Tom Cruise has settled a $50million defamation lawsuit against a German media company that claimed he had “abandoned” his daughter Suri after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.
Attorneys for Cruise and Bauer Publishing Company, which publishes U.S. celebrity magazines Life & Style and InTouch Weekly, made a mutual decision to drop the case.
Each party agreed to pay their own costs and attorneys' fees, according to a document filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Cruise’s attorney, Bertram Fields, said in a statement that the media company “never intended to communicate that Tom Cruise had cut off all ties and abandoned his daughter, Suri, and regret if anyone drew that inference from anything they published.”
He added that the full terms of the settlement were confidential. Bauer has not commented on the case.
Cruise filed the suit in October 2012. The suit alleged that he was defamed, and that his privacy was invaded by the 30 July 2012 issue of Life & Style and the 1 October 2012 issue of InTouch, as well as online images of their covers, which included photos of Cruise’s daughter.
The case was scheduled to go to trial in June 2014 over claims that Cruise was unable to be present in seven-year-old Suri’s life.
In a declaration filed in federal court last month, Cruise denied that he had cut his daughter out of his life, “whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise”.
He added: “While I'm sure my daughter misses me when I am not with her (as I miss her), she is a very happy child.”
Holmes and Cruise divorced in June 2012 following six years of marriage.
In pictures: The most amazing photos of 2013
In pictures: The most amazing photos of 2013
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A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem
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North Korean girls carry firewood on their backs as they walk on the banks of Yalu River, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong
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A man carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood
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A miner carries sulfur during an annual offering ceremony on the Ijen volcano in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The ritual is performed by the sulfur miners of Mount Ijen who slaughter a goat and then bury the head in the crater of mount Ijenn. The sacrifice is performed to ward off potential disasters for the next year
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A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, as pictured from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province
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Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on board Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe off the island of Gogland 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of St. Petersburg, Russia
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Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding of Germany compete in the men's 10-meter synchro platfrom preliminary competition at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain
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Costa Rica forward Alvaro Saborio takes a shot on goal against the United States during the second half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo
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Serena Williams, of the U.S, celebrates as she defeats Russia's Maria Sharapova during the Women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris
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An overhead view of guests attending the ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral in London
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama share a dance during the Commander-In-Chief Inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington
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A Pakistani internally displaced girl Amina Bibi attends class at a school rebuilt by the Pakistani army, in Tank, the bordering town of South Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan
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A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for autumn winter 2013 in Berlin
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A Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames when a shot fired by riot police hit the petrol bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw during clashes in Sanabis, Bahrain
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A man falls from a high floor of a burning building in central Lahore. Fire erupted on the seventh floor of the LDA plaza in Lahore and quickly spread to higher floors leaving many people trapped inside the building
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An Indian street child plays in a dry river bed after flood waters receded in Allahabad
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Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte over one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area
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An Indian parrot hatching is fed by hand in Dimapur after being caught in a forest by a local hunter and offered for sale in the north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland
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A Bahraini girl is carried by her mother during the funeral of Sayed Omran Sayed Hameed in the village of Karzakkan, south of Manama. Hameed, 26, died at hospital after developing respiratory complications and his relatives claim that his death is due to the inhalation of poisonous tear gas that riot police used during a protest
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Hally Bara, an artisan in front of traditional Songhai and Tuareg headdresses and jewellery she made at the store in her house in Gao. Radical Islamist group Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) placed limitations on the wearing of traditional women's headdresses during their nine-month reign in Gao, which ended in January with the arrival of French and Malian troops