Tom Cruise's lawyer has reportedly threatened the parent company of the US' National Enquirer with a multi-million-dollar lawsuit over a new issue asserting it has details of the actor's recent split with wife Katie Holmes.
A letter from Cruise's Los Angeles lawyer, Bert Fields, was posted on The Hollywood Reporter's website yesterday, in which he blasts American Media Inc, parent company of the Enquirer, for what he calls "false and vicious lies" he says will cause "hundreds of millions of dollars" in damages to Cruise.
"As you were notified in advance, your current issue of National Enquirer makes numerous false and defamatory assertions about our client Tom Cruise," the three-page letter begins.
The letter draws attention to disparaging descriptions of Cruise in the Enquirer's issue that hit newsstands in the US yesterday, with Fields writing, "These are all lies - vicious, hurtful, damaging lies."
Cruise and Holmes have been the subject of hundreds of headlines worldwide since she filed for divorce from the Mission: Impossible star two weeks ago, seeking sole custody of their six-year-old daughter, *Suri *.
Just 11 days after Holmes announced her decision to split, the couple agreed to a divorce and custody arrangement, but details were undisclosed.
Both have remained publicly silent about the issue, except for one joint statement in which they said they were working together to settle their differences in the best interest of Suri.
Speculation about a reason for the split has centred on Cruise's involvement in the Church of Scientology, but that has never been confirmed by either the couple or their representatives.
Yesterday Us Magazine joined the rumour mill by speculating Holmes reached out to *Nicole Kidman *for support as she planned her divorce.
"They've spoken over the last few weeks. Nicole has been supportive, saying she's been through it too and to hang in there," a source allegedly told the magazine.
"Nicole offered her support and help. She has been a private friend not many people know about."