Tom Cruise has had enough.
A tabloid target throughout his career, the A-lister has finally fired back at two supermarket tabloids for alleging that he's a dead beat dad who abandoned daughter Suri following his divorce from Katie Holmes.
Bert Fields, the star's attorney, has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Life & Style for its July 30 cover - which screamed SURI IN TEARS, ABANDONED BY HER DAD - and against In Touch for its above headline, which makes the same assertion.
Both publications are owned by Bauer Publishing, which might at least explain their lack of originality.
"Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri," Fields tells TMZ. "She's a vital part of his life and always will be. To say he has 'abandoned' her is a vicious lie. To say it in lurid headlines with a tearful picture of Suri is reprehensible.
"Tom doesn't go around suing people. He's not a litigious guy. But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he's going to sue."
Hilariously, during the same week as the Life & Style issue in question, a pair of other tabloid stories (including In Touch!) claimed that Suri desperately wanted to move in with Cruise.
Ah, the life of celebrity gossip rags. It's disgusting, really.