04.28.11

Libel Lawsuit Settled In Katie Holmes Case

Posted in Defamation of Character at 10:53 am by kevin

Actress Katie Holmes (and wife of Tom Cruise) has settled a $50 million lawsuit against Star magazine. This defamation of character lawsuit claimed Star had committed libel against Holmes by stating that she was addicted to drugs.

Star published this public apology to Holmes, “Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception and will be making a substantial donation to charity on Ms. Holmes’ behalf for any harm that we may have caused.”

Besides the apology the settlement also included a large undisclosed donation by Star to a charity of Holmes’ choice. The article by Star magazine was more about Scientology of which Holmes and Cruise participate than a direct attack on Holmes.

But, nevertheless, having Holmes on the cover in order to sell Star magazines landed the company with a rather large lawsuit for the defamation.