Things between Tom Cruise and Bauer Media are about to get ugly. Last Thursday court documents were filed regarding the $50 million defamation lawsuit against the publisher of Life & Style and In Touch magazines.
In October Cruise sued Bauer over stories that claimed he had abandoned Suri after his divorce from Katie Holmes. Bauer responded in December and stated that their articles are “substantially true.”
Both sides now want a laundry list from each other. According to The Huffington Post – Bauer wants an accounting of Suri’s mental and emotional state following her parents’ separation and divorce; the actor’s work, travel and social schedule during the relevant time period; the extent to which Cruise was in contact, including his means of communication, with his daughter since he and Holmes separated; his history of separations from Suri since her birth; evidence of the role Scientology may have played regarding his visitation and communication with Suri; and Cruise’s litigation history.
Cruise’s lawyers are asking for a list of the stories Bauer’s publications have ever run on him, a rundown of Bauer’s policies and practices with regard to publishing stories about Cruise, Suri and Scientology; how the articles in question about Cruise came to be published, including the writing, fact-checking, verification and cover-approval processes; and the identities of those responsible for everything concerning the articles’ publication, from the reporting to the writing of headlines and photo captions.
On Feb. 28 there will be a scheduling conference to map out additional hearings.
Tom’s lawyer Bert Fields stated back in October, “Tom doesn’t go around suing people. He’s not a litigious guy. But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he’s going to sue. These serial defamers are foreign owned companies with their global headquarters in Hamburg. They take money from unsuspecting Americans by selling their malicious garbage. Having to pay a libel judgment may slow them down.”