Actor Tom Cruise is suing the gossip magazine Life & StyleÂ for $50 million over claims that he abandoned his young daughter Suri after his public divorce from Katie Holmes.
The defamation suit, which was filed in Los Angeles yesterday, was brought on after the magazine ran an article in July with the headlineÂ ’Suri in Tears: Abandoned by Her Dad.’ In the article, a “source” claimed Cruise wasn’t spending time with his daughter after the divorce.
Bert Fields, Cruise’s lawyer, told reporters that his client prefers not to sue tabloids, but felt he needed to make the truth about his relationship with Suri clear.
“When these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he’s going to sue,” Fields said.
He also said: “These serial defamers are foreign owned companies with their global headquarters in Hamburg.” Adding, “Having to pay a libel judgment may slow them down. Tom will undoubtedly give the money to charity. He always has.”
Don’t blame him one bit. If somebody wrote that about my baby, I’d knock em’ out.