On Saturday, Tom Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields released the following statement:
"Tom Cruise has resisted suing the tabloids for years but has always drawn the line when it comes to lies about his family - which is solely what the current legal case is about. Headlines stating he equated his job with those in the military are demonstrably false. They are a distortion of what is provable and on the record. Certain websites have published only a part of the proceedings misleadingly selected by the defendant Bauer Publishing.
What the excerpts leave out is the part where Tom was asked the question point blank 'do you believe the situations (being in a movie and fighting a war in Afghanistan) are the same? and his immediate response was 'oh come on!' Meaning - of course not. Tom is a staunch supporter of our troops and does not feel that making a movie is even remotely comparable to fighting in Afghanistan and said so in plain English."
This was in response to a story published by TMZ.com that Cruise, who sat for a deposition in his $50 million libel suit against a magazine publisher that claimed the actor abandoned daughter Suri, equated making movies to serving in Afghanistan. His statements were taken out of context.
When asked whether being separated from his daughter while shooting movies was comparable to a service-member serving in Afghanistan, Cruise said, in the written deposition: "Oh come on. You know, we're making a movie."