Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have been threatening to sue tabloids over vicious stories written about them and now they are in the works to do so.
The superstar couple, who have been denying reports of an impending divorce for weeks, have filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer newspaper after it printed a story on March 12 about Anthony's supposed connections with a man on drug charges.
According to the tabloid story, Latin singer Anthony is friends with Michael Star, a man currently facing heroin possession and child pornography charges in the U.S. The publication even printed a photo of Anthony standing next to Star. The story claimed that Lopez and Anthony were "caught in a heroin scandal."
However, the couple are suing because Anthony has no connections to the man - not even as an acquaintance - and the photo was taken at a 2004 concert when Star requested a picture with the singer.
Irish lawyer Paul Tweed is asking for a "six figure settlement" for the couple. Documents were filed in a Belfast court because the First Amendment in the U.S. makes suing publications like the National Enquirer difficult.
Mr. Tweed told AP, "The First Amendment restrictions in U.S. libel law make it virtually impossible for international celebrities or other high-profile individuals to sue successfully. But with the advance of the internet, and with U.S. publications now extending their distribution network into Europe, they must subject themselves to libel laws in these jurisdictions."
The case will also be heard in London and Paris.