Tom Cruise sues publisher, claiming false parenting allegationsOctober 26, 2012 2:33 pm Leave your thoughts
As reported yesterday in this blog, defamation lawsuits are becoming more common, with the widespread use of the Internet. The famous actor Tom Cruise has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against a magazine publisher that alleged he abandoned his daughter Suri, according to the Associated Press.
The publisher of Life & Style magazine claimed that merely because Cruise divorced his former wife, Katie Holmes, that he has also abandoned his daughter. Bert Fields, Cruise's attorney, said that this was a complete lie.
"Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri. She’s a vital part of his life and always will be," Fields told the news source. "To say it in lurid headlines with a tearful picture of Suri is reprehensible."
The attorney filed the suit in a Los Angeles court. While Cruise has said that magazines may have printed about his personal life in the past, publishers trying to earn a living off of his relationship with his daughter is not appropriate.
Fields has said that the actor plans to donate any money received in the lawsuit to charity. The Los Angeles Times mentioned that by filing this lawsuit, Tom Cruise may have opened up his personal life to scrutiny in the courtroom, as he will likely need to answer private questions about his parenting under oath.
Entertainment companies need to ensure their clients do not undergo similar defamation as Tom Cruise and other celebrities. Employing a public relations professional can go a long way to guaranteeing that a client's reputation is not tarnished.
Other businesses may need to properly train their employees and document their performance to avoid defamation. For legal advice and information on the legislation behind these type of suits, Arizona companies are advised to contact Phoenix business law attorneys.
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