Via Hollywood Reporter:
Tom Cruise's lawyer is threatening to sue the National Enquirer over a cover story that claims the actor is a "monster" who "abused" wife Katie Holmes and subjected daughter Suri to a five-month stay in a "tiny, windowless room."
In a blistering letter sent July 11 by longtime Cruise attorney Bert Fields to Enquirer publisher American Media, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Fields claims the tabloid's most recent cover story is "disgraceful and lurid" and will cause the actor "hundreds of millions of dollars of professional and personal damages, for which we intend to hold American Media, and everyone who participated in the perpetuation of this scurrilous attack, jointly and severally liable."
Cruise and his Scientology religion have been the subject of intense media coverage in the wake of the Holmes divorce, which has been settled. Fields and his law firm, L.A.'s Greenberg Glusker, first threatened American Media on July 10 when an image of the forthcoming Enquirer cover story leaked. "This is the most defamatory cover the Enquirer has ever done," wrote Greenberg Glusker attorney Aaron Moss to American Media senior media counsel Cameron Stracher in an e-mail obtained by THR. "You need to stop this from coming out tomorrow..."