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Cruise wins defamation lawsuit against gay porn star

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Misu, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    http://www.msnbc.com/news/859961.asp

    If you remember, back in 2001, Tom Cruise was rumored to have had a homosexual encounter with a gay porn star.

    Today, Tom Cruise won a 10 million dollar defamation lawsuit against the man, who admitted that he had made up the rumor. This is the second lawsuit that Cruise wins in order to quash rumors that he is gay.

    <i>In 2001, the 40-year-old actor sued Michael Davis, the Los Angeles publisher of Bold Magazine, for $100 million after Davis claimed to have a videotape of Cruise engaged in homosexual acts.
    The actor dropped the suit later that year after Davis retracted his claim and agreed to a stipulation that Cruise is not, and never has been, homosexual and has never had a homosexual affair.
    </i>

    I understand that saying things about someone that aren't true constitute defamation. However, I have never seen anyone file 2 defamation lawsuits because they were accussed of being gay.

    Is Tom Cruise just protecting his image as leading male in movies, which are his livliehood? Or is he a closet homophobe that freaks out if someone says "you're gay!"?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    I am not aa homophobe and I know many gays. But I am not, and if some swine journalists and wannabee actors publicly said I was to get attention for themselves and/or sell some rag I would sue. That sort of reputation might interfere with my ability to get ladies interested in my body, not a trivial consideration given how few are interested already.

    I could use the money, anyway.
     
  3. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    He certainly has a right to protect his image and resulting livelihood. As for whether he is a homophobe, that is probably irrelavant in the context of the suits. He is a high visibility figure and what is more amazing, imo, given the standard to prove defamation is so high for a public figure that he won in the first place. Collecting is another matter as always. That's why most suits of this type are settled before they ever reach trial.
     
  4. cdw

    cdw Ahhhh...the good life.


    Yes. And rightfully so IMO.
     
  5. HaYwIrE

    HaYwIrE Banned

    What is a closet homophobe?
     
  6. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    Well, to me, a closet homophobe is someone who says they're ok with homosexuality and gays in general, but then totally freaks out if his/her own sexuality is questioned.
     
  7. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    Or one who only hates gays and lesbians if he is in the same closet with them. :)
     
  8. Domh

    Domh Full Member

  9. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    Then you answered your own question, Misu, because this is not what Tom Cruise did. His sexuality wasn't questioned at all. It was slandered.

    People have a right to defend their identity. Our identities make us who we are, they define us. A person's sexuality is part of that identity, and when someone tries to redefine our identity, it's not phobic to want that straightened out, just like it's not heterophobic for a gay person to want to be "out of the closet" per se. It's just wanting to be known for who you actually are.
     
  10. Domh

    Domh Full Member

    So what would you do if, say, your condo neighbor from Pakistan cranked his subwoofer constantly, wouldnt turn it down no matter how many times you asked, and when finally the condo managers threaten to take it if he doesnt turn it down, he writes them a letter saying that you are a racist, and have said rude and racist things to them, and have been witnessed making racist remarks?

    Defamation? Slander? What would you do here?
     
  11. btdude

    btdude Veteran Member

  12. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    LOL! Is this happening to you, Dom?

    I despise inconsiderate neighbors...

    I would probably call the police out when he did crank it up, since it's illegal to do that and disturb others around you. I would probably video and audio the disturbance too, so when he tries to get idiotic and sue you, you can countersue him and win with a monkey for an attorney.

    This because a person's identity is being questioned. I like few things less than someone who presumes to see into my soul, and is willing to smear me in the process.
     
  13. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    There have also been stories that he cheated on his wife with Penelope Cruz and that is why he left his wife- he hasn't filed any lawsuits protecting his identity as a respectful man regarding these rumors.

    And this would be the 3rd lawsuit he has had filed, defending his sexuality - the first one he had filed back when he was still married to Kidman.

    Sexuality is an important part of a person's identity, I grant you that, but does that justify 100 million and 10 million dollar lawsuits? Richard Gere has had his sexuality questioned (and his relationship to gerbils) questioned several times, and the man hasn't filed suit. Several actors and actresses throughout hollywood have had their sexuality (and other things) questioned, without filing suit.

    I'm not saying this is a frivolous lawsuit - If my livliehood depended on portraying characters in movies as "a man's man" and "a stud", I would probably file a lawsuit as well, but not because it defamed me, rather it put my livliehood at risk. If the public doesn't perceive me to emulate the characters I play, then I'm screwed out of work.
     
  14. Coriolis

    Coriolis Bob's your uncle

    Me thinks the man doth protest too much. ;)
     
  15. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    Now that's a different question entirely than if he was a homophobe.

    I suppose it depends on how much he feels being misrepresented may damage his image as a heterosexual sex symbol.

    (Now before people start decrying his being a sex symbol, a lot of women think he is, and that's a great deal of his marketability.)

    If nothing else, I gathered from the articles that Tom Cruise didn't want to be known as a pushover when it comes to people promoting themselves at his expense. This being something that most people would want for themselves, as well.

    BTW, I'm not a Tom Cruise fan... I think he's a jackass for what he did to his beautiful wife.
     
  16. RRedline

    RRedline Veteran MMember

    Anyone who makes stufff up like this and prints it as fact should be held liable, in my opinion. However, if Tom Cruise can win suits like these, why aren't other famous people suing and collecting huge settlements? Or are they, and we just aren't hearing about them? Plenty of false things are printed everyday about famous people just to sell magazines and make money off of silly "rumors."

    I think if a video of Tom Cruise performing homosexual acts exists, it would have found its way to the Internet by now. I doubt very much that Tom Cruise is gay, but you never know. Now Keanu Reeves, on the other hand...
     
  17. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Usually it never ends up in court with the papers paying an out of court settlement. You do hear every now and then of a "celeb" beating a rag such as the Enquirer.
     
  18. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    Careful Rred... You never know what celebrity has a team of lawyers scouring the web to find rumors.... ;)
     
  19. immortal one

    immortal one 501st Geronimo

    Why just celebrities? What about the 'common folk'? Celebrities are no better than anyone else.
    $10 mil for someone saying he was gay? Freakin' absurd.
     
  20. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    On the other hand if the award was $10 they would print the lies every week for circulation.
     

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