Tom Cruise is suing Life & Style magazine for $50 million after the publication accused him of abandoning his six-year-old daughter Suri.
The Top Gun actor's representative Bert Fields filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles court.
Tom has admitted that he does not like filing lawsuits but the accusations the magazine made are "a vicious lie".
The magazine's July 30 issue featured a picture of Suri crying on the front cover, accompanied by the headline "Suri in tears, abandoned by her Dad."
Lawyer Bert attacked critics who said the legal battle was purely for financial benefit. He said: "Tom doesn't go round suing people. He's not a litigious guy."
He added: "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." If the actor prevails, he will give the money to charity.
Bauer Publishing, which represents the magazine, have yet to comment.
The Mission Impossible actor divorced wife and mother of Suri, Katie Holmes, this year. The couple were married for six years.
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