In a lengthy disposition for an upcoming case, actor Tom Cruise admitted that his belief in scientology forced wife Katie Holmes to file for divorce.

In a shocking turn of events, Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise last June. Though trouble had been reported between the couple earlier, no one knew it was this serious. In fact, in a previous report, Cruise too said he was shocked by the move from his wife of five years. At that time, it was speculated that the reason for divorce was Cruise's scientology practices and Holmes was against raising their daughter in a similar manner. However, neither parties officially confirmed the reason for divorce.

In a recent disposition for a $50-million lawsuit, the "Oblivion" actor filed against publishers of celebrity magazines "In Touch" and "Life & Style" for having claimed that he had abandoned his daughter, Cruise admitted that it was indeed his scientology practices that drove Holmes to file for divorce.

When asked by the lawyer for the magazines' publisher, Bauer, whether Holmes had left him because of his scientology practices, the actor claimed the question was "offensive" adding, "'Did she say that? That was one of the assertions yes. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.''

The actor confirmed that Holmes stopped practicing the religion straight after the divorce and Suri too no longer follows Scientology.  He regarded the lawyers question as a "lack of understanding and respect towards my religion," reports ABC News.

In the lengthy, video-taped deposition Cruise submitted, he also admitted that he hadn't seen his daughter for 110 days following his divorce but cleared that accusing him of abandoning his daughter was "patently false." He clarified that he had in "'no way cut Suri out of my life - whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise''.

The defamation case is due to begin at a court in New York City next year.