Tom Cruise has decided to drop the defamation lawsuit against In Touch and Life & Style magazines after reaching a settlement of $50 million.
Tom Cruise, 50, launched legal action against owners at Bauer Media Group in November over the magazines’ 2012 suggestions that he had “abandoned” his daughter Suri following his divorce from actress Katie Holmes last year.
At the time of the filing, his attorney Bert Fields said: “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.”
Tom Cruise has decided to drop the defamation lawsuit against In Touch and Life & Style magazines after reaching a settlement of $50 million
Tom Cruise’s lengthy deposition made waves as personal details about his private life were revealed, including his admission that his devotion to Scientology had been “one of” the reasons behind his split from Katie Holmes.
The case was set to go to trial, but Tom Cruise has since managed to resolve the dispute and papers for a lawsuit dismissal were filed in California federal court on Friday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the terms of the settlement are confidential, although each party will be responsible for its own legal costs.
Actress Katie Holmes was awarded just $400,000 a year in child support payments in her divorce settlement from Tom Cruise, according to new reports.
Katie Holmes, 33, signed a prenuptial agreement when she married Tom Cruise, 50, in 2006 which excluded her from his $250 million fortune.
According toTMZ, Katie Holmes will receive no spousal support from Tom Cruise. However, he is required to pay over $33,000 a month in child support for their six-year-old daughter Suri until she turns 18.
Tom Cruise will also pay for Suri’s medical and dental expenses as well as her insurance, education costs and college tuition. The money will reportedly be paid by electronic transfer.
Katie Holmes was awarded just $400,000 a year in child support payments in her divorce settlement from Tom Cruise
The couple also agreed that their daughter will not attend boarding school, shooting down reports that Suri would be sent to a school which focused on Tom Cruise’s religion, Scientology.
Katie Holmes will have sole custody of Suri, however Cruise was granted “meaningful” visitation rights.
If their marriage had lasted more than 11 years, Katie Holmes, who earns a considerable amount less than her former husband, would have received half of Tom Cruises’ $250 million fortune.
“The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed,” her attorney told E! News recently.
“We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.
“We thank Tom’s counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution.”
The settlement came just two months after Katie Holmes sensationally lodged the legal papers to end their five-year marriage.
Citing “irreconcilable differences” for the split, the actress requested sole legal custody and “primary residential custody” of Suri.
“We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests,” the former couple said in a joint statement.
“We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.”
Meanwhile it has been reported that Tom Cruise, who is currently filming the movie All You Need Is Kill in London, has thrown himself into work since the breakdown of his marriage.
Speaking to Grazia a source said: “Tom’s friends and family have urged him to take a break, but he has brushed off their concern.
“He is refusing to slow down and is trying to soldier on. He doesn’t seem to be himself. He hasn’t been working out like he normally does and doesn’t appear to be eating well at all. His clothes just hang off him.”
The source also told the magazine: “His way of dealing with this is to throw himself into his work, but as a result he’s not looking after himself, and he risks cutting himself off from people who care about him and want to make sure he’s OK.”
Tom Cruise has two other children Connor, 17, and Isabella, 20, from his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman.
Actor Tom Cruise reunited with his daughter Suri in New York yesterday for the first time since his split from wife Katie Holmes.
Shooting on his latest movie Oblivion wrapped in California, Tom Cruise flew to New York overnight to see his youngest child.
Suri Cruise, 6, cuddled her father with one arm and clutched a soft toy in the other as he carried her into the Greenwich Hotel.
They later emerged, seemingly having changed outfits, with Suri switching from casual red flip-flops into a pair of burnt red patent flats – although her orange dress remained the same.
Tom Cruise reunited with his daughter Suri in New York yesterday for the first time since his split from wife Katie Holmes
Tom Cruise, 50, also seemed to have freshened up, wearing a navy T-shirt instead of a light blue shirt.
His sister Cass Mapother was also seen arriving at the establishment with toys in tow.
Tom Cruise had no contact with Katie Holmes when he made a five minute visit to her apartment to collect their child earlier this morning, according to TMZ.
The actor and his daughter were last spotted in public together on June 16, when they dined at Sushi Samba in Reykjavik, Iceland, along with Katie Holmes.
It was no doubt an emotional reunion for father and daughter, who have been keeping in touch via phone and video chat in recent weeks.
Last week Tom Cruise’s lawyer, Bert Fields said the actor was eager to be with his daughter again, adding: “Tom loves Suri very, very much, as he does his other two children. Tom is a family man, and dedicated to his children. They are the centre of his world.”
Tom Cruise’s older children Isabella, 19, and 17-year-old Connor from his marriage to Nicole Kidman have both been spending time with him in recent weeks, including sombre birthday celebration on July 3.
Following her split from Tom Cruise on June 29, Katie Holmes has secured primary custody of their little girl in an undisclosed divorce agreement.
It was recently revealed Katie Holmes has enrolled Suri into New York’s Convent of the Sacred Heart School.
The conservative school – where former pupils include Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton – was chosen because the actress wants her daughter to have a Catholic education, rather than being taught at a Scientology school as Tom Cruise desired.
Tom Cruise’s lawyers have taken at a swipe at Katie Holmes, accusing her and her legal team of “playing the media”.
While Tom Cruise, 50, has kept silent save for the statement he issued immediately after Katie Holmes made her announcement, his lawyer Bert Fields spoke to the BBC yesterday about the impending battle between the couple and their fight for custody of Suri, 6.
In a thinly veiled attack on Katie Holmes, he said: “We are letting <<the other side>> [Katie and her team], play the media until they wear everyone out and then we’ll have something to say.”
Bert Fields added: “Tactically we can’t say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he’ll be seeking joint custody of Suri.”
It was certainly an unprecedented broadside intended to draw sympathy away from Tom Cruise’s estranged wife, and all the more notable as the actor, who celebrated turning 50 this week is notoriously private.
Bert Fields, who spoke to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, would not be drawn on specific details of the divorce – but did use his opportunity to express that his client was “really sad about what’s happening”.
The lawyer added: “It’s not Tom’s style to do this publicly. He is really sad about what’s happening.”
It is believed Katie Holmes wants legal custody because she is worried about Tom’s devotion to sci-fi cult Scientology and the effect the quasi-religious sect may have on their six-year-old daughter.
However a source told TMZ: “[Katie] was totally committed to Scientology. She had enthusiasm for it and would voluntarily and gladly participate in it when Tom was off shooting movies.
“This is not a fight over religion. It’s being used as a way to hurt Tom.”
Tom Cruise's lawyers have taken at a swipe at Katie Holmes, accusing her and her legal team of “playing the media
The now warring spouses are not speaking, but Tom Cruise is reportedly calling Suri “several times a day”.
Tom Cruise has borne the brunt of the negative publicity surrounding the divorce, and it seems his lawyer is keen to redress the balance.
But yet more revelations emerged today claiming Tom Cruise controlled Katie Holmes “like a puppetmaster making every major and minor decision in her personal and professional life”, wrote TMZ.
And sources close to Katie Holmes claimed: “In the end, she felt like she couldn’t breathe without his permission.”
In 2005, early in the couple’s relationship, during filming of Thank You for Smoking, Tom Cruise allegedly instructed producers to “kill” any promotional photos which showed Katie Holmes and co-star Aaron Eckhart engaged in kissing or “anything else compromising”.
Tom Cruise is also said to have imposed his will during her stint on Batman Begins to prevent Katie Holmes from flying with the rest of the cast. Instead, Katie Holmes was made to travel to set on Tom Cruise’s private jet.
A source told TMZ actor Morgan Freeman was supposedly “disgusted” by the situation.
Bert Field’s attack came as Katie Holmes stepped out looking worryingly thin with a tired looking Suri.
Katie carried her daughter during a trip with friends – accompanied by security – to the Children’s Museum of the Arts in the Soho area of New York City.
It emerged yesterday that Katie Holmes had been secretly planning her divorce assault for several weeks with the help of her father Martin Holmes.
The secretive plan included switching all her cell phones and email addresses.
Katie Holmes was said to be contact with Tom Cruise, right up until last week, playing the role of doting wife.
“She was talking to Tom on the phone up until last week saying, <<I love you>>,” a source told People magazine.
But the escape plan was well underway when Katie Holmes recently visited China for work commitments.
“Her inner circle has been planning this and switching out cell phones since she was in China [in mid-June],” the source said.
“When new cell phones arrived, then nobody could reach her. Her old best friends from last week don’t have her new number, no e-mail. She’s unreachable.”
Katie Holmes even allegedly bent the truth to Tom Cruise about her new Chelsea apartment.
“[Tom] knew that she moved there, but [he thought it was] for different reasons,” the source told People.
“She said she moved there to drive into the underground garage. There are fewer paparazzi and it’s less intrusive for her,” the source continued.
“It was the first phase of getting everything out of the house, and that’s why she was able to say she’s moving without giving an indication that she was going to divorce him.”
Katie Holmes’ father also fired some of his daughter’s assistants and hired new ones in place to help out with the grand plan.
In their new apartment building, neighbors say mother and daughter are a joy to have.
“Katie and Suri have been very friendly to everyone they see in the building,” a source told Radaronline.
“But they mostly keep to themselves.”
However the pair has been spotted using the communal children’s playroom.
“Suri was there playing. Katie was with her and they were very sweet to the other people in the room.
“There were a few other kids there and Suri quietly played with them. She seemed like a nice little girl and the other kids looked like they were having fun with her.”
Tom Cruise, who has kept busy by shooting his latest movie Oblivion in Iceland, returned to Los Angeles earlier this week where he marked his 50th birthday with a quiet lunch alongside adopted children Connor and Isabella, but not Suri.
He is said to have made it his “first priority” to get temporary visitation rights to his daughter Suri.
Tom Cruise intends to go to court in Los Angeles in person to ensure he is legally allowed to see the youngster.
Katie Holmes filed for the divorce in New York because she believes she has a better chance of winning sole custody, and although Tom Cruise was encouraged to file in California, the law states divorce cannot be filed in separate states at the same time.
A source said: “Tom has told Dennis Wasser and Bert Fields, his long-time entertainment lawyer, that his first priority is getting a court order in place, obviously a temporary one, that will allow him to legally see his daughter.
“Team Cruise has extensive documentation to prove that Los Angeles is where the case should proceed, because this is where he says they have lived.
“Tom is extremely disappointed that Katie filed in New York, and he feels that she is trying to cut him out of their daughter’s life.
“Tom won’t tolerate it and told his lawyers that if he personally needs to go to court and make a plea in front of the judge for an order allowing him to see his daughter, he will.”
It looks like Tom Cruise’s unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age.
Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes were all in their early thirties when their marriages to Tom Cruise took a turn for the worse.
Fans of Tom Cruise searched for a meaning, some postulating that the number 33 is related somehow to his religion, Scientology.
Tom Cruise married Mimi Rogers when she was 31 in May of 1987. She was 33 when they broke up in 1990.
In his second marriage to Nicole Kidman, the actors stayed together for ten years. They split in 2001, when she was 33.
His wedding with Katie Holmes was in 2006 when she was 28 and last week, when she filed for divorce, she had reached the ripe old age of 33.
It looks like Tom Cruise's unlucky number is 33 as all three of his ex-wives called it quits when they reached that very same age
In each case, divorce proceedings began when the wives were 33 and concluded when they were 34.
Perez Hilton dug deep into Scientology to find out what, if any importance there is to the number 33. Turns out, the first Church of Scientology was established in Phoenix, Arizona, which lies on the 33rd parallel.
In numerology, the number 33 is for the “master teacher” represented by the Archangel Michael. The number 33 is associated with the power of healing through love; people with the life path number 33 are totally selfless and love unconditionally.
Regardless of the positive connotations, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce will not be recognized by the church of Scientology, according to church documents.
There is a belief in the church of Scientology that marital problems come from “withholds” or “overts” – undiscussed issues or problems.
Katie Holmes is believed to have blind-sided Tom Cruise by initiating divorce proceedings and seeking sole custody of their daughter Suri.
With sole custody of Suri, Katie Holmes would be able to remove her daughter from the Church of Scientology despite her husband’s enthusiasm for it.
The estranged couple has been raising Suri in accordance with the doctrine of the Church of Scientology – treating her as an adult, free to make her own decisions.
“Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,” a spokesperson for Tom Cruise said.
Katie Holmes cited “irreconcilable differences” as the cause to the split.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have announced they are divorcing after five years of marriage.
Tom Cruise, 49, said he was “deeply saddened” that his younger wife, Katie Holmes, 33, had filed for a separation.
He revealed Katie Holmes had initiated the split, bringing a dramatic end to one of Hollywood’s most high-profile romances.
In a surprise move, Katie Holmes is understood to have filed for sole custody of the couple’s daughter Suri, six.
“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” Katie Holmes’s lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement to People magazine.
“Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
A spokesperson for Tom Cruise, who is currently in Iceland filming his new sci-fi movie Oblivion, said: “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children.”
The actress filed documents in New York this week citing “irreconcilable differences”.
Katie Holmes has asked for legal custody, primary residential custody and a “suitable amount” of child support from her husband, TMZ reports.
She is also asking for a division of property in the divorce documents, although there is a significant pre-nuptial agreement that is based on California law.
The couple is worth around $275 million – much of that owing to Tom Cruise’s box office success.
The terms of the pre-nup are understood to be clear – for each year the couple stay married, Katie Holmes collects $3million – to a maximum of $33 million after 11 years – as well as their palatial home in California.
If their marriage had lasted more than 11 years, Katie Holmes would have received half of Tom Cruise’s reportedly $250 million fortune.
After filing for divorce less than six years later, according to the agreement, Katie Holmes should only be entitled to $15 million as well as the couple’s $35 million Beverly Hills Mansion.
But with an estate worth upwards of $275 million, Katie Holmes is expected to seek much more and there is already intense speculation as to how much she will collect when the papers are signed.
Tom Cruise is believed to have “not seen” the divorce coming.
But sources insist that Katie Holmes did tell him that she was filing for divorce – but she didn’t give him a chance to control the spread of the news, as he did with Nicole Kidman.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have announced they are divorcing after five years of marriage
The fact that she issued a solo statement speaks of some heat around the final extinguishing of the marriage.
The pair has not been seen together in public for almost three months – they were last pictured on April 5 while in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Katie Holmes failed to turn up to at any of the worldwide premieres of her husband’s latest film Rock of Ages, despite Tom Cruise’s constant protestations of love for his wife.
The final arguments seem to have been over where Tom Cruise was going to spend his 50th birthday on Tuesday. He told her that he was planning to be on the set of his latest film Oblivion, in Iceland, and that seems to have been the last straw.
Katie Holmes had frequently been pictured looking drawn and exhausted during her marriage. One Hollywood source said she had been “utterly miserable with Tom for months, if not years”.
Indeed, the row over his birthday followed another bust-up over what Katie Holmes felt were embarrassingly bad taste pictures of him on the cover of W magazine last month.
He was dressed – or rather undressed – as the rock star Stacee Jaxx, the character he plays in Rock of Ages. Two half-dressed blondes were wrapped around him, one licking his face.
Katie Holmes, a nice girl from Ohio who is nevertheless very aware of why Tom Cruise feels the need to play the macho card in public, was apparently “speechless” with disgust and felt the pictures laid both of them open to ridicule.
The marriage has been in such poor shape that for the past year they have led almost entirely separate lives.
Katie Holmes has chosen to stay with Suri in Tom Cruise’s New York apartment while he has travelled the world working.
Suri has been her constant and only companion. They are often out together until late, and Katie Holmes – who gave up all the threads of her old life to become Mrs. Tom Cruise – seems to have no other friends at all.
A shopping and sundries budget reputed to run at $125,000-a- month could only keep her amused for so long.
One Hollywood source said today: “It was an open secret that she was utterly miserable with Tom, and had been for months if not years. They really couldn’t drag out the pretence any longer.”
Another source added: “Katie spent her time avoiding him, and they rowed terribly.”
When Tom Cruise was filming Rock of Ages in Miami, Katie Holmes came along with Suri and they made a family holiday of it. But since then they have spent no more than a handful of nights under the same roof.
Katie Holmes, who used to have a poster of Tom Cruise on her bedroom wall, found that being married to an intense, workaholic, and deeply religious megastar was no picnic.
In pictures of her going about her daily business she looked completely worn out. Her brown hair was prematurely grey, she never wore make up. One shapeless cardigan was succeeded by another baggy jumper.
Those close to her said that she felt he wasn’t putting any effort into her or the marriage.
Her once promising film career – she had been the love interest in Batman Begins – had been stifled. Roles evaporated. She ended up trying to find work as a fashion designer, endorsing the line Holmes and Yang.
The bigger picture is that this is the end of the third of Tom Cruise’s marriages and a spectacular failure of his strategy to re-launch himself as a “regular guy”.
And if the union was supposed to cease gossip about Tom Cruise and his personal life, in particular rumors of his homosexuality – always denied – it failed utterly.
The couple’s 2006 Italian wedding was choreographed like a massive movie premiere, with more bodyguards than guests and the ultimate goal seemingly the fantastically romantic images which were released to the media of the A list star and his pretty bride.
This came in the wake of the president of Paramount Sumner Redstone complaining that women found the actor “creepy”.
When the romance began – Katie Holmes had met Tom Cruise to discuss the possibility of appearing in Mission Impossible III – she was immediately sent on an intensive and lengthy study course about Scientology, the religion founded by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, which holds that humans are descended from an exiled race of aliens called Thetans.
She was “audited” by Scientology counselors, and unlike Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman before her, has totally embraced the movement.
Tom Cruise proposed on June 17, 2005 on the top of the Eiffel Tower following a famously embarrassing declaration of his love on Oprah Winfrey’s show, where he jumped up on the couch yelling: “I’m in love, I’m in love, I can’t be cool, I can’t be laid back.”
Despite earlier reports that there would be a Roman Catholic ceremony of some sort – Katie Holmes was born a Catholic – it was a Scientology wedding. What’s more it was conducted by David Miscavige, Tom Cruise’s best friend who is the head of the movement.
From the outset Katie Holmes struggled to ever settle in their Los Angeles mansion. Cass Mapother is a key figure here, Tom Cruise’s sister – and she and her three sons share the house with Tom and his two adopted children Connor, 17, and Isabella, 19. But Katie Holmes never felt that the massive mansion, stuffed with bodyguards, was her home. Everyone who came through the doors was a Scientologist.
His devotion to the religion meant that he was widely regarded as “weird”. Andrew Morton unauthorized biography repeated claims that Suri was thought by some to have been conceived using the frozen sperm of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. This suggestion infuriated Tom Cruise, friends describing it as “sick, offensive and very upsetting”.
Before they met, Katie Holmes was a natural beauty, and her physical decline in the five and a half years that followed is almost shockingly obvious.