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Tom Cruise has given a guarded testimony just before Christmas in a wiretapping case involving the actor, it has been reported.
The incident stems from a $5 million lawsuit filed in 2009 by magazine editor Michael Davis Sapir who alleged that Cruise and his attorney, Bert Fields, had conspired with a private investigator called Anthony Pellicano to tap his phones
Cruise had previously sued Sapir in 2001 after the magazine editor put out a half million dollar reward for anyone to offer him firm evidence that Cruise was a homosexual.
Sapir went on to claim that he had been provided with a videotape proving Cruise was gay, however, it was later established that no such tape existed. Sapir settled with Cruise in that instance.
However, according to Radar Online, the Hollywood actor recently gave a long videotaped testimony at the Mandarin Hotel in New York on Dec. 18.
The celebrity news site claims that Cruise laid down strict rules before he subjected himself to questioning, to ensure that what he said would not be leaked to the public.
The site also claims that Cruise ensured that only "one original videotape of the disposition shall be made." He allegedly added that "no copies of the videotape, or any video or audio portions thereof, may be made and no one other than the counsel for the Parties and the Custodian, as defined below, may have access to the videotape."
A sole custodian has allegedly been put in charge of the taped testimony and he is prohibited from showing it or copying the tape unless the court orders him to do so.
Furthermore, Radar Online reports Cruise demanded in papers: "Counsel for Plaintiff, Johnson & Johnson, shall take custody of the videotape and shall maintain and make use of same (including adaptations) through the conclusion of trial; provided, however, that Plaintiff Sapir shall not be permitted to view, use or access the videotape (or any adaptation made there from) at any time prior to trial and, during trial, Sapir's access to the videotape will be limited to viewing the videotape during open court proceedings."