Finally, Some Good News For Tom

Tom Cruise and his lawyer, Bert Fields, win a court wiretapping case.

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Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has scored a major legal victory after a Los Angeles judge tossed a lawsuit which alleged the actor hired a private eye-to-the-stars to spy on his ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

Former tabloid magazine editor Michael Davis Sapir had sued 50-year-old Cruise for $5 million, alleging he maintained a “long-standing business relationship” with Anthony Pellicano, a crooked investigator who is now serving 15 years in prison for tapping the phones of Hollywood’s rich and famous.

On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Elihu Berle ruled that Sapir's allegations failed to fall within the statute of limitations.

What does that mean?

Here's the 411: A statute of limitations is a time period after an event that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berle said Sapir should have investigated the Pellicano link in 2003, when he was sentenced to 30 months in prison. But he didn't -- and it took until December, 2009 to file suit.

Unless Sapir appeals the ruling, the sensational claims against the Mission Impossible star will now not be tested in a court of law.

That's a major relief, no doubt, for Cruise, who has been battling backlash since he split from ex-wife Katie Holmes on June 28 last year.

As Celebuzz previously reported, the allegations against Cruise and and his lawyer, Bert Fields, were detailed in paperwork filed with the L.A. County Superior Court.

“In or about the mid 1990s,” Sapir claimed, “Cruise visited Pellicano’s office for the purpose of listening to wiretaps.”

He alleged: “During the time Cruise was about to divorce Nicole Kidman, Pellicano recorded conversations of Kidman and Cruise. Pellicano discussed with at least one of his employees the substance of those recorded conversations.”

 

Cruise, according to Sapir, had a “pattern and practice of hiring Pellicano, either directly or indirectly, for the express purpose of conducting wiretaps.”

He claimed Pellicano taped conversations between him and his attorney to gain an advantage for Cruise in slander litigation he'd filed, after the editor offered a $500,000 reward for evidence proving the Top Gun actor was gay.

Cruise sat for a closely guarded deposition in the case before Christmas.

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