Tom Cruise Sues Publisher Over Abandoned Daughter Claim

Brandi Hitt has the latest on high-stakes legal showdown between actor and magazine.
3:00 | 02/16/13

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Tha you ll thegh-skesegal showwn bweenomruisnd th plish of "le d styl magine getng nay. Uises sug thpublher r $ milln,ver a story that he abandoned his daughter, suri, after divorcing katie holmes. Abc's brandi hitt has the story. Reporter: Keeping the tabloids away from tom cruise's personal life is a mission impossible. Your mission, should you choose to accept it -- Reporter: Now, a major battle is brewing between the hollywood heavyweight and one of the world's largest publishers, with cruise's daughter, suri, caught in the middle. During cruise's contentious divorce, "in touch" published this cover, with the headline, "abandoned by daddy." Cruise fired back, with a $50 million defamation lawsuit, against publisher, bauer media group. But bauer is now fighting back. By attempting to force him to give up personal information, including his social schedule, terms of the divorce agreement, the role the church of scientology played in his decisions, and suri cruise's mental and emotional state, following her parents' separation and divorce. If he hasn't spent much time with suri, if people feel the relationship with scientology is something that makes him feel uncomfortable. It's a lot of land mines. Reporter: In his lawsuit, cruise is demanding to know the identity of bauer's sources. Tom cruise is a public figure. He doesn't just have to show that the facts were false. He has to show that the publication knew or should have known that they were false. Reporter: Now, with the legal battle that could last a year or longer, he has to decide if this mission is impossible. Cruise's attorneys could not be reached for comment. For "good morning america," brandi hitt, abc news, los

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