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During a September 9 deposition, Tom Cruise was put on the spot regarding his absence from daughter Suri and Katie Holmes' split from Scientology.

"Unfortunately in this situation it was impossible," Cruise said, referring to his intense filming schedule in London for his upcoming sci-fi film, All You Need Is Kill. The 51-year-old actor was questioned by Elizabeth McNamara, the lawyer representing Bauer Publishing, in his lawsuit against In Touch story that claimed Cruise abandoned his daughter after his divorce.

Cruise also added that he called Suri everyday and acknowledged how that wasn't an adequate method for maintaining his relationship with her.

"You have to work at it. I've gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories," the Oblivion star said. "I also find that, you know, Suri is a very happy child, and confident, and has a good sense of herself."

As for his absence, he mentioned how the divorce forced him to roll with the circumstances but insisted that he never abandoned his daughter. When lawyers asked Cruise whether or not Holmes divorced him to protect Suri from Scientology, he responded, "I find that question offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion."

When further questioned as to if this was one of the factors, Cruise admitted, "that was one of the assertions, yes. There are many other aspects to the divorce."