When it comes to legal disputes, Tom Cruise has his fair share of experience. The superstar actor has filed a lawsuit once again, and this is a big one. This time, Tom is suing a magazine publisher over stories suggesting that he abandoned daughter Suri. The magazines in question are In Touch and Life & Style, and Tom is seeking $50 million in damages. "Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri," said his lawyer in a 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." Given his three decades as a superstar, it's no surprise that Tom has had to deal with his share of defamation issues. Here is a look back at some of the notable disputes involving the actor.
1998 tabloid lawsuit
In 1998, the "Mission: Impossible" star won a libel case against a British tabloid that called his marriage to former wife Nicole Kidman a sham. The magazine ran a story that said the marriage was all a hoax designed to cover up Tom's homosexuality, and the couple didn't take kindly to that. Tom and Nicole swiftly filed suit, and they were awarded an undisclosed settlement. The story also claimed that Tom was sterile, another allegation that he fought in court.
The lawsuits over homosexual claims
In the early 2000s, Tom was involved in a pair of high profile disputes that involved claims that the actor was gay. One suit involved a gay porn star that claimed to have had an affair with the actor. The suit was ultimately dropped, and Tom won a $10 million settlement. In another, a man claimed to possess a gay sex tape featuring Tom. The tape never surfaced, and Tom ultimately won the battle. The man later made a public statement that Tom was a heterosexual, and that the tape didn't involve Cruise.
The National Enquirer dispute
This past summer, Tom's attorney threatened a lawsuit over a story that claimed he was keeping his family in a "house of horrors." Among other things, the story accused the actor of being a monster. There were also claims that Tom was abusing his wife, and that he forced Suri to live in a windowless room. His lawyer said that legal action would be taken unless the tabloid retracted the entire story, and he defended his client on every allegation.
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