Celebrity Plea in Cruise-Kidman Case By People Staff Published on June 1, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email A tabloid journalist pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Monday to federal charges of eavesdropping on an angry cell-phone call between actor Tom Cruise and his wife Nicole Kidman and then selling the tape to a weekly tabloid. Eric Ford, 27, is charged with one count of intercepting a wire communication and two counts of disclosing the information. He could face a possible 15 years in prison if convicted, as each count can carry a maximum sentence of five years. Prosecutors said both Cruise and Kidman (who is now starring on Broadway) would testify at a trial. Ford is free on $10,000 bail pending trial.