Tom Cruise braces for fight in Life & Style libel lawsuit
Tom Cruise's lawsuit against Bauer Media Group, which publishes Life & Style magazine, is getting ugly in the discovery phase, mostly because Bauer really wants to prove Cruise abandoned his daughter Suri in the wake of his divorce from Katie Holmes. Seems finding out the facts is something Life & Style really takes seriously when they’re being sued for $50 million.
The Hollywood Reporter says Bauer wants to know how often Cruise saw Suri after the split, what his visitation schedule is like, how much Scientology affected the divorce agreement, Suri’s mental state following the divorce and Cruise's past reputation for suing people. That last part was because Cruise lawyer Bert Fields said Tom was "not a litigious guy." They also want to depose another Cruise lawyer, Aaron Moss.
Tom, meanwhile, wants to know the magazine's sources, Bauer Media Group editorial policies and history of paying sources, how they cover Cruise and his family and whether they have a history of bigotry toward minority religious groups, likely referring to Scientologists. If there’s no settlement in the trial, the nonexpert discovery phase could last until Oct. 13, THR says, and dispositions are due a year from now. That's plenty of time for Life & Style to dig up a whole bunch of new dirt!