Tom Cruise gave a deposition before Christmas in connection to a wiretapping case involving the actor, taking great pains to ensure that his testimony remains private.
A $5 million lawsuit in 2009 against Cruise and his lawyer, Bert Fields, accuses the duo of conspiring with private investigator Anthony Pellicano to tap phones.
Magazine editor Michael Davis Sapir is the plaintiff. In 2001, Cruise sued Sapir after the editor offered a $500,000 reward for evidence proving Cruise was gay.
Sapir claimed he received a videotape, but it was later found that there was no videotape of Tom Cruise engaging in gay activities and the suit was settled.
On December 18, Cruise gave a lengthy videotaped deposition at the Mandarin Hotel in New York for the case, but laid down strict rules before he sat down.
The actor detailed that “only one original videotape of the deposition shall be made.”
He also stated that “no copies of the videotape, or any video or audio portions thereof, may be made" and that no one else "may have access to the videotape.”
ICruise insisted that a custodian be the only person who has the original and to “safeguard and permit no one to view, audit or copy the videotape."
Even if the case goes to trial, Cruise is covering his basis. After the case has been resolved, he demanded the deposition be returned “directly” to his lawyer.
We're surprised he didn't have it written into the agreement that the deposition will self-destruct in five seconds after the case is settled. Sorry.