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Katie Holmes sues Star for libel over 'drug shocker' cover

March 1, 2011 |  5:26 pm

Katie Holmes sues Star Magazine for libel over "drug shocker" cover Katie Holmes sued the publishers of Star magazine for $50 million in federal court on Tuesday, accusing the tabloid of implying on a January cover that she is a drug addict.

"Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale," Holmes said in a statement. Publisher American Media Inc. "knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines,"  the statement said.

The headline on the Star cover, which featured a picture of a disheveled Holmes, screamed "Addiction Nightmare: Katie DRUG SHOCKER!" and added, "The real reason she can't leave Tom."

The "addiction" alleged in the story was to Scientology's e-meter device, the use of which Star said "gives subjects a temporary feeling of euphoria, followed by a crash and a craving for more," according to Gossip Cop. Scientology followers believe the e-meter can detect mental trauma.

Holmes' lawyer called the cover a "cheap trick on the public."

Star said in a statement that it stands behind its reporting. "The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes," adding that it could not wait to depose the actress regarding the e-meter.

The lawsuit also states that the implication that Holmes wants to leave husband Cruise is untrue.

About this time last year, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt filed a claim against the British tab News of the World over a story alleging that they had split up.

Brangelina won and donated the settlement money to charity.


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— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Katie Holmes at the premiere of "The Romantics" in New York on Sept. 7.  Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.