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Katie Holmes sues Star for $50M for libel

Actress Katie Holmes poses on the press line at the premiere of the feature film "Tropic Thunder" in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. (Dan Steinberg)

March 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Actress Katie Holmes is suing Star Magazine for libel.

Holmes filed a $50 million lawsuit against American Media Incorporated, which publishes Star over a magazine cover that insinuated she was a drug addict.

Her attorney says the headline that read "Katie DRUG SHOCKER!" was untrue, unethical, unlawful and not supported by the actual story inside the magazine.

The cover featured a disheveled picture of Holmes, and the story itself claimed she was "trapped in a cycle of addictive treatments," based on interviews with former Scientology members.

Holmes says Star knew the story was false and published it to sell magazines.

In a statement, Star said it is standing by its story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.