Cruise drops $50M defamation lawsuit

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  • LOS ANGELES — Actor Tom Cruise on Friday dropped a $50 million defamation lawsuit against a media company that published a report saying the Hollywood star had “abandoned” his daughter, Suri, after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.

    Attorneys for Cruise and Bauer Publishing Company, which publishes U.S. celebrity magazines Life & Style and InTouch Weekly, agreed to have the lawsuit dismissed with each paying their own costs and attorneys’ fees, according to a document filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

    There was no indication in the court filing of whether there was an out-of-court settlement in the case.

    Cruise’s lawsuit, which also alleged invasion of privacy, gave a glimpse into the Mission: Impossible actor’s tightly guarded private life, including his divorce from Holmes and his Scientology religion.

    The case was scheduled to head to trial in June, 2014.

    In a declaration filed last month, Cruise, 51, denied that he had cut his 7-year-old daughter out of his life, “whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise.”