Cruise Wins $10 Million in Gay Lawsuit
Tom Cruise has won a $10 million default judgment in his case against a gay porn actor who claimed to a French magazine that he had an affair with the star that led Cruise to leave Nicole Kidman.
A Los Angeles judge entered the default judgment after Chad Slater -- a former "erotic wrestler" also known as Kyle Bradford -- admitted that his story was false, lawyer Ricardo Cestero tells Reuters, adding that Cruise, 40, was "very, very pleased with getting this judgment."
The decision was actually handed down in late December but not divulged publicly until Wednesday. It marks the second time that the "Minority Report" star has triumphed in legal battles to quash rumors that he is gay.
"He is very concerned and very protective about his personal reputation," Cestero says.
In 2001, Cruise sued Los Angeles-based publisher Michael Davis for $100 million after Davis claimed to have a videotape of Cruise engaged in homosexual acts. The suit was later dropped after Davis retracted his claim and stated that Cruise "is not, and never has been, homosexual and has never had a homosexual affair."
Meanwhile, Cruise originally had succeeded in suing Slater over the false allegations, but subsequently requested this latest judgment when Slater defaulted on the suit last year.
Slater was not available for comment. It is not clear whether Cruise will demand that Slater ante up any part of the judgment fee, which Cruise has said he would donate to charity.