Katie Holmes files $50 million libel suit against magazine

LOS ANGELES Tue Mar 1, 2011 6:09pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Katie Holmes on Tuesday filed a $50 million lawsuit, accusing celebrity magazine Star of libel for a cover story that falsely suggested she was a drug addict.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court, is over a January edition of the magazine with the cover line "Addiction Nightmare. Katie Drug Shocker!"

The inside story claimed that Holmes, the wife of Tom Cruise, was "trapped in a cycle of addictive treatments", but made no allegations of drug use. Instead it talked of counseling sessions in the Church of Scientology, according to the lawsuit.

Cruise is one of Hollywood's leading Scientology followers.

"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," attorney Bert Fields said in a statement.

Holmes, 32, is seeking $50 million in damages.

Star magazine, is published by Florida-based American Media Inc, whose group includes tabloid weekly The National Enquirer.

A spokeswoman for American Media said on Tuesday that the company would "vigorously defend" the lawsuit and that its attorneys "look forward to deposing Ms. Holmes about her experiences with Scientology."

Lawyers for Holmes said the actress was forced to file the lawsuit to "vindicate her reputation after American Media refused to retract its vicious lies about her."

Holmes's five-year marriage to Cruise has been a frequent source of speculation in the celebrity media.

The actress said in a statement on Tuesday that "of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale. The publisher knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines."

Holmes made her name in the teen TV drama "Dawson's Creek" and went on to appear in movies such as "Batman Begins". She made her Broadway debut in 2008 in a production of Arthur Miller's play "All My Sons".

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)

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dibeanie wrote:
I am sure the lawsuit is justified, but 50 million? Are Katie & Tom out of work?

Mar 01, 2011 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Louanne wrote:
The Star should have done their homework.

http://www.scientology.org/faq/scientology-and-dianetics-auditing/what-is-the-emeter-and-how-does-it-work.html

WHAT IS THE E-METER AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
E-Meter is a shortened term for electropsychometer. It is a religious artifact used as a spiritual guide in auditing. It is for use only by a Scientology minister or a Scientology minister-in-training to help the preclear locate and confront areas of spiritual upset.

In itself, the E-Meter does nothing. It is an electronic instrument that measures mental state and change of state in individuals and assists the precision and speed of auditing. The E-Meter is not intended or effective for the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of any disease.

In order to understand how the E-Meter works, it is necessary to understand some basic Scientology concepts.

There are three basic parts of Man—mind, body and thetan. The thetan is an immortal spiritual being—the individual himself. The thetan inhabits a body and has a mind, which is a collection of mental image pictures.

The pictures in the mind contain energy and mass. The energy and force in pictures of painful or upsetting experiences can have a harmful effect upon an individual. This harmful energy or force is called charge.

When the E-Meter is operating and a person holds the meter’s electrodes, a very tiny flow of electrical energy (about 1.5 volts—less than a flashlight battery) passes down the wires of the E-Meter leads, through the person’s body and back into the E-Meter. (The electrical flow is so small, there is no physical sensation when holding the electrodes.)

When the person thinks a thought, looks at a picture in their mind,
re-experiences an incident or shifts some part of the reactive mind, they are moving and changing actual mental mass and energy. These changes in the mind influence the tiny flow of electrical energy generated by the E-Meter, causing the needle on its dial to move. The needle reactions on the E-Meter tell the auditor where the charge lies, and that it should be addressed through auditing.

Mar 02, 2011 2:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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