The star’s high-powered attorney, Bert Fields, is taking issue with details from a deposition that was made public this week, in which a lawyer for the publisher says Cruise likened his career to being a combat soldier.
“The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record,” Fields said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“What Tom said, laughingly, was that sometimes, ‘That’s what it feels like.’ ”
Cruise’s legal team says the quotes made public by their opponents in the $50 million fight are only part of a much longer deposition. They also say an unreleased video made of the proceeding clearly shows that Cruise wasn’t being serious.
“As the video shows, he and the lawyer were laughing at his answer, and, when asked in the next question if the situations were comparable, Tom said, ‘Oh, come on,’ meaning of course not,” Fields continues.
The lawyer adds that the star never intended to disrespectful to the armed forces.
Says Fields: “Tom is a staunch supporter of our troops and would never say that making a movie was even remotely comparable to fighting in Afghanistan.”