It used to be pointless to sue the gossip rags, at least here in the United States. (In Britain, Germany and other countries with stricter libel laws, the tabloids tend to be tighter about their truthiness.) But the Los Angeles Times reports that Katie Holmes just pulled off a shocker of a victory over the Star, after getting the tab's attention with a threatened $50 million lawsuit contesting the veracity of a cover story suggesting that Tom Cruise's wife was an active drug addict. The article ran under the tastefully subdued headline, "Addiction Nightmare: Katie DRUG SHOCKER! The Real Reason She Can't Leave Tom!"
As it turned out, the Star's story wasn’t about Holmes's addiction at all—instead it discussed the alleged “addiction” potential of Scientology's “e-meters,” the mysterious devices that the Church uses during auditing sessions to determine if its member are free of evil spirits or nagging past lives. Soon after the story appeared, Holmes’ lawyer blasted the Star's article as “a cheap trick on the public,” and threatened to fine the beleaguered tabloid for $50 million. Originally, the Star talked tough, issuing a statement saying, “We plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes." But days later the the tabloid seemed to have a change of heart. Yesterday, the Star issued an apology slated to appear in its May 9th edition. "In a recent issue of Star, we published headlines about Katie Holmes that could be read to suggest that she was addicted to drugs,” the statement says. “Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception and will be making a substantial donation to charity on Ms. Holmes' behalf for any harm that we may have caused."
Holmes's publicist Ina Trechiokis said the Star's parent company, AMI, would be soon making a substantial contribution to the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a charity that helps "underprivileged dancers realize their dreams."