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Tom Cruise $50m lawsuit: Publisher stands by Suri 'abandonment' claims

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Publishers facing a defamation lawsuit launched by Tom Cruise have asserted that their claims are "substantially true".

Cruise launched the $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing Co. over an article written in a recent issue of one of the company's properties, Life & Style.

Tom Cruise, with daughter Suri runs a gauntlet of photographers in New York City - July 17, 2012

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The article, printed in October, alleged that Cruise abandoned daughter Suri after his divorce from Katie Holmes in June.

His lawyer Bert Fields refuted the claims, saying: "Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri. She's a vital part of his life and always will be. To say he has 'abandoned' her is a vicious lie. To say it in lurid headlines with a tearful picture of Suri is reprehensible."

Since the couple's split, Cruise has been seen on several occasions with his 6-year-old daughter - the pair went to Disney World at the end of July, they spent the Thanksgiving holiday together in London, and plan to spend Christmas together as well.

Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise go to Disney World together

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However, executives at Bauer Publishing have defended the article, insisting that the claims made were based on the truth, reports TheWrap.

In court documents, Bauer Publishing stated that "some or all of the allegedly defamatory statements complained of by the plaintiff are true or substantially true".

It added that Cruise "cannot prove that he has suffered any compensable damage as a result of any actionable statement published by the Bauer Defendants".

Cruise's attorney said in a statement: "The Bauer magazines said that Tom 'abandoned' his child. That is unequivocally false, malicious and libellous. They should be ashamed of themselves."

Should he win the case, Cruise reportedly intends to donate the money from his win to charity.

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