Thursday 19 April 2018

Tom Cruise row settled over 'abandoned Suri' claim

US actor Tom Cruise, pictured with his daughter Suri
US actor Tom Cruise, pictured with his daughter Suri

Antonia Molloy

TOM Cruise has settled a $50m (€36m) defamation lawsuit against a German media company that claimed he had "abandoned" his daughter, Suri, after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.

Lawyers for Cruise and Bauer Publishing Company, which publishes US celebrity magazines 'Life & Style' and 'InTouch Weekly', made a mutual decision to drop the case.

Each party agreed to pay their own costs, according to a document filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles.

Cruise's attorney, Bertram Fields, said the media company "never intended to communicate that Tom Cruise had cut off all ties and abandoned his daughter, Suri, and regret if anyone drew that inference from anything they published".

He added the full terms of the settlement were confidential. Bauer has not commented on the case.

Cruise filed the suit in October 2012, alleging he was defamed and that his privacy was invaded by the July 30, 2012 issue of 'Life & Style' and the October 1, 2012 issue of 'InTouch', as well as online images of their covers.In a declaration, Cruise denied he had cut his daughter out of his life, "whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise". (© Independent News Service)

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