Tom Cruise drops defamation lawsuit against publisher
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Actor Tom Cruise on Friday dropped a US$50 million (S$63.3 million) defamation lawsuit against a German media company that published a report saying the Hollywood star had "abandoned" his daughter, Suri, after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.
Attorneys for Cruise and Bauer Publishing Company, which publishes American celebrity magazines Life & Style and InTouch Weekly, agreed to have the lawsuit dismissed with each paying their own costs and attorneys' fees, according to a document filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles.
There was no indication in the court filing of whether there was an out-of-court settlement in the case. Neither Cruise's nor Bauer's attorneys were immediately available to comment.
Cruise's lawsuit, which also alleged invasion of privacy, gave a glimpse into the Mission: Impossible actor's tightly guarded private life, including his divorce from Holmes and his Scientology religion.