Tom Cruise Threatens to Sue National Enquirer For “House of Horrors” Cover
By Michael Lewittes | 12:00 pm, July 12th, 2012
Tom Cruise is threatening to sue the National Enquirer after the tabloid ran a cover story this week claiming the actor was verbally abusive to Katie Holmes and kept their daughter Suri locked in a “tiny, windowless room” when she was a baby.
As Gossip Cop was first to report, a rep for Cruise called the story “made up garbage,” and a friend of Holmes similarly dismissed it as “not true.”
Now, in a blistering letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields blasts the Enquirer’s parent company American Media for “false and vicious lies” which he says will cause his client to suffer “hundreds of millions of dollars of professional and personal damages.”
The actor’s lawyer goes on to write, “We intend to hold American Media, and everyone who participated in the perpetuation of this scurrilous attack, jointly and severally (sic) liable.”
Fields adds, “Your cover tells the world in huge red and yellow headlines that Mr. Cruise’s home is a ‘HOUSE OF HORRORS!’ Mr. Cruise’s home, which you have pictured, is by no means a ‘house of horrors.’ It is a gracious and loving family home.”
He notes, “Contrary to your blaring headlines, Mr. Cruise has not engaged in any “abuse” or “humiliation” of Katie Holmes. Nor has he ever subjected her to any ‘punishments.’”
Fields concludes by demanding that the Enquirer “immediately retract each and every one of your false assertions about Mr. Cruise with the same prominence and emphasis as you gave your original false and defamatory assertions.”
Gossip Cop has reached out to Cruise’s lawyer, as well as a rep for American Media.
You can read the full letter here.
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