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Katie Holmes is bringing out the big legal guns. The actress is suing Star magazine for $50 million in damages, after the tabloid published an issue insinuating she was a drug addict.
The cover of the issue in question shows an unflattering photo of Holmes with a caption that reads: "Addiction Nightmare: Katie Drug Shocker! The real reason she can't leave Tom." Inside, the story doesn't actually claim that Tom Cruise's wife was using drugs, but details her use of an "e-meter" during Scientology sessions, which allegedly reflects past emotional experiences.
"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 told PopEater in a statement.
According to her rep, Holmes was forced to file this lawsuit "to vindicate her reputation after American Media refused to retract its vicious lies about her."
"Star magazine's malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical and unlawful," Holmes' attorney Bert Fields said in an official statement. "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. Someone should bring a class action to get all buyers their money back."
But despite the libel lawsuit, Star is not backing down from their story.
"We have not been served with any papers yet, however Star fully stands behind the editorial integrity of what we have published concerning Ms. Holmes' controversial use of the Scientology e-meter," a rep for the mag said. "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. Our attorneys look forward to deposing Ms. Holmes about her experiences with Scientology and the e-meter, and expect that the case will be promptly dismissed by the court."
Holmes and Cruise are tabloid regulars at this point, but it doesn't seem to make it any easier on them. In 2008, Holmes opened up to Vanity Fair about the toll the constant scrutiny was taking on her.
"I do know what is being said in the press," she said. "This is my family, and I do care about them. The stories are not OK. It eats away at me. Some of the crap that's out there -- it's really frustrating the amount of sh*t that's out there!"