Legal depositions are meant to take place behind closed doors, but once the written transcripts leak online, there's no stopping revelations like the one TMZ shared today — that Tom Cruise admits his ex-wife Katie Holmes left him in 2012 partly to protect their daughter, Suri, from Tom's religion, Scientology.

The 51-year-old Oblivion star was deposed in Los Angeles on September 9, 2013 as part of his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines after they ran headlines in 2012 claiming Tom had "abandoned" Suri.

In the transcript from the deposition — which TMZ has uploaded for all to see — a lawyer asks if Tom believes that the published contentions that Katie left Tom in part to protect Suri from Scientology are false statements. Tom first says that they're false, but when the lawyers ask if Katie had ever told him that that was one of the reasons, Tom responds, "Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."

"So those publications were not false?" the lawyer counters.

Tom seems to stammer a bit, then says, "First of all, I don't know everything that they said in that, and there are many different other aspects to the divorce."

There you have it, folks!

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Source: TMZ

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