Katie Holmes suing Star over drug addiction story
Star magazine is now fending off a $50 million lawsuit brought by Katie Holmes, who is suing because the cover of its Jan. 31 issue implies she's a drug addict. What difference does it make that they were actually talking about her ties to Scientology?
The magazine ran a giant slammer headline that read "Katie DRUG SHOCKER!" and made it look like she was addicted to some horrible drug, then proceeded to write about her consistent use of the Scientology device known as the e-meter. Um, that's not really a drug, guys.
"Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale," the actress said in a statement, according to the National Post. "The publisher knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines."
Astral Media, which publishes the glossy, stood by its product: "Star fully stands behind the editorial integrity of what we have published concerning Ms. Holmes' controversial use of the Scientology 'e-meter,'" they said in a statement, noting they believed the suit would be dismissed. "The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes. Many ex-scientologists have testified that the e-meter sessions have mood elevating effects."
We're not lawyers, but calling an electronic device a drug is a pretty big stretch. Well, people are pretty loony about their smartphones these days, but that's more stupidity than addiction.