32-year-old Holmes is seeking $50 million in damages from American Media Inc., the parent company of Star Magazine. In January, the gossip tabloid printed a photo of an exhausted-looking Holmes on its cover with a headline that read: “ADDICTION NIGHTMARE – Katie DRUG SHOCKER! – The Real Reason She Can’t Leave Tom.”
Although the corresponding article did not actually say that Holmes was addicted to drugs, it did claim that she attended Scientology sessions where an “e-meter,” said to measures electrical resistance and allegedly reflects past emotional experiences, is used. Scientology’s e-meter device, according to Star “gives subjects a temporary feeling of euphoria, followed by a crash and a craving for more.”
Scientology followers believe the e-meter can detect mental trauma.
“Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale,” Holmes said in a statement. She also states that the publisher, American Media Inc., “knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines.”
If she wins, I wonder what she’ll do with the 50 million; will she donate it to charity like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did last year when they won a suit against a tabloid?
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