Tom Cruise ordered to pay legal fees in gay libel suit

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 23 2001 12:00 AM ET

E! Online reports that a Los Angeles judge has ordered Tom Cruise to pay $27,900 in legal fees to Kristina Ann Kirstin, a woman named in Cruise's $100 million defamation suit against gay porn star Chad Slater (who performed under the name Kyle Bradford). After suing Slater for allegedly telling a French publication that Slater's affair with Cruise ended Cruise's marriage, the Jerry Maguire star expanded his suit to include Kirstin, who Cruise claims tried to sell a fake story to the National Enquirer saying her ex-husband, Slater, had left her for Cruise. Last week, however, superior court judge Aurelio Muñoz said that Cruise's testimony was contradictory--the complaint included a statement from Slater saying he didn't know Cruise, which Cruise's lawyers used to prove that Kirstin's tale was false. But Muñoz ruled that the statement would then contradict Cruise's original suit against Bradford. "Plaintiff is blowing both hot and cold in this same proceeding," reads the judge's statement. "This [declaration from Slater] is the only evidence to indicate [Kirstin] knew the story was false when she sold it. Plaintiff cannot have it both ways." Cruise's lawyers say they will fight the judicial order and will continue with their complaint against Slater, who has defaulted on the lawsuit and has said that he will file for bankruptcy if the case against him continues.