A lot of the famous lawsuits on this list involve a star suing a paper for insisting that they’re too fat, or too skinny, or an alien or whatever, but some of the most interesting cases involve celebrities not wanting to be perceived as something they view as harmful to their career. For James Woods it was being a drug addict; for Jim Carrey it was being gropey; for Bret Michaels it was having the ability to be in two places at the same time. The celebrity slander cases on this list are mostly over with, but some are still pending so keep your eye on the news. You never know when a $500 million ruling is going to come down.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Daniels compared Empire star, Terrence Howard, to Sean Penn, as they've both had a few domestic disputes. Sean Penn didn't care for the comparison and filed a lawsuit against Daniels for the princely sum of $10 million.
Birthplace: California, USA
Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
Children: Dylan Frances Penn, Hopper Jack Penn
Credits: Mystic River, 21 Grams, Milk, Dogtown and Z-Boys
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In 2011, Katie Holmes settled a lawsuit against celebrity gossip rag, The Star, for $50 million. The suit was over an article that claimed that Holmes was a drug addict. The magazine issued an apology and even said that they would donate a "substantial donation" to one of Holmes's favorite non-profits.
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Model, Actor
Children: Suri Cruise
Credits: Batman Begins, Dawson's Creek, Go, Phone Booth
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In 2003, Tom Cruise won a defamation case against a gay porn actor who claimed to a French magazine that he and Cruise had had an affair that lead the dissolving of Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman. The "erotic wrestler" was told to pay a sum of $10 million.
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Children: Suri Cruise, Connor Cruise, Isabella Jane Cruise
Credits: Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men
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The next time you write a novel, make sure ScarJo isn't a character, because she'll probably sue. Case in point: in 2014 she sued French author Grégoire Delacourt for writing her into his book as a model who had multiple affairs. She said the book defamed her name, but the court disagreed and awarded her just €2,500 of the the €50,000 she asked for.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
Credits: Lost in Translation, The Avengers, The Prestige, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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After the Miss Universe pageant cut ties with Donald Trump over his remarks of Mexicans being "rapists," he fired back at them with a breach of contract and defamation complaint. The amount for which he is suing is thought to be in excess of $500 million.
Children: Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump Barron Trump
Credits: The Apprentice, Two Weeks Notice, Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump, Fox and Friends
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In 2005, Cameron Diaz sued News Group Newspapers after their paper The Sun ran a story claiming that she was seen out kissing some hunk while she was dating Justin Timberlake. Well, it turned out that the hunk was an MTV VJ buddy of hers. News Group Newspapers agreed to pay undisclosed damages to the actress and reimburse her legal costs.
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: There's Something About Mary, Shrek, Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich
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A story alleging that Russell Brand had cheated on his girlfriend in November 2013 brought the comedian and English paper The Sun to court in early 2014. The paper's publisher (Newsgroup) apologized and agreed to pay Brand's legal fees and damages, believed to have been at least five figures.
Birthplace: Grays, United Kingdom
Profession: Activist, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Author, + more
Credits: Get Him to the Greek, Arthur, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hop Hop
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When the British paper, The Daily Mail, posted a photo of Keira Knightley in an article about anorexia, the actress sued the paper for £3,000 and donated her winnings to the eating disorder charity, Beat.
Birthplace: Teddington, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Imitation Game, Pride & Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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