Tom Cruise has remained conspicuously silent throughout the pandemonium surrounding his impending divorce from Katie Holmes, who filed last week.
According to reports, that is 100 percent by design.
The star's lawyer, Bert Fields, says Tom is planning to file as well, but has opted to let his estranged ex "play the media" before making any legal move.
"Tactically we can't say where Tom will file for divorce and if he'll be seeking joint custody of Suri," Fields said, adding, "We are letting 'the other side' play the media until they wear everyone out and then we'll have something to say."
Although it appears a contentious battle over custody for 6-year-old Suri looms ahead, Fields reiterated that Tom is disheartened by the turn of events.
"It's not Tom's style to do this publicly," Fields said, alluding to the Scientology rumors from Katie sources and Tom's reported attempts at reconciliation.
"He is really, really sad about what's happening."
Holmes, 33, filed for divorce June 28 in New York City and is seeking sole custody of Suri. Speculation has been mounting that Cruise is planning to file a counter divorce case in California and seek joint custody, but as of yet, he has not.
The opening salvo comes July 17, when Holmes' camp is set to appear in front of a family court judge in NYC, presumably to request a speedy temporary order granting her sole custody before Cruise's legal team has a chance to respond.
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