MAG: Tom Cruise Spoiling Suri As Plot To Seize Custody From Katie Holmes

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(In Touch)

By Daniel Gates

(In Touch)

In its latest misguided take on the Tom CruiseKatie Holmes split, In Touch claims Cruise is plotting a new custody battle over their daughter Suri, and that his recent father-daughter trip to Disney World was part of the conspiracy.

The magazine, which already embarrassed itself with nasty speculation about Holmes’ health, is now trying to find ways to make a different bogus cover story — claiming Suri has begged to live with Cruise — look more plausible. That’s how we arrived at In Touch allegations that Suri’s dream Disney vacation was actually a “bribe” and “part of Tom’s master plan” to “spoil his daughter rotten, get his own lavish home nearby and rehabilitate his public image so he can push for legal custody in the future.”

Let’s back up. As Gossip Cop reported last month, Holmes was given physical custody of Suri in the divorce agreement. Mother and daughter have subsequently been happily living together in New York, and Cruise visited with Suri there last month.

That’s the set-up now and for the foreseeable future. But In Touch portrays Cruise’s lavish Disney getaway with Suri as part of a bigger, manipulative scheme. “Tom is out to steal more than the heart of a little girl who has already told her mother she’d rather live with Daddy,” writes the tabloid. A so-called source for In Touch claims, “He’s not parenting her, he’s entertaining her. And he’s overdoing it.” The magazine alleges that Cruise has been making “special renovations” to his Beverly Hills mansion to appeal to Suri, and is currently on the hunt for a luxurious residence in New York. According to the tab, Cruise is planning to take a “break from movies” after his current projects “so he can spend more one-on-one time with Suri.”

“He needs to prove he’s just as reliable as Katie,” explains a so-called “confidante.” And what’s all of this allegedly building towards? “Tom is absolutely planning on going after custody of Suri in the future,” says an In Touch “insider,” adding, “His plan is to wait for now, and then fight for it down the line.” Uh-huh.

This is completely bogus. Cruise is spending time with his daughter, and that’s the end of it. If Cruise DIDN’T go on trips with Suri or lavish attention on her, In Touch and the other tabs would be screaming about what an absentee, uncaring father he was. When he DOES spend time (and, yes, money) on his daughter, the mag declares that it must be for ulterior motives. He can’t win. Multiple sources close to the situation assure Gossip Cop that Cruise is NOT looking to challenge the custody situation. Cruise’s rep was blunt about the In Touch story: “It’s a lie.”

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