Katie Holmes, apology shocker! Settling 'drug shocker' lawsuit, Star tabloid says it's sorry
Katie Holmes, who filed a $50-million lawsuit against Star magazine over a January cover story suggesting she was a drug addict, has settled for a high-profile apology from the tabloid and a "substantial donation" to her charity of choice.
"In a recent issue of Star, we published headlines about Katie Holmes that could be read to suggest that she was addicted to drugs," reads the apology inside the mag's May 9 edition. "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 magazine teases to the apology in a headline at the top of its May 9 cover; in January, next to a tired-looking photo of the actress, Star's cover had blared "Addiction Nightmare: Katie DRUG SHOCKER! The real reason she can't leave Tom." That turned out to refer to a story inside about the "addiction" potential in Scientologists' use of E-meters. Holmes and her husband, Tom Cruise, are well known as Scientologists.
In March, when the lawsuit was filed, Holmes' lawyer called the cover a "cheap trick on the public."
At that time, Star issued a statement asserting the "physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern" and stating "we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes."
The actress, 32, released her own statement Wednesday, saying she accepted the apology. “With this dispute out of the way, I look forward to once again focusing my attention on my family and career," she said.
The amount of American Media Inc.'s donation to the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which Holmes co-founded and which brings dance training to underprivileged kids, was not made public.
— Christie D'Zurilla
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Photo: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at "The Kennedys" miniseries premiere in Beverly Hills on March 28, 2011. Credit: John Sciulli / Getty Images.