Katie Holmes’ rep has confirmed to EW that the actress has filed a libel lawsuit against American Media, Inc., in Los Angeles Tuesday. The suit claims Star Magazine — owned by American Media, Inc. — defamed Holmes by suggesting she is addicted to drugs in a recent cover story. (The headline: “Katie Drug Shocker.”) Holmes filed the lawsuit after American Media, Inc., declined her request to retract the story. Says Holmes in a statement: “Of all the fabricated stories that continue to be published about me, this instance is beyond the pale. The publisher knew this outrageous story was false and printed it anyway to sell magazines.”

American Media, Inc., has issued the following comment regarding the suit: “Star fully stands behind the editorial integrity of what we have published concerning Ms. Holmes’ controversial use of the Scientology ‘e-meter.’ The physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern and we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes. Many ex-scientologists have testified that the e-meter sessions have mood elevating effects. The cover and the inside article discuss these effects. Our attorneys look forward to deposing Ms. Holmes about her experiences with Scientology and the e-meter, and expect that the case will be promptly dismissed by the court.“