LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Tom Cruise's lawyer threatened to sue the National Enquirer after the tabloid published a story claiming the actor is a "monster" who "abused" his wife Katie Holmes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields sent a letter to American Media, which publishes the tabloid, calling this week's cover story "disgraceful and lurid" and saying it will cost the actor hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, THR said.
The cover story is titled "Inside Tom's House of Horrors" and shows a picture of Cruise yelling above text that reads, "The real Tom is a monster."
"Your current issue of National Enquirer makes numerous false and defamatory assertions about our client Tom Cruise," Los Angeles-based Fields said in the letter posted on THR's website. "We intend to hold American Media, and everyone who participated in the perpetuation of this scurrilous attack, jointly and severally liable."