June 21, 2005 12:30 PM

Despite a war of words between Tom Cruise and the pranksters who squirted him with water at the London premiere of his movie War of the Worlds, the actor won’t be taking legal action against the “bullies,” as the star calls them.

“He’s not pressing charges. These guys aren’t worth the time or energy,” Cruise’s sister and publicist Lee Anne DeVette told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday.

That same day, at a Madrid press conference for his movie, Cruise said of the prank: “You can’t be prepared for something like that. I’m a Scientologist. When things like that happen I have no hesitation in confronting it. … There are bullies, people who like to make people feel less and feel bad. Those people need to be confronted. In my life I have never felt something like that is funny.”

At Sunday night’s premiere, four people from a show called Balls of Steel for Britain’s Channel 4 were arrested after getting Cruise wet. They were later released on police bail, and may still face charges from the authorities.

Cruise, who recently got engaged to Katie Holmes, was squirted with water from a fake microphone while talking on the red carpet. “That’s incredibly rude,” Cruise snapped to the fake interviewer. “I’m here giving you an interview, answering your questions and you do something really nasty … you’re a jerk … jerk … you’re a jerk.”

A Channel 4 spokesman later said: “The water squirting was not intended to cause offense and was very much in a spirit of fun. We hope Tom Cruise will be able to see the joke in the spirit with which it was intended.”

The BBC reports that Channel 4 does not plan to air the incident on Balls of Steel, while other British news sources say Sharon Osbourne was ready to hop on Cruise’s legal bandwagon.

Three weeks before Cruise was spritzed, Osbourne got it in the kisser for the same TV show. Only Osbourne didn’t just curse the guy – she filled a champagne bucket from a restaurant and tossed it over his head.

“I was really mortified that one adult could do that to another. I was totally stunned,” Osbourne told reporters. She had also offered Cruise’s lawyers the paperwork from her incident.

“I was really mortified that one adult could do that to another. I was totally stunned,” Osbourne told reporters. She’s also offered Tom Cruise’s lawyers the paperwork from her incident.

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