Actor Tom Cruise has filed a lawsuit in a California court against the publisher of Life & Style magazine over a story that suggested he abandoned his daughter, Suri, according to an article on Wednesday in entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter.
Bert Fields, an attorney for Cruise, revealed the lawsuit stating in a written statement the magazine was being sued for $50 million for false claims Cruise abandoned his six year old daughter.”
“Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri,” Fields says in the statement. “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.”
Fields says the lawsuit, which THR has not yet seen, was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
“Cruise has been battling various media outlets since word of his divorce from Katie Holmes broke in late June,” according to the THR article. “Fields, Cruise’s longtime legal protector, has sent threatening letters to the National Enquirer and Vanity Fair over their coverage of the actor’s personal life and connections to Scientology.”