Tony Ortega is executive editor of TheLipTV and is formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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‘Miss Lovely’ in London: Paulette Cooper writes another chapter in her amazing story

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On Saturday, Paulette Cooper met a man named Peter de Hoo for the first time. Her husband Paul captured the moment in this photograph. For those of you who have read our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, you may already know what a significant meeting this is.

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Louisiana congressman posts Narconon pic, then yanks it after we point out Scientology link

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Scientology and its front groups work very hard to ensnare unsuspecting local officials for photo opportunities. We see a lot of local law enforcement officers, city council members, and even some state representatives get corralled for Scientology PR. But it’s really something when Scientology manages to snag a state attorney general or a member of the US Congress for some gladhanding.

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WOW: California judge orders trial to determine if Scientology drugged incoming rehab patients

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[Judge Edward Chen | Photo: Hillary Jones-Mixon]

On April 1, we told you about a class-action lawsuit that had been filed against several of Scientology’s drug rehab companies in California. A judge has now ruled against Scientology in the lawsuit’s preliminary matters and has called for a trial that should put explosive evidence in a courtroom — that Scientology’s Narconon centers get new patients high on whatever they’re addicted to before they can be admitted.

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¡Ay, caramba! Nancy Cartwright has a whale of a time in Mexico to raise money for Scientology

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Back on August 12, we shared with you a rather bizarre video of Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright telling Scientologists in Mexico City that she was coming to town to help with an Ideal Org fundraiser.

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So much for tabloid rumors: Tom Cruise visits Scientology’s ‘Ideal Org’ while he’s in Bogotá

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Tom Cruise has been in the South American country of Colombia shooting scenes for his next movie, Mena, and on Tuesday he went to the capital city of Bogotá and dropped in at the Scientology “Ideal Org” there, which had its grand opening just a few weeks ago.

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What lengths would a Scientology ‘registrar’ go to pry $3,000 out of a 13-year-old?

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Aaron Smith-Levin is back with another interesting video, this time featuring his own stories from growing up in Scientology.

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Stop worrying about ISIS and Syria and Iraq — Scientology’s got this, people

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What a great time we had last night in Boston. Another full room and a rapt audience who threw us interesting questions. We’ll pull together some photos and an anecdote or two later. For now, we want to thank Karen de la Carriere for sending us something interesting from the new issue of Scientology’s Planetary Dissemination magazine, which she just received.

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Tonight, it’s Boston! And that has us thinking about Beantown’s connections to ‘Miss Lovely’

HongKongHey, we’re in Boston tonight for the resumption of our tour. While Paulette Cooper is cruising to London, we’ll be near Harvard Square talking about the book we wrote about her. (We’re hoping to reunite with Paulette for another joint appearance this fall.)

Our appearance tonight has us thinking about a couple of mentions of Boston in our book.

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Chill EB joins the Sea Org — well, long enough to wish a happy birthday!

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Our thanks to the tipster who found this little gem. Scientology’s in-house hip hop ambassador, Norman Berry a/k/a Chill EB, makes a Sea Org member’s day by showing up, with singer Stacy Francis, to wish her a happy birthday.

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A revealing look inside the warped ‘kingdom’ of Scientology leader David Miscavige

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 Frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine is back with another fun dive into Scientology’s own publications and documents to show us what Scientology promises, and what it actually delivers…

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