Tom Cruise sues mag for $50m over abandoning daughter story

London: Tom Cruise has filed a 50-million-dollar defamation lawsuit against Life and Style magazine for publishing articles that claimed the actor has abandoned his six-year-old daughter, Suri.

The actor’s attorney, Bert Fields, said to falsely claim the actor deserted his daughter is a “vicious lie.”

“Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri. She’s a vital part of his life and always will be,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“To say it in lurid headlines with a tearful picture of Suri is reprehensible,” he said.

The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles federal court.

Cruise doesn`t like to file lawsuits but felt it was appropriate because “sleaze peddlers” are trying to make money about the actor’s relationship with his daughter, Fields said.

“These serial defamers are foreign-owned companies with their global headquarters in Hamburg,” he said.

“They take money from unsuspecting Americans by selling their malicious garbage. Having to pay a libel judgment may slow them down,” he added.

If Cruise prevails, Fields said his client would give the money to charity.