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Cruise sues porn actor over claims of affair

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Actor Tom Cruise filed a $100 million lawsuit Wednesday against Chad Slater, a.k.a. Kyle Bradford, an adult film actor who claims he had a homosexual affair with Cruise while he was married to Nicole Kidman.

In an article first published in the French magazine Actustar and translated and reprinted in the Spanish magazine TVyNovelas, Slater claimed that he and Cruise had a continuing affair. He also said that Kidman once walked in on the two men during a romantic encounter, just days before the famous couple announced their separation in February.

The lawsuit, filed by Cruise's attorney, Bertram Fields, charges that Slater "concocted and spread the completely false story" in order "to promote his career as an actor in pornographic films."

"There is not a germ of truth in this vicious, self-promoting story," the court papers said. "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."

This is not the first time Cruise, the star of such films as "Top Gun," "Rain Man," "Jerry Maguire" and the "Mission: Impossible" movies, has faced questions concerning his sexuality. He and Kidman won a judgment against The Star tabloid, which ran an article claiming the couple had to have a sex coach to deliver convincing love scenes for the Stanley Kubrick epic "Eyes Wide Shut."

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