TOM Cruise has said he is still "extremely close" to his daughter Suri after his divorce from her mother Katie Holmes, as he filed court documents in support of a legal case against two American magazines.
The film star, whose marriage to Holmes - pictured right with Suri- ended in the summer of 2012, filed a two-page submission outlining the nature of his relationship with his seven-year-old daughter as part of a $50m (€37m) defamation suit.
Cruise (51) is suing the Bauer publishing group over allegations in its magazines Life & Style and In Touch, which claimed he had "abandoned" his daughter following the couple's divorce.
The 'Top Gun' star stated the allegations were "patently false".
He wrote: "I have in no way cut Suri out of my life – whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise."
The articles, published last year, had cited Cruise's absence from his daughter's life due to overseas film commitments.
Cruise said he did film two back-to-back projects in the UK and Iceland in the second half of 2012.
His daughter and family had previously often accompanied him to film sets overseas, but the "changed circumstances" following the divorce meant they did not see each other as often as before, he added.
After the break-up, his daughter lived with Holmes (34), in New York, where she was enrolled in school, Cruise wrote.
But the actor said he spoke to her "nearly every day" on the telephone when he was abroad and saw her in person in July, August and November.
Bauer's lawyers argue that a judge should reject Cruise's motion arguing the magazines had statements from confidential sources.
Cruise is also a father to two other children, Connor, (17) and Isabella (19) who he adopted with his ex-wife, actress Nicole Kidman. (©Daily Telegraph, London)