Tom Cruise: 'Life & Style' Report Saying I Abandoned Daughter Suri is 'A Vicious Lie'
Tom Cruise’s lawyer is fighting back after a report in Life & Style claimed the recently divorced actor “abandonded” his six-year-old daughter, Suri.
In an email sent to media outlets on Wednesday, Bert Fields attacked the magazine, the cover of which says this week: “Suri In Tears: Abandoned by her Dad.”
What did the high-powered attorney have to say?
“[The story] is a disgusting, vicious lie," Fields said. "Until this week, Tom was shooting a film on location, but he spoke to Suri every day.”
Cruise, 50, and his ex-wife Katie Holmes divorced on July 19; while settlement details remain controversial, 33-year-old Holmes is said to have received primary custody of Suri, with Cruise being granted generous visitation rights.
Those visitation rights have already begun: on Tuesday, Cruise was spotted with his daughter in NYC earlier. Fields used the sighting as further ammunition against Life & Style, saying: “He's with Suri right now, and he was with her the day before Life & Style trumpeted their cruelly false accusation. Tom dearly loves Suri and the last thing he would ever do is abandon her."
It’s not the first time Fields has cried “foul”: just last week, he threatened to sue the National Enquirer after its cover blared the headline, "Inside Tom's HOUSE OF HORRORS!" The magazine promised a look at "abuse ... punishments ... humiliation" and said it would expose "Katie's tortured life!" -- and even proclaimed that "the real Tom is a monster!"
On July 11, Fields wrote to American Media, parent company of the Enquirer, to call the story "disgraceful and lurid," saying, "Mr. Cruise is certainly not a 'monster.' He is a caring father, a hardworking actor and, above all, an honest, decent man."
He went on to say that the Enquirer article would cost cause Cruise "hundreds of million of dollars of professional and personal damages.”