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Katie Holmes Suing Tabloid For Defamation

Access Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Katie Holmes is fighting back after a tabloid suggested that she’s a drug addict.

“Today, Katie Holmes filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles for libel against American Media, Inc., publisher of Star Magazine. The lawsuit alleges that Ms. Holmes was defamed by the tabloid, which recently published an article falsely suggesting that she is a drug addict,” the actress’ rep said in a statement to "Access Hollywood."

“The story in Star Magazine is totally and unequivocally false,” the statement continued. “Ms. Holmes was forced to file this lawsuit to vindicate her reputation after American Media refused to retract its vicious lies about her.”

Holmes also spoke out about the recent story, calling it “outrageous.”

“Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale,” the 32-year-old actress said in a statement. “The publisher knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines.”

The actress’ lawyer, Bert Fields, also issued a statement to Access, saying, “Star Magazine’s malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical and unlawful. 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.”

In Star’s January 31 cover story, the tabloid alleged that Holmes uses an “e-meter,” which they reported gives users a “feeling of euphoria” through an electrical charge and compared it to the effects of heroin.

Star Magazine’s publisher, American Media, told "Access" that they stand behind their story.

“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,” an American Media rep said in a statement to "Access." “Many ex scientologists have testified that the e-meter sessions have mood elevating effects. The cover and the inside article discuss these effects. 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.”