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Tom Cruise

Files $50 Mil Lawsuit

Over Mag Claiming He Abandoned Suri

10/24/2012 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Cruise just filed a $50 million lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines, claiming the mags defamed him by reporting he had abandoned 6-year-old Suri.

In the lawsuit, filed in L.A. federal court, Tom takes issue with the July 30th cover of Life & Style, which reads, "SURI IN TEARS, ABANDONED BY HER DAD" -- as well as the October 1st cover of In Touch, which shows a picture of Suri above the headline, "ABANDONED BY DADDY."

According to the suit, Tom claims the mags' headlines are FALSE -- insisting, he "loves his daughter dearly and would never abandon her."

Tom is suing for $50 million plus punitive damages for defamation and invasion of privacy. 

In Touch and Life & Style are sister magazines owned by the same publishing company Bauer Publishing.

Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields says:

"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 tearful picture of Suri is reprehensible."

Fields goes on:  "Tom doesn't go around suing people.  He's not a litigious guy.  But 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 goes on to bash the mags, saying, "These serial defamers are foreign owned companies with their global headquarters in Hamburg.  They take money from unsuspecting Americans by selling their malicious garbage.   Having to pay a libel judgment may slow them down."

Fields says any money Tom gets from the mags will go to charity.

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16.

Tiffany    

so because he doesnt showcase his daughter around town, he has abandoned her? He seems like a great father and wants to keep her safe and out of the limelight. Good for him.

729 days ago
17.

bring back recent posts    

..GOOD FOR HIM...tabloids been doing that forever...printing crap...I would sue too if I was him ..teach them a lesson Tom!

729 days ago
18.

tori    

Good for him,he knows that one day his daughter will be reading all this garbage and if he squashs it with this magazine,others will be afraid they'd be sued to and not do it!

729 days ago
19.

devilgirl    

Good luck with that suit Tom. If you prevail, the CO$ will really like that new wing on the celebrity center you are going to build with the proceeds.

729 days ago
20.

Sam    

So he says the money will go to charity huh, we all know that is his ****ing cult.

729 days ago
21.

Laura    

Good for Tom--he is a wonderful father to Suri, and Life & Style deserves to be sued.

729 days ago
22.

jm    

The truth hurts and when you have money you can certainly deflect!

729 days ago
23.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

Long time coming for a lawsuit against LIFE & STYLE.

They are NOTORIOUS for making up stories. And they just picked the right person to do it to. Good luck paying out that judgement money fellas.

729 days ago
24.

jm    

The truth hurts and when you have $50M to throw around you can certainly afford to deflect negative attention.

I'm not advocating these "trash mags" but Tom doesn't have the best track record

729 days ago
25.

gutsygirl    

It is fact that Tom has not seen Suri in almost three months. Call it what you like, his priority is his career.

729 days ago
26.

Kim    

Good for Tom to sue. The media should leave children out of their stories. Tom and Katie are story enough.

729 days ago
27.

Phishie from Philly    

I'm a fan of Tom Cruise the actor not Tom Cruise the person. With that said I don't believe Tom would ever abandon his daughter. Sue the sh.it out of them Tom!
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Phishie from Philly

729 days ago
28.

oink    

He says the money will go to a charity. YEAH all 50 million ? hahaha i don't think so, unless it's his scientology charity

729 days ago
29.

Truth    

LOLZ!! THEY ALWAYS USE THE "CHARITY" SCHEME TO GAIN PUBLIC EMPATHY. #PATHETIC #SCIENTOLOGIST_PR #TRUTH!!

729 days ago
30.

Jorbear    

I'm no Tom Cruise fan, but when you print something like this about a guy's kid, prepare to get sued. Just sayin', some things are off limits!

729 days ago
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