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Cruise Lawyers Spank Baby Store for Babbling

5/22/2008 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

In a move totally out of character, Tom Cruise has sicked his lawyers on luxury baby boutique Petit Tresor, accusing them of babbling to the tabs about Suri's outrageously expensive designer Scientoloduds.
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According to the cease and desist letter sent by Cruise's law firm, the store leaked false info that Suri's parents dropped a cool $350 - $400K on the tot's wardrobe over the last two years. Tom and Katie's mouthpieces claim the store violated their clients' right of privacy.

The lawyers are asking the store to, "not say anything (whether true or false) about Mr. Cruise and Ms. Holmes' shopping habits."

When TMZ spoke to Petit's Andy Behrman all we got was, "Are we allowed to comment?"




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91.

D.    

I think Tom should start spending some of his "big" shopping money on "gold-diamond" sippy cups for their sad toddler. Suri's and Katie's sad eyes say it all. Sorry Katie, you can run, but you can't hide because Tom is in charge of everything and everyone.

I'm SO sick of this "pretend" family. Tom, a word of advice to you, open the closet door and just come out!

2258 days ago
92.

Mike    

This store is known for blabbing about celebrities, outing pregnant celebs, and even making up information as is the case here, most likely for their own publicity.

Here is a sampler: http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/04/whats-hot-in-ce.html

The letter to the store from Tom and Katie's attorney (and that's attorney singular) was polite and simply made a request that they not do this sort of thing. It was not a cease and desist letter, as reported because there was no threat of action. The store's response was to submit the letter to TMZ in an effort to disparage Tom and Katie. And this is supposed to be a high end store. A real high end store would never do such a thing and would value any customer.





2258 days ago
93.

Taz    

Both whack jobs haven't had a good movie out in ages.

They need the publicity.

The Church of $cientology needs more money.

2258 days ago
94.

del    

They should be shamed for their disgusting, shallow spending. Imagine how many children in the world they could have housed, schooled, gotten medical care for with the money they spent buying designer labels pasted to clothes made in sweatshops for pennies. Idiots!

2258 days ago
95.

del    

63. lisamcpherson.org - RIP - This is the real face of Scientology.

Posted at 5:24PM on May 22nd 2008

WHOA! So sad! I guess she must have been "glib" in her need for psychiatric and medical care, right Tom?

2258 days ago
96.

captain obvious    

HEY TOM- Save some of that money you're spending on the kid's clothes. You're going to need it some day to pay for the orthodontist and therapists the kid is going to need after sucking on a bottle WAAAAAAY to long!

2257 days ago
97.

monique    

TomCat Get Over It!!!! That's the price of Fame!!!!!

2257 days ago
98.

Edumacated    

94. This store is known for blabbing about celebrities, outing pregnant celebs, and even making up information as is the case here, most likely for their own publicity. ...The letter to the store from Tom and Katie's attorney (and that's attorney singular) was polite and simply made a request that they not do this sort of thing. It was not a cease and desist letter, as reported because there was no threat of action. ...

Posted at 1:01AM on May 23rd 2008 by Mike"
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You could not be more wrong. As an attorney who has drafted such correspondence on many occasions (though never one as poorly constructed as the one at issue), I can tell you the letter is UNEQUIVOCALLY a cease and desist letter. It need not threaten legal action, it need only state the behavior which it claims to be a violation of of a client's rights and demand that such behavior cease. In this instance, it does not threaten suit because the attorney knows that his client not only has no legal leg on which to stand, but is also a man who should (in my opinion) be committed to a mental health facility for his own good and the good of his poor ,impressiobale daughter. Tom Cruise is acting in the manner of a bullying loon.

I don't care how often the store speaks about its clients. Apparently it never bothered the Cruise family in the past since Suri is past two years old and they are STILL shopping there. So long as it is not disclosing information that puts someone at risk (address, phone number, credit card info, travel patterns) , it has EVERY right to speak in the absence of a confidentiality agreement. Absent contract, THERE IS NO RIGHT OF PRIVACY BETWEEN A SALESCLERK AND A CUSTOMER!!! Moreover, as Tom's attorney well knows, so long as his clients aggressively and routinely SEEK publicty by ALERTING the press each time they patronize a public restaurant or shop at a public store, they have NO basis to contend that said store's confirmation that they are in fact customers in any way violates Tom's right of publicity. To have the temerity to flatly DEMAND that someone NEVER mention Tom and Katie's names, EVEN in TRUE statements, is the height of arrogance and utter gall. Even a first year law student recognizes the completely ridiculous and unenforceable nature of such a demand.

2257 days ago
99.

LAME    

Who gives a sh*t that they spend so frivolously on blankies @ $200 a POP!!! Waste not want not a$$holes!!! Who in their right mind would drop 1K on 5 blankies??? He's only pi$$ed because they got busted for their wasteful spending!!!

Tom Kat - you know you'll have to answer to God for your gluttonous behavior!

That is just GROSS!!!!

2257 days ago
100.

LAME    

Just wondering.... Are they planning on keeping Suri in diapers till she's 20?

2257 days ago
101.

LAME    

Edumacated - that was funny!!! Good luck on your edumacation!

Since when does a store clerk have to keep mum for clerk/client privelages?

2257 days ago
102.

m    

TC needs to build his own store, hire his own aliens , to run it, put in the products he only wants that brat of his to have , and stay out of the public eye.. NO ONE CARES.. you are crazy and your andro-wife is equally as nuts.. het Tom and Katie.. GO TOWARD THE LIGHT.. take the space ship and go back from where you came.

2257 days ago
103.

Mike    

"To have the temerity to flatly DEMAND that someone NEVER mention Tom and Katie's names, EVEN in TRUE statements, is the height of arrogance and utter gall."

The actual letter says "We hereby request that you no longer use our clients as part of your public relations and marketing efforts." and "Please do not say anything (whether true or false) about Mr Cruise's..." and "Thank you for your cooperation."

If you think that is a DEMAND, wow. Yet you believe you know enough about Tom to have him committed, though you don't know him personally nor likely ever met him. Contrast that opinion with the legions of praises from those that actually know Tom and have worked with him (e.g., Will Smith, Dustin Hoffman, Penelope Cruz, Sidney Pollock, Zellweger, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Jamie Fox, etc.).

2257 days ago
104.

Edumacated    

"If you think that is a DEMAND, wow. Yet you believe you know enough about Tom to have him committed, though you don't know him personally nor likely ever met him. Contrast that opinion with the legions of praises from those that actually know Tom and have worked with him (e.g., Will Smith, Dustin Hoffman, Penelope Cruz, Sidney Pollock, Zellweger, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Jamie Fox, etc.).

Posted at 11:52AM on May 23rd 2008 by Mike"
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My law degree, which I recieved over 20 years agpo, is from one of the top law schools in the nation and I don' think, I KNOW, that it s a cease and desist letter. It offers a litany df nonsensical rights that have purportedly been violations of rights and asks the store to cease. The term "demand" is commonly applied to such correspondence.

As for my opinon that Mr. Cruise needs mental health care, I fully stand by it. I don't need to be personally acquainted with a rotten egg to know that it emits a foul odor. Nor do I need to be personally acquainted with Mr.Cruise to know that his behavior over the last two years evidences a man frighteningly out of touch with reality. It is seen not only in interviews with Matt Lauer and others, but in the multitude of Internet footage showing other irrational rants. It takes an incredibly supportive interviewer (like Oprah) asking incredibly soft-ball, nonthreatening questions, in order for him to keep from publicly losing his temper over things that don't even concern him (Brook Shields' depression!!!???). That the only people you can point to as supporters are a few fellow stars is instructive (and by the way, what exactly would you EXPECT those stars to say). Yet I see Cruz got as far away from him as possible oince she recognized he was merely trying to use her in his "fake relationship" PR campaign. But since you wish to use famous names as evidence, what about Sumner Redstone, whose own wife urged him to break business ties with Cruise because of his continued irrational public behavior. Redstone has said that was the final straw, since he saw his wife's opinion (and those of her friends) as being indicative of what the general public was likely thinking.). No matter how you or Mr. Cruise's PR team wish to spin things, the average man and woman (those NOT living in a Hollywood fishbowl) KNOW that his behavior is not the norm. And to now send cease and desist letters to a store, rather than doing what a NORMAL person would do, which is simply STOP shopping there, again reveals how far removed this man is from reality.

2257 days ago
105.

Mia'sMommy    

I just wanna know why that baby girl is still given a bottle? Mom and Dad should take that thing away already. My daughter is a few days younger than Suri and has been off the bottle for over a year now. Come on Mom and Dad, it's not good for poor Suri's teeth!

2257 days ago
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