In 2001, Michael Davis Sapir, the then-editor of Bold magazine, offered a $500,000 reward to anyone who could produce video evidence that actor Tom Cruise was gay. When Sapir subsequently issued a press release claiming to have such a video, Cruise filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit.
The suit was settled in November 2001, with Sapir issuing a retraction and saying it was someone else in said video. However, Sapir later claimed that while the suit was ongoing, he was investigated by Cruise and Cruise’s attorney Bert Fields, via private investigator Anthony Pellicano. Sapir claimed that during the course of his being investigated that Pellicano wiretapped his phone.
Pellicano is currently in a Texas jail on racketeering and wiretapping convictions.
But Sapir’s wiretapping case against Cruise and Fields has been dismissed, reports The Wrap. He did not file his case until 2009, which is after the statute of limitations had expired. Judge Elihu M. Berle dismissed the case on those grounds alone.
There are other arguments — that Cruise, et. al., did not hire Pellicano to investigate Sapir, that Sapir had no evidence of wiretapping, and that Sapir agreed in the 2001 settlement not to make any further claims against Cruise — but those arguments will not be heard unless Sapir appeals this ruling dismissing the case and is victorious.