Posted Mar 02, 2011 01:33 pm CST
Actress Katie Holmes claims in a $50 million defamation lawsuit that Star Magazine suggested she was a drug addict with a headline on its January cover that wasn’t supported by the story buried on page 42.
The headline read “Addiction Nightmare. Katie Drug Shocker! ” But the inside story never asserts Holmes was using drugs, according to the suit posted by Hollywood, Esq. Instead the story says Holmes uses a device called an e-meter in Scientology sessions that has “an effect similar to heroin.” The device supposedly emits a low-level electric current that releases endorphins.
The suit was filed in Los Angeles federal court by celebrity lawyer Bert Fields, according to Reuters and the Associated Press. “Star Magazine’s malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical and unlawful,” he said in a statement. “Not only do they cruelly defame Katie, they play a cheap trick on the public, making ridiculously false claims on the cover unsupported by anything inside.”
A spokesperson for the magazine’s publisher, American Media, said the company will “vigorously defend” the lawsuit.