Tom Cruise, daughter Suri are close, he claims
Tom Cruise maintains a close relationship with his daughter, Suri, despite his divorce from her mother and a hectic film schedule, the actor wrote in a court filing to support his defamation lawsuit against a magazine publisher.
The actor’s two-page description of his relationship with his daughter was filed Tuesday in a case against Bauer Publishing Co. The actor is suing Bauer over a pair of 2012 tabloid stories that claimed he had “abandoned” his daughter. The stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines cited Cruise’s absence from Suri’s life due to overseas film shoots.
“I have in no way cut Suri out of my life – whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise,” Cruise wrote. He said despite filming back-to-back movies in the second half of 2012, he spoke to his daughter nearly every day and got frequent updates about her from her mother, actress Katie Holmes.
Cruise’s lawyers are asking a judge to order Bauer to declare it didn’t have any sources to support its contentions about his parenting role.
Lady Gaga and manager part ways
Lady Gaga and manager Troy Carter have split just days before the pop star releases her new album, “ARTPOP.”
A source familiar with the situation confirms the two have split over creative differences. The source requested anonymity.
Carter signed Gaga in 2007 and the two have worked together since the “Poker Face” singer rose from club act to international superstar.
Ex-pitcher’s wife pleads guilty
The estranged wife of a former major league pitcher who was featured on the VH-1 show “Baseball Wives” has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and weapons charges.
Cobb County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Kim Isaza said Tuesday that 37-year-old Anna Benson pleaded guilty to being armed with a gun when she went to Kris Benson’s suburban Atlanta home July 7 and demanded $30,000 from him.
Isaza said Anna Benson was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a metal baton at the time.
Kris Benson pitched for five teams between 1999 and 2010.
A judge ordered Anna Benson to serve 15 years of probation and complete inpatient psychiatric treatment and follow-up care.
The birthday bunch
Director Mike Nichols is 82. Actress Sally Field is 67. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 65. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 64. News correspondent Maria Shriver is 58. Actress Lori Singer is 56. Rock singer Corey Glover (Living Colour) is 49. Actor Ethan Hawke is 43. Actress Thandie Newton is 41. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 41. Actress Emma Stone is 25.