Mrs. Tom Cruise has filed a whopping $50 million libel lawsuit against Star for a cover story that she claims insinuated she was a druggie.
And is she pissed!
The cover blares "Addiction Nightmare—Katie Drug Shocker—The Real Reason She Can't Leave Tom" and even though the accompanying inside article doesn't explicitly mention actual drug use, Team Holmes is crying foul.
"Star magazine's malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical and unlawful," says Holmes lawyer Bert Fields (who has led many a successful litigation on behalf of Cruise). "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.
"Someone should bring a class action to get all buyers their money back."
The actual article says that Holmes has participated in Scientology auditing sessions using an e-meter. The magazine claims the device might trigger the release of "hormones that cause a pain-killing, mood-elevating effect." A Scientology member is quoted in the story comparing the e-meter to being "like a heroin addict, you want another dose."
But Holmes isn't buying it.
Her lawsuit claims that the "vicious lies about the plaintiff, designed to hype the sale of its sleazy tabloid magazine, were calculated to cause severe harm...The cover even created the false impression that, but for plaintiff's nightmare drug addiction, she would 'leave' her husband."
An AMI rep tells E! News the publishing giant hasn't been served with any papers yet, but that editors aren't backing down.
"Star fully stands behind the editorial integrity of what we have published concerning Ms Holmes' controversial use of the Scientology 'e-meter.' The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes," said the spokesperson.
"Our attorneys look forward to deposing Ms. Holmes about her experiences with Scientology and the e-meter, and expect that the case will be promptly dismissed by the court."
It is on!