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Tom Cruise Sues Wrestler for Gay 'Slur'

Friday, 04 May 2001 12:00 AM

Chad Slater, a 25-year-old Britney Spears fan whose professional name is Kyle Bradford, told a French entertainment magazine that their relationship broke up Cruise's marriage to the actress Nicole Kidman.

The $100 million (£70 million) lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles superior court alleges defamation, and says Slater told Actustar that "he had a continuing homosexual relationship during Cruise's marriage and that the relationship was discovered by Cruise's wife, who ended the relationship".

Kidman, 33, says that she does not know why her husband decided three months ago to end their 10-year marriage. The couple have two adopted children, eight-year-old Isabelle and Conor, six.

"While Cruise thoroughly respects others' right to follow their own sexual preference, he is not a homosexual, had no relationship of any kind with Kyle Bradford, and does not even know him," says the lawsuit.

The claim could damage Cruise's career, the lawsuit says, because fans might boycott his movies "particularly since he tends to play parts calling for heterosexual romance and action/adventure".

The magazine, which carried the porn actor's claim that Kidman walked in on an encounter he had with Cruise, has agreed to publish a retraction, said Bert Fields, a lawyer for the Hollywood star, who has been nominated three times for an Oscar.

Slater told Actustar that they met when Cruise called him out of the blue, using the assumed name of Tom Finigham, and requested a bout in a wrestling ring: the ring was rented and the two became intimate later.

Other stars have gone to some lengths to assert their heterosexuality. Richard Gere placed an advertisement in The Times 10 years ago to say that he and his then wife, Cindy Crawford, "remain very married" - they split soon after - and Jason Donovan sued The Face when it claimed that he was gay.

Slater's story has disrupted the choreography of the Cruise-Kidman split.

Dominic Barbara, a New York divorce lawyer, said: "Right after the divorce announcement there's a story about Tom being heartbroken because Nicole left.

"The following week there's a Nicole story on how she lost the baby and Tom doesn't care.

"Remember, 60 percent of movie-ticket buyers are women, so a guy like Cruise doesn't want to turn off the woman in the Midwest. ... It's all about bankability, acceptability and morality."

Cruise, 38, is currently earning $25 million plus a share of the profits from Minority Report, which he is making with Steven Spielberg, and is said to have a fortune of more than $100 million, twice that of his wife.

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