Katie Holmes vs. Star Magazine – the actress is suing the tab to the tune of $50 million over a recent cover insinuated she’s a drug addict.

You can poke fun at her hubby’s height or even chide her for letting her four-year-old daughter wear high heels, but call her the second coming of Charlie Sheen and there’ll be Hell to pay!

Holmes, 32, is seeking $50 million in damages from American Media Inc., the parent company of Star Magazine.

The gossip tabloid went to press in January with a photo of an exhausted-looking Holmes on the cover with the headline “ADDICTION NIGHTMARE – Katie DRUG SHOCKER! – The Real Reason She Can’t Leave Tom.” The corresponding article did not actually allege that Holmes was addicted to drugs, but claimed the wife of superstar Tom Cruise has attended Scientology sessions where an “e-meter,” said to measures electrical resistance and allegedly reflects past emotional experiences, is used.

The issue was the tabloid’s latest perspective on Holmes’ so-called “tortured life.” A month earlier, the magazine claimed Holmes was “fed-up” with her marriage and had separated from Cruise, 48. In October, it said the couple’s marriage contract had collapsed and the two were sparring over custody of their young daughter Suri.

“Star Magazine’s malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical and unlawful. Not only do they cruelly defame Katie, they play a cheap trick on the public, making ridiculously false claims on the cover unsupported by anything inside,” a rep for the former Dawson’s Creek star told TMZ.

The lawsuit was filed after American Media declined to retract at Holmes’ request.

“Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale,” Holmes said in a statement. “The publisher knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines.”

The supermarket glossy has responded to the suit news with a statement of their own.

“Star fully stands behind the editorial integrity of what we have published concerning Ms. Holmes’ controversial use of the Scientology ‘e-meter,’” the tabloid’s editors remarked in a press statement on Tuesday. “The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes. Many ex-scientologists have testified that the e-meter sessions have mood elevating effects. The cover and the inside article discuss these effects. Our attorneys look forward to deposing Ms. Holmes about her experiences with Scientology and the e-meter, and expect that the case will be promptly dismissed by the court.“

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