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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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46.

Joao    

My Midwest sensibilities, void of any of the more enlightened East Coast and Californian higher education institutions cause me to suspect that the Tom Cruise tantrums in the comments on this story may be orchestrated by low low brow, gossip rag in question.
My desire for you, Tom Cruise, is that you sue the crap out of them... make them grovel. They literally bank on the--assumption that the celebrity won't fight back on conjured up false defaming gossip. Now that the shoe is on the other foot the perennial favors: "We attempted on multiple occasions to contact representatives of the publications with no response" doesn't infer guilt?

They did in fact absolutely defame Tom Cruise, the readers of those kinds of publication (sadly) represent a large segment of the American population who have embraced Mr. Cruise as an integral model of their worldview and a media marker of their maturation. Make them publish a front page apology without and photos or other. "WE LIED BECAUSE [NAMES] WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION HATES TOM CRUISE AND IS OUT TO DISRUPT HIS LIFE BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. RESPECT YOURSELF- STOP BUYING OR EVEN READING OUR DISGUSTING MAGAZINES."

696 days ago
47.

don    

Suit will get tossed. Federal judge will conclude it is within a safe zone notwithstanding facts are buried elsewhere in magazine. Facts are contained in the four corners of the mag.

696 days ago
48.

Northerngirl41    

It's ok Tom. No one believes that crap anyways. we know your a great dad but probably a ****ty husband. Don';t worry--people won't believe that crap anyways.

696 days ago
49.

tamara    

Of course the "cult" is more important than his little girl and wife. Isn't that what cults do is brainwashing?
Poor Suri will have to live with the fact her father chose spaceships over her.

696 days ago
50.

Cheryl A.    

No, no, no! He did NOT abandon Suri. He abandoned the kids he adopted with Nicole Kidman.

696 days ago
51.

Lynn M    

Good for Tom. Although he and Katie divorced, all indications are that they both care deeply for their daughter and are working to keep both relationships intact. Hope he wins!

696 days ago
52.

Cindy    

I think tom is a good man. We can tell that. I have no doubt of his love for his child. He has only one main flaw, and that's his inability to see the light about Scientology and the felonious man who created it.

696 days ago
53.

Andy    

He learned from the Scientology Department of Dirty Tricks that you can sue your enemies into silence!

696 days ago
54.

Rickd385    

I'm not wild about Tom Cruise but I think enough is enough.There is to much lying in the press today no matter what out let you read.

696 days ago
55.

Rusty Shackleford    

biggest crybaby in hollywood.

696 days ago
56.

Jorbear    

I'm no Tom Cruise fan, but if you're going to print something like that about a guy's kid, be prepared to go to court. Just sayin', some things are just not right and I don't blame him for suing them.

696 days ago
57.

deanne    

GOOD FOR HIM !!!!

696 days ago
58.

Annie S.    

He is a friggin wacko. This makes me hate him even more throwing his tantrums and suing. So what. Wasn't like they printed he was a pedophile.

696 days ago
59.

JDUB    

I hate tabloids, I don't think they should be allowed to show pictures or do negative stories about any children under 18 without the parents' permission.

696 days ago
60.

TXLady    

I can't STAND Tom Cruise, but can't blame him for taking action against these stupid rag mags for printing lies. He's a wack job but he does love his daughter and would NEVER abandon Suri!!

696 days ago
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