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Star magazine apologizes to Katie Holmes, settles defamation lawsuit on 'drug' headlines

LOS ANGELES — Katie Holmes has settled her lawsuit with the publishers of Star magazine over a cover story that insinuated she was a drug addict.

The magazine published an apology to the actress Tuesday on the cover and inside its May 9 issue, saying it "did not intend to suggest that Ms. Holmes was a drug addict or was undergoing treatment for drug addiction."

"In a recent issue of Star, we published headlines about Katie Holmes that could be read to suggest that she was addicted to drugs," the apology read. "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."

Holmes' publicist, Ina Treciokas, said that American Media Inc. gave a sizable donation to Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization that brings dance to underprivileged children.

Holmes, who grew up in Toledo, sued the publishers last month for a January magazine cover with a headline that read "Katie DRUG SHOCKER!" At the time, the magazine stood by its story and said it expected the case to be dismissed.

Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Holmes had been seeking more than $50 million in damages.

The 32-year-old actress said she accepts the apology and was pleased the lawsuit has been resolved.

"With this dispute out of the way, I look forward to once again focusing my attention on my family and career," she said.

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