Tom Cruise's powerhouse lawyer has taken at a swipe at Katie Holmes, accusing her and her legal team of 'playing the media.'
While Cruise, 50, has kept silent save for the statement he issued immediately after Katie made her announcement, his lawyer Bert Fields spoke to the BBC yesterday about the impending battle between the couple and their fight for custody of Suri, six.
And in a thinly veiled attack on the former Dawson's Creek actress, he said: 'We are letting ‘the other side’ (Katie and her team), play the media until they wear everyone out and then we’ll have something to say.'
He added: 'Tactically we can’t say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he’ll be seeking joint custody of Suri.'
Bert Fields seen right in1993, is best known for representing Michael Jackson and Kevin Costner
It was certainly an unprecedented broadside intended to draw sympathy away from the actor's estranged wife, and all the more notable as Tom, who celebrated turning 50 this week is notoriously private.
Fields, who spoke to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, would not be drawn on specific details of the divorce - but did use his opportunity to express that his client was 'really sad about what's happening'.
He added: 'It’s not Tom’s style to do this publicly. He is really sad about what’s happening.'
It is believed Katie wants legal custody because she is worried about Tom's devotion to sci-fi cult Scientology and the effect the quasi-religious sect may have on their six-year-old daughter.
However a source told TMZ: '[Katie] was totally committed to Scientology. She had enthusiasm for it and would voluntarily and gladly participate in it when Tom was off shooting movies.
'This is not a fight over religion. It's being used as a way to hurt Tom.'
The now warring spouses are not speaking, but Tom is reportedly calling Suri 'several times a day'.