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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Paulette Cooper at 75: Still unbreakable, and still Miss Lovely

 
We had dinner with Paulette Cooper in Manhattan a few weeks ago, and it felt once again like we could never keep up with her. The woman has so many things going on, we don’t know how she keeps track of it all.

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The Rathbuns hire a lawyer, and Ray Jeffrey answers questions about his legal salvo

[San Antonio attorney Rich Reynolds]

We spoke to Ray Jeffrey yesterday about the petition he filed on July 5 along with Elliott Cappuccio and Marc Wiegand, asking the Bexar County District Court to order that their former clients, Mark “Marty” Rathbun and Monique Rathbun, sit for depositions and turn over financial records.

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RAY JEFFREY TO JUDGE: ORDER RATHBUNS TO TURN OVER FINANCIAL RECORDS AND TESTIFY

[Attorney Ray Jeffrey; Marty and Monique Rathbun]

One of our court watchers in Texas stumbled on a stunning document: On July 5, Monique Rathbun’s former attorneys filed a petition in a San Antonio court, asking for an order to compel their former clients, Monique and Mark “Marty” Rathbun, to submit to depositions and turn over detailed financial records. The attorneys — Ray Jeffrey, Elliott Cappuccio, and Marc Wiegand — requested a July 25 hearing, but court records show it’s been set for August 29. We’ve put in a call to Jeffrey to find out more.

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Scientology shifting front group strategy — it’s all about kids, kids, kids

 
Rod Keller keeps a close watch on Scientology’s numerous front groups, and today he tells us about a new group emerging…

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Janis Grady’s new book on life in Scientology: Jon Atack’s take, and an excerpt

 
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. For more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. Today, he’s introducing a new book he wants you to be aware of.

 
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As Leah Remini’s second season approaches, more Scientology survivors are opening up

[Anne at 17 and the “Founding” Church of Scientology in Washington DC]

You probably heard yesterday that A&E’s remarkable series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, will return for season two on August 15 at 9 pm. We were just with Leah Remini and Mike Rinder a few days ago, and we can tell you that they are working at a furious rate to get episodes shot. These people are working very, very hard.

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Tommy Davis’s Hollywood experiment is apparently over as he moves to Splitsville

[Tommy Davis and Jessica Feshbach in better days]

We heard from a tipster several months ago that things were changing in a big way for former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, but we had a hard time confirming it. At one point we even put out a public request for help, but to no avail. Now, however, it turns out that our anonymous helper was correct, and we can comment on a couple of changes in Tommy’s life.

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VIDEO: ‘Scientology Kills’ protest at Dublin concert enrages Jive Aces musician

[John McGhee brooks no jive]

We spent a full day yesterday on a project we hope to tell you about soon. We just have time to post a video sent to us from John McGhee, who had an interesting encounter this week in Dublin.

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Our man in Ireland ponders Scientology’s big plans for the Emerald Isle

[Scientology’s latest acquisition in Ireland]

What is going on in Ireland? Scientology was practically finished off there, and maybe because some of us pointed that out David Miscavige suddenly started a new set of initiatives there that seem completely superfluous. We thought we’d ask our man on Ireland’s west coast, Pete Griffiths, for his thoughts on what’s been happening lately on the Emerald Isle.

 
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New book peels back the cover on Scientology celebs and their legendary acting coach

[Allen Barton, Jenna Elfman, and Milton Katselas]

We’ve mentioned Allen Barton, proprietor of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, numerous times here at the Bunker and at the Village Voice. Most recently, for his play Disconnection, which we heard great things about from some of our readers who attended performances in Los Angeles.

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