(CBS News)-- An attorney for Tom Cruise says he has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the publishers of Life & Style magazine over articles claiming the actor has abandoned his 6-year-old daughter Suri.
Bert Fields said the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court.
"Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri," Fields said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
"Tom doesn't go around suing people," Fields added. "He's not a litigious guy. But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he's going to sue."
Fields also took aim at Life & Style's owners.
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"These serial defamers are foreign-owned companies with their global headquarters in Hamburg," he said, according to THR. "They take money from unsuspecting Americans by selling their malicious garbage. Having to pay a libel judgment may slow them down. Tom will undoubtedly give the money to charity. He always has."
An email message left for a spokeswoman for Bauer Publishing, which produces Life & Style, was not immediately returned.
Fields also threatened legal action against the National Enquirer earlier this year over its coverage of Cruise.
Cruise and Suri's mother, actress Katie Holmes, were divorced earlier this year. They had been married for six years.