Tom Cruise Sues Magazine for Vicious Suri Lies
On October 24, 2012, actor Tom Cruise filed a lawsuit against the magazine “Life & Style” for falsely claiming that he “abandoned” his 6-year-old daughter Suri. After multiple letters to the magazine demanding the retraction of the statements were refused, the decision was made to file a defamation claim against the publisher. As Cruise’s attorney put it, “[Tom’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.”
The lawsuit arises out of a July 30th cover of Life & Style Magazine, which featured a picture of Suri crying and the headline “Suri in Tears: Abandoned by Her Dad.” However, what neither the cover nor the headline told readers was that the picture of Suri was taken as she was leaving a pet store and was not allowed to bring home a puppy. Cruise’s attorney issued the following statement regarding the headline after filing the lawsuit on Cruise’s behalf: “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.” He went on to say: “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.”
An ordinary defamation claim requires a written or spoken statement to a third party that harms a person’s reputation. However, because Cruise is a public figure, he must also prove that the statement was false and that it was made with malice.
Cruise has asked for damages of $50 million in his lawsuit, and has stated that all monies received from the lawsuit will be donated to charity.
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