Katie Holmes sues Star for libel over 'drug shocker' cover
"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.
— 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.