The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Tom Cruise sues US magazine over daughter story


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Troubled Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is suing the publishers of United States magazine Life and Style for US$50 million (S$61.1 million) over a cover claiming he had abandoned his daughter Suri, his lawyer said Wednesday.

The weekly's July 30 issue splashed with the headline, Suri In Tears, Abandoned By Her Dad, over a picture of the sobbing 6-year-old, living with her mother Katie Holmes since her shock divorce announcement weeks earlier.

Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields called the magazine's publishers "sleaze peddlers," and said he filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court in Los Angeles, seeking damages of US$50 million.

"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," Fields said in a statement.