Tom Cruise lawsuit could make private public

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LOS ANGELES — It can be true in medicine and Tom Cruise may find it’s true in law: Sometimes, the cure is worse than the disease.

The “Top Gun” and “Mission: Impossible” star filed a $50-million defamation lawsuit Wednesday against the publishers of Life & Style Weekly and In Touch magazines for twice alleging the actor had “abandoned” his daughter Suri.

But as people familiar with litigation know, Cruise runs the risk of turning his private life into a very open book. To prove that the tabloid’s allegations were false and defamatory, Cruise may have to answer any number of questions, under oath, about himself and his parenting.

He might even be asked about his past relationship with ex-wife Nicole Kidman and the children from that marriage, as well as his religious beliefs, according to libel and defamation lawyers not involved in the case.

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