Star apologizes to Katie Holmes over drug allegations
Despite saying they stood behind an overly suggestive story that implied Katie Holmes had a drug problem, the publishers of Star have relented and published an apology to the actress as part of an out-of-court settlement. Maybe her lawsuit seeking $50 million helped move that along.
The Jan. 31 issue ran with the headline "ADDICTION NIGHTMARE: Katie DRUG SHOCKER!", but failed to mention that the article was really about her use of a Scientology E-meter, which, last we checked, was not a narcotic of any kind. Because publisher American Media likely realized they had a real loser case on their hands, they've put the following apology in the May 9 issue:
"In a recent issue of Star, we published headlines about Katie Holmes that could be read to suggest that she was addicted to drugs. Star did not intend to suggest that Ms. Holmes was a drug addict or was undergoing treatment for a drug addiction. Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception and will be making a substantial donation to charity on Ms. Holmes' behalf for any harm that we may have caused."
The charity in question is the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which helps poor youngsters pay for dance lessons, Reuters notes. Or, as Star calls them, MMA training sessions.