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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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31.

verlinda    

Saw that coming

643 days ago
32.

Jody    

Tom Cruise is a suing happy bastard. Anything that makes his precious image look bad is worth suing over.

643 days ago
33.

Buddy The Elf    

TCLTC

What a *****.
Just try being a normal father and not such a douche.

643 days ago
34.

media_lush    

Very simple to defeat.... all their lawyers have to do is to to bring up scientology's disconnection policy and get Cruise to dent it exists and then show the extensive proof that it does!!

643 days ago
35.

anonymous    

hey Tom, you can't control what the entire world thinks about you. Narcissistic moron. good luck getting that cash.

643 days ago
36.

NOT ELMO    

money, money, moneyyyyyyyyyyy.....

643 days ago
37.

Bryan    

A guilty man wouldn't have sued.

643 days ago
38.

Truth    

HOWEVER, I CAN SEE THE SCIENTOLOGIST'S POINT OF VIEW... WENDY WILLIAMS MAN-FACE ALWAYS PROMOTING THAT SH*T MAG ON HER SHOW AS IF THE F*CKING HOLY GRAIL OF TRUTH. #TRUTH!!

643 days ago
39.

Sincerity    

It may take awhile, but Tom Cruise will usually win. These "TACKY AZZ" tabloids should be held accountable especially when they print stories that are "INACCURATE"!!! If you let one get away this foolishness before you know it, others will be quoting the sames "BALD FACE LIES"!!! People with very "HIGH PROFILE" public images have a "RIGHT" to defend themselves. I HOPE HE WINS!!!

643 days ago
40.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

As wack as Tom is what that religion/cult Scientology thing I don't think there is anyone who would say that Suri isn't the largest part of his world. I hope he wins.

643 days ago
41.

Brian    

Although Tom is a bit of a nut, I think that these tabloids really need to pay the price for making false claims.

643 days ago
42.

CN    

Anything for Tommy Girl to get back in the news. A normal person would say, I know this isn't true, and Suri knows it's not, and he would move on - not sue.

Besides, with his movie schedule and traveling, it does kinda look like he abandoned her. How many days has he spent with her in the last three months?

643 days ago
43.

cancelledaccount    

Six weeks is a long time between visits....

643 days ago
44.

Brad    

Don't you have enough money you money grubbing whore.

643 days ago
45.

RobertG    

Was an obvious lie when I read it and now that's simply confirmed. There should be severe consequences when you profit from incredibly bold lying and I support his decision to try and make that happen. :) Hopefully if the judgement is huge and gets collected obviously offensive and hurtful lies like that will fade for awhile at least.

643 days ago
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