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Sat Oct 25 05:28:45 SAST 2014

Cruise sues magazines for $50m

Reuters | 26 October, 2012 00:37
Actor Tom Cruise carries his daughter Suri into the Chelsea Piers sports facility in New York
Actor Tom Cruise carries his daughter Suri into the Chelsea Piers sports facility in New York, July 17, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Image by: ANDREW BURTON / REUTERS

Tom Cruise has filed a $50-million defamation lawsuit against magazines that claimed he had abandoned his daughter Suri following his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.

The Mission: Impossible star filed the lawsuit against the publishers of celebrity magazines In Touch and Life & Style.

Cruise's attorney Bert Fields said: "Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri. She's a vital part of his life and always will be. To say he has 'abandoned' her is a vicious lie. To say it in lurid headlines with a picture of a tearful Suri is reprehensible".

The lawsuit refers to two cover stories, published by the magazines in July and September, with the headlines "Abandoned by Daddy" and "Abandoned by her dad".

The September story in In Touch claimed that six-year-old Suri had gone for more than 44 days without seeing Cruise.

Holmes filed for divorce in June after six years of marriage, seeking sole custody of Suri, in a move that took Cruise by surprise when he was filming in Iceland.

They swiftly agreed on a custody arrangement and settled other matters, but details have been kept private.

Fields said Cruise was seeking damages of $50-million and would "undoubtedly give the money to charity" if he won the case.

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