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Tom Cruise: I'm still close to daughter Suri despite busy schedule

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    This Tuesday July 17, 2012 photo shows actor Tom Cruise and daughter Suri Cruise leaving Chelsea Piers in New York. Cruise wrote in a sworn declaration filed Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013, in a defamation lawsuit against Bauer Publishing Co. that he maintains a close relationship with his daughter Suri despite the claims by two Bauer tabloids in 2012 that he had "abandoned" her. (AP Photo/ Donald Traill) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this April 13, 2013 file photo, Tom Cruise arrives at the LA premiere of "Oblivion" at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Cruise wrote in a sworn declaration filed Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in a defamation lawsuit against Bauer Publishing Co. that he maintains a close relationship with his daughter Suri despite the claims by two Bauer tabloids in 2012 that he had "abandoned" her.(Photo by Todd Williamson /Invision/AP, File) (The Associated Press)

Tom Cruise is telling a federal court he maintains a close relationship with his daughter Suri despite his divorce from her mother Katie Holmes and a hectic film schedule.

Cruise's declaration was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles in a defamation case against Bauer Publishing Co. The actor is suing over 2012 tabloid articles that claimed he had "abandoned" his daughter. The stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines cited Cruise's absence from Suri's life due to overseas film shoots.

He writes in the two-page declaration that despite filming back-to-back movies after the divorce, he spoke with Suri nearly every day and got frequent updates from Holmes about how she was doing.

"I have in no way cut Suri out of my life — whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise," Cruise wrote. 

Cruise's lawyers are asking a judge to order Bauer to declare it didn't have any sources to support its contentions about his parenting role.

Bauer's lawyers argue that a judge should reject Cruise's motion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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