(ABC NEWS) During a deposition in his court battle against a pair of magazines, Tom Cruise admitted that ex-wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce “to protect Suri from Scientology,” according to court documents.

The “Mission Impossible” actor is embroiled in a $50 million suit against Bauer Publishing Company, the publisher of In Touch and Life & Style magazines over claims that he “abandoned” his daughter Suri after his June 2012 divorce from Holmes.

Cruise is asked by one of Bauer’s attorneys whether one of the reasons that Holmes left him was “to protect Suri from Scientology,” according to the transcript of Cruise’s Sept. 9 videotaped deposition obtained by ABC News.

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