Tom Cruise’s attorney has threatened the National Enquirer’s parent company with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over a new issue asserting it has details of his split with wife Katie Holmes, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The Hollywood Reporter posted a letter on its website from the actor’s Los Angeles attorney, Bert Fields, in which he blasts American Media Inc for what he calls “false and vicious lies” he says will cause “hundreds of millions of dollars” in damages to Cruise.
“As you were notified in advance, your current issue of National Enquirer makes numerous false and defamatory assertions about our client Tom Cruise,” the three-page letter begins.
The letter draws attention to disparaging descriptions of Cruise in the Enquirer’s issue that hit newsstands on Wednesday, with Fields writing: “These are all lies – vicious, hurtful, damaging lies.”
Fields did not respond to Reuters’s requests for comment late yesterday and a representative for American Media could not be reached.
Earlier this week, the couple agreed to a divorce and custody arrangement for their daughter Suri, but details were undisclosed.
Both have remained publicly silent about the issue, except for one joint statement in which they said they were working together to settle their differences in the best interest of Suri. – Reuters