Actor Tom Cruise scored a major legal victory on Monday when a Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed against the actor involving a descredited private detective.
Judge Elihu Berle ruled in favor of Cruise’s motion for a summary judgment against former Bold magazine Editor Michael Davis Sapir, who alleged the celebrity and his attorney Bert Fields hired high-profile Hollywood detective Anthony Pellicano to investigate him in a 2009 suit.
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Pellicano was convicted of racketeering and wiretapping celebrities a while back. He is now serving 15 years in prison.
In the recent ruling, Judge Berle determined that the statute of limitations prohibited Sapir's suit from proceeding.
Berle determined that Sapir should have investigated the Pellicano link in 2003, when he was sentenced to 30 months in prison. However, it took Sapir until 2009 to file the suit.
Sapir and Cruise have had issues for years. Years ago, the magazine editor offered a $500,000 reward for evidence that the actor was gay. Bold magazine said editors had video proof that Cruise was involved in a homosexual relationship.
Cruise responded in June 2001 by filing a $100 million defamation lawsuit over the alleged video. By the following November, the case was settled for an undisclosed amount, and Bold admitted that the actor was not on any videotape in the magazine’s possession.
In the now-dismissed lawsuit, Sapir alleged the wiretapping took place because of the claims that he had a gay relationship with another man. The suit also alleged that Pellicano tapped phone conversations between Sapir and his attorney in regard to the actor’s defamation lawsuit.
Sapir's attorneys said they had evidence from Pellicano's offices bearing the label “Michael Davis matter,” and a computer file designated “Bold.” Sapir also claimed in the suit that Pellicano recorded conversations between Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman during their divorce.
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