Tony Ortega is a journalist who was 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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Scientology’s Celebrity Whisperer: An inside account of life in the fame-obsessed church

[Quailynn McDaniel and Jenna Elfman]

Quailynn McDaniel was exactly what Scientology was looking for. The yoga instructor was fit and pretty, and her husband worked for a major software firm.

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First look inside Tom Cruise’s Clearwater double penthouse — and Scientology is not happy!

[Clay Irwin checks out the view from the Cruise penthouse]

Yesterday, we got our first look inside Tom Cruise’s still-under-construction double penthouse atop a building in downtown Clearwater, Florida thanks to a local business owner who took an impromptu tour of the construction site and recorded it for the rest of the world to see.

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As Scientology shrinks, its leader dreams up new ways to convince followers otherwise

 
Almost a year ago, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted an explanation of what it meant when Scientology talked about one of its churches going “Saint Hill Size.”

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Louis Farrakhan: Nation of Islam will stand by Scientology as Leah Remini ‘goes in hard’

 
Thanks to tipster “Communicator I/C” for alerting us last night that Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan not only brought up Scientology during his annual “Saviours’ Day” keynote address yesterday afternoon, but he mentioned Leah Remini by name (well, almost), and seemed to question her motives for criticizing her former church.

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Disconnecting from the dead: Another employer accused of forcing Scientology is taken to court

[Paul and Chelsea Wysong]

Rod Keller takes a look at a new legal fight over an employer allegedly forcing an employee to submit to Scientology courses…

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Augustine: Why is it so hard to find a Scientologist in good standing?

Frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine was inspired by a story we did earlier this week to tackle one of the great mysteries: What, exactly, is a Scientologist?

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Scientology’s next move in forced-abortion lawsuit: Deposing defectors

[Claire and Marc Headley, Astra Woodcraft, Nora Crest]

We finally have an update for you on Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, which is nearing eight years since she filed it in 2009.

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Louis Theroux enjoys UK award for ‘My Scientology Movie’ ahead of US release

[Theroux and Dower, enjoying their win.]

We managed to catch filmmakers Louis Theroux and John Dower last night as they were celebrating their collaboration, My Scientology Movie, winning an NME Award for “Best Film.”

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Federal judge once again finds for Scientology’s nonexistent and Orwellian ‘arbitration’

[Luis Garcia and Judge James Whittemore]

On Monday, we wrote about Scientology’s obsession over whether its few remaining members are “in good standing” or not. That subject had come up in a court filing that the church made in the federal fraud lawsuit brought by a California couple, Luis and Rocio Garcia, in 2013.

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Billboard up on Sunset Blvd! Calls attention to Scientology ‘disconnection’ only blocks from HQ

 
Happy Valentine’s Day, David Miscavige!

Phil and Willie Jones have done it again, putting up a billboard calling attention to Scientology’s cruel “disconnection” policy after raising money on a crowdfunding website. (And thanks to Brett Chance for the photo of how it looks.)

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