Friday morning the Complaint for Defamation of Character and False Light Invasion of Privacy was made available online. Tom Cruise is suing Bauer Publishing for $50 million or more, in a defamation of character lawsuit. In the complaint, “Life & STyle” and “In Touch” are accused of exploiting six-year-old Suri Cruise with lying headlines and sensationalized photographs on the magazine cover. If Tom Cruise prevails in the lawsuit, the money will be donated to charity.
The court documents, which are available online outline the falseness, and the photos used to sell their tabloid on the news stand. Cruise’s lawyer, Bertram Fields took off the gloves with the complaint wording:
“But defendants have demonstrated that they have no interest in the truth, and will stop at nothing to push the sales of their tabloids, even if this means exploiting a defenseless six year old child on their cover, and proclaiming to the world that she has been “ABANDONED BY HER
The tabloids continued to lie, after being corrected about the status of the father-daughter relationship. Reports of Tom Cruise’s daily calls to Suri, were reinforced in the complaint:
19. Counsel also pointed out that the plaintiff and Suri were together that very day, and were also together the day before Defendants’ defamatory Life & Style cover was published, completely refuting any assertion that Suri had been “abandoned” by her father. Plaintiff demanded a retraction of Defendants’ false assertions, but Defendants refused.
26. This second false accusation of abandonment was made even more shameful and reprehensible by Defendants’ acknowledgement, buried deep inside the story itself, that while Tom has been in London working on a motion picture, he and Suri are “very close” and “speak every day.”
Suri Cruise doesn’t deserve to have people wondering if dad really loves her. No one should ever let a child think that their dad doesn’t love them. Love between a parent-child is sacred and should not be diminished by anyone else. She is only six-years-old.
Tom has spoken through his lawyer with reassurance that he loves his child, and make no mistake about it, he does call Suri every day, sometimes even more often than once-a-day.
Divorce is not easy for kids, and being in the public eye must make it even more difficult. Tom’ hi-profile and abrupt divorce initiated by Katie Holmes, was settled in a speedy and efficient way. This lawsuit is being initiated because the tabloids falsehoods could affect custody and have seemingly crossed the line of decency.