Andrew Morton’s controversial biography of Tom Cruise has topped the New York Times Best Sellers List just one week after hitting US bookstores.
Tom Cruise: The Unauthorized Biography sent fans of the actor into a buying frenzy - especially Brits on holiday in the US.
The book is not for sale in the UK and Ireland so British tourists vacationing in America are reportedly buying copies to take home.
The New York Post recently claimed that tourists are helping the $23.95 [£11.97] book to fly off the shelves of Manhattan bookstores.
Readers back home can’t get hold of it because of stringent UK libel laws.
And the litigious star has threatened to file a $100 million lawsuit again Morton and publisher St Martin’s Press because of the allegations he says are not true.
Cruise’s lawyer, Bertram Fields, released a statement saying that it is “absolutely loaded with false statements.”
The biography includes allegations that Cruise is the number two person in the Church of Scientology.
Defending their position, St Martin’s Press said in a statement: “It is unfortunate that lawyers for both Mr Cruise and Scientology have felt the need to threaten us with legal action at every step of the way.
“While the book has been variously accused of being too scandalous and not scandalous enough, we believe that those who take the time to read it will find a consistently fair - and consistently fascinating - portrait of the real Tom Cruise.”
Those British tourists tempted to sell the book when they get home are warned in bold capital letters at the bottom of the back cover that it is “NOT FOR SALE IN THE UK AND IRELAND.”
By Marissa Charles, Jan 24 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy