A magazine cover that says “Katie DRUG SHOCKER!” pushed Katie Holmes to sue the publishers of Star Magazine. She says it is insinuating that she is a drug addict, something that is completely false and wasn’t even supported by actual stories. The cover also implied that she is seeking to leave husband Tom Cruise, which is another claim dismissed as false by Katie.
The actress filed the lawsuit last Tuesday against American Media Inc. in Los Angeles.
Holmes lawyer Bert Fields issued a statement saying that “Star Magazine’s malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical and unlawful. Not only do they cruelly defame Katie, they play a cheap trick on the public, making ridiculously false claims on the cover unsupported by anything inside.”
“Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale,” Katie said in a statement. “The publisher knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines.”
Star Magazine, though, is standing by their story. They say it raises significant issues in the Church of Scientology, amongst them the use of e-meters which is a common practice to detect practitioners that are under mental trauma.
According to the magazine’s official statement, “Star fully stands behind the editorial integrity of what we have published concerning Ms. Holmes’ controversial use of the Scientology ‘e-meter. The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes.”
Holmes is seeking more than $50 million in damages from the magazine and its publishers.