defendants falsely claimed that I abandoned her."
2. In that same deposition, however, he admitted to not seeing her for 110 days after the divorce. "Listen, when there is a divorce … things change," an angry Cruise insisted to lawyers. "It's not an ideal scene. It's not an ideal situation."
Tom Cruise and Suri
3. According to lawyers, he only saw his daughter for ten days from June 18, 2012, until Thanksgiving of 2012.
4. Cruise insists that despite his physical absence, he was able to effectively parent Suri by telling "wonderful stories" on the telephone. "I've gotten very good at it," he said. "...I tell wonderful stories …"
5. Lawyers questioned Cruise as to why he agreed to fly from a movie set on the East Coast to London for 24 hours that summer to attend a Scientology conference, instead of visiting his daughter. "Different situation," he exploded.
6. Bauer's attorney even went so far as to compare Cruise's parenting to his own father, Thomas Mapother III, who reportedly left the actor's family when he was young and didn't financially support him. Cruise bristled, "The fact that you would suggest that I was being like my father … I find that greatly offensive."
7. When lawyers first asked Cruise about claims that Katie Holmes divorced him "in part to protect Suri from Scientology," he lashed back. "Listen, I find that question offensive," he exploded. "I find it, those statements offensive. … There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion."
Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise
8. But Bauer's attorneys would not drop the question. "Ms. Holmes has never indicated in any way that was one of the reasons she left you? …" they asked. "To protect Suri from Scientology?" Cruise admitted, "Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."
9. Cruise also revealed that Suri is no longer practicing Scientology.
10. Holmes also left the church following the divorce, he confirmed.
11. According to the Scientology website, anyone who renounces the faith, as Holmes did, is considered a "Suppressive Person" and as such, "loses both his or her fellowship with the Church as well as with other Scientologists." Cruise admitted that that was a fair description.
12. But when asked if Holmes was a suppressive person since leaving the church, he snapped, "That is a distortion and simplification of the matter."
Connor Cruise, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Isabella Cruise
13. Still, he revealed that even though Holmes was close to his Scientologist children with Nicole Kidman, Isabella and Connor, during their marriage, she has not had any contact with them since the split.
14. As part of Radar's investigation into the case, we uncovered disturbing emails from Cruise's attorney Bert Fields to Bauer's lawyers accusing the media company of having a "long and disgraceful record of religious hatred and bigotry." Cruise's lawyers claimed, "This appalling record goes back to the 30s and 40s, when Bauer Publishing was a fawning admirer of Hitler and the Nazis …"
15. Fields also claimed that "Bauer's conduct didn't stop with the war's end. Since then, it has distributed neo-Nazi magazines, as well as Nazi-themed pornography and has engaged in anti-Semitic rants." He accused stories in In Touch and Life & Style of "indoctrinating" Americans with "Bauer's current message of hate."
16. When Bauer's attorney dismissed the letter as "bizarre," Cruise's lawyer Matt Gelsor fired off an email tip to Associated Press reporter Frank Jordan on November 6, 2012, offering up what he said was "information about a giant German publisher with old and current Nazi and neo-Nazi ties that have never been exposed."
17. When Jordan followed up on the tip, Gelsor claimed that Bauer was currently publishing "at least three magazines which whitewash the Nazi history and glorify or excuse Hitler, SS, and the Nazi party." He even claimed that they had likely used concentration camp labor to produce their magazines, while admitting that he had no evidence to support that.
18. The AP ultimately did not take the bait, but in February, 2013, a story containing nearly identical accusations surfaced on TheWrap.com. Bauer's attorney, Elizabeth A. McNamara immediately fired off a letter to Cruise's counsel accusing them of having been involved in its publication. "We are confident that it was no coincidence," she wrote.
19. After that, Bauer's lawyers filed a request for an order of protection to stop Cruise's attorneys from continuing their "calculated scheme to smear, intimidate and harass" Bauer with Nazi accusations.
20. Despite exhaustive searches of more than 13,000 pages of emails from In Touch and Life & Style employees, as well as depositions with several, many of whom are in fact Jewish, "not a shred of evidence" supporting their claims was found, Bauer argued in the request for protection, obtained by Radar.
21. In his video deposition, Cruise insisted that he did not know about or authorize his counsel's Nazi attacks.
Jeanne Yang and Katie Holmes
22. Meanwhile, other uncovered emails show that Cruise was concerned Holmes used dirty tricks of her own during their divorce. His publicist, Amanda Lundberg, accused Holmes' BFF, fashion designer Jeanne Yang, of feeding information to the press. "A very good friend/editor slipped and said her name to me …" Lundberg claimed.
23. They soon grew so concerned that she was the leak, they considered sending a legal letter to Holmes' team in an effort to muzzle Yang. One aide wrote, "If you're right, I think it's time that he sent a letter to KH's lawyers about Yang."
24. In another email, Lundberg complained, "Katie's publicist calls the paparazzi every time K gets ready to leave the building as the doormen are always surprised how suddenly they show up when she is about to leave."
25. Perhaps Lundberg was unaware that that comment seemed to suggest that Cruise's team was speaking to the doormen in an effort to get information on Holmes. Or maybe she was just caught in a lie?
Tom and Suri Cruise
26. Still, Lundberg tried to work with Holmes' team, in one email begging her rep at the time, Nanci Ryder, to ask Holmes to speak out and deny stories about Tom not spending enough time with their daughter. "Can you guys comment and deny this as we know this is not true," she asked.
27. Cruise's deposition further delves into his absence in his daughter's life, particularly on her first day of school last year. "You know, with Suri, if she had asked me to be there, I would have been there," he told Bauer attorneys. "I would have tried to make it work out in any way I could."
Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes
28. He also insisted that it would have been too much of a media circus if he had attended, and so he and Holmes came to the decision that she would take Suri to her first day at the $40,000-a-year private school in Manhattan alone.
29. Other documents uncovered during the case show how Cruise sicced his lawyers on Vanity Fair just weeks after the magazine published an article criticizing Scientology. His attorneys then informed the mag that they would no longer be allowed to publish images from Suri's first photo shoot, by Annie Leibovitz, which appeared on the cover in October 2006.
30. Cruise's attorneys used similar legal intimidation tactics with other publications, more emails revealed during the case suggest. Radar has obtained letters from Cruise's lawyer Fields to writers for The Hollywood Reporter and The New Yorker warning them about writing anything about Cruise.