Katie Holmes has apparently had it with tabloids making up stuff about her. She’s suing American Media, publisher of Star Magazine, over the below cover, which promised a “Drug Shocker” about Holmes inside.
The actress wants $50 million.
The magazine hit newsstands in late January and didn’t make much of a splash — it’s not like Holmes’s potential drug addiction was suddenly being mused about across the Internet and on cable TV.
Perhaps that’s because it turned out Star‘s story wasn’t accusing Katie of being addicted to coke or Oxycontin. Instead, “drug” turned out to be a newsstand euphemism for the Scientology e-meter, which experts describe as a device used to measure and adjust a person’s resistance and conductance of electricity.
The Star story alleged that Katie is hooked on using this device — and quoted ex-Scientology members on the harmful effects of the e-meter. And the magazine is standing by its story and gearing up for a fight.
That means Katie’s personal Scientology philosophy and habits could be dragged into court — a bad idea, since the Holmes-Cruise household is still figuring out how to handle the claims in The New Yorker‘s Scientology takedown.
If Holmes wants to stay outside the arena of burgeoning Scientology disdain — for whatever reason, public scrutiny hasn’t been turned on her as much as it has on her husband — she’d be wise to withdraw the suit.
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