Tom Cruise reportedly hasn't seen his daughter Suri Cruise in more than a month, but it's not for lack of trying.
In the weeks following Cruise's divorce from wife of five years Katie Holmes, the 50-year-old actor was seen on many an adventure with Suri -- taking helicopter rides and roaming the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. But now it's back to work for Cruise, who has been filming a movie in England.
"It is a disgusting, vicious lie by a disgusting, vicious publishing company who I have strongly recommended we sue,” Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields told HuffPost's Rob Shuter, about the accusation that Cruise abandoned Suri. “Tom, who is working on a picture in England and calls Suri every day, sometimes twice day. It’s a disgusting, vicious lie.
"He loves Suri and is a constant presence in her life," Fields explained to E! News. "As in the past, when he's shooting in a foreign country, he has to rely on daily phone calls."
Reports about Cruise becoming a missing presence in his 6-year-old daughter's life began last week, when he didn't show up to accompany her to her first day of private school.
Cruise's lawyer and publicist are currently doing damage control in the wake of Vanity Fair's damning allegations that Cruise auditioned potential wives before marrying Holmes. Cruise's team has been denying the story and doing what they can to once again repair Cruise's reputation as a bankable actor and as a loving father.
Cruise hasn't had a good summer, and things aren't so great for Suri either. She's attending a brand-new school, and the divorce has taken a toll on her as well.
Us Weekly reports that Holmes has told friends that Suri is still adjusting to life in New York and seeing less of her father.
"She said the divorce has been hard on Suri and she's acting out," a friend of Holmes told the magazine, adding that the actress is determined not to let things get out of hand, or to give in and spoil her. "Katie says no to some things, but gives a little leeway. She knows Tom is going to spoil her."