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I have not cut Suri out of my life, says Cruise

Tom Cruise has told a court that he maintains a close relationship with his daughter, Suri, despite his divorce from her mother and a hectic film schedule.

The actor's two-page description of his relationship with his daughter came in a court filing to support his defamation action against a magazine publisher.

Cruise (51) is suing Bauer Publishing over two 2012 tabloid stories that claimed he had "abandoned" Suri. The stories, in Life & Style and In Touch magazines, cited Cruise's absence from Suri's life because of overseas film shoots.

"I have in no way cut Suri out of my life – whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise," Cruise wrote. He said that despite filming back-to-back films in the second half of 2012, he spoke to his daughter nearly every day and got frequent updates from her mother, actress Katie Holmes.

Cruise's lawyers are asking a judge to order Bauer to declare it had no sources to support its contentions about his parenting.