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HOW SCIENTOLOGY COERCED A CHILD TO HAVE AN ABORTION: THE LAURA DECRESCENZO FILES

—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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Hey, Tom Cruise, Why Weren’t You the One to Raise a Stink When This Woman Went Missing?

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Dear Tom,

It’s been more than a year since our last open letter to you.

In February 2012, we suggested that it was time you started speaking publicly about Scientology again. At that time, court testimony and press reports revealed some of the shocking and degrading ways your church treats employees — some of them children — and we warned you that increasingly, your position as the celebrity symbol of Scientology would become a liability.

Boy, we were right about that.

Scientology is in even worse shape than the last time we wrote to you. Narconon — the church’s drug rehab network that you’ve so heartily endorsed in the past — is sinking into a mass of lawsuits and government investigations. Meanwhile, more Scientology defectors are bringing out stories of families ripped apart by the church’s toxic “disconnection” policies and retaliation campaigns.

And now, Leah Remini has quit. We probably don’t have to tell you why that’s going to become a huge headache for you.

You remember the stink that Leah raised at your wedding to Katie Holmes in 2006. Leah was surprised to see that your best man, Scientology leader David Miscavige, was there without his wife Shelly. And when she asked about it, Tommy Davis told her, “You don’t have the fucking rank to ask about Shelly.”

Well, if you know Leah — and we know you do, Tom — you could have predicted that she wasn’t going to take that lying down.

It turned out that several months before the wedding, Shelly had vanished. And every time Leah asked about it, no one could give her a satisfactory answer about it.

How could the wife of David Miscavige, leader of a billion-dollar worldwide organization, suddenly disappear, and stay disappeared, for years without any sort of accounting?

Leah Remini’s anger over that was one of the things that ate away at her, and led her to quit the Church of Scientology. This week, the rest of the world learned that stunning news, and we’re all anxiously waiting for Leah to talk about her defection publicly.

But we’re also wondering about you, Tom.

Why didn’t you raise a stink about Shelly Miscavige vanishing? We know you knew her very well. In 2004, after you broke up with Penelope Cruz, it was Shelly who oversaw the auditions for new girlfriends that enabled you to spend a few months dating Nazanin Boniadi in late 2004 and early 2005 — Shelly had your interests in mind, and was trying to help you hook up, man.

Our sources tell us that David Miscavige banished his wife to a super-secret compound, the CST Headquarters, near Lake Arrowhead in the mountains above L.A. in late 2005 or early 2006. He told a gathering of his top executives that as the leader of a religious organization, he couldn’t be seen to get a divorce. So instead, he put his wife away where almost no one else in Scientology, and certainly no one in the outside world, would ever see her again.

We have reason to believe she’s still there at the CST compound, being kept out of sight, and she’s most likely working with the small group of CST employees who are archiving L. Ron Hubbard’s works in a nuclear-bomb-proof underground vault. She probably has no idea that she’s the subject of news stories.

Shelly’s banishment ate away at Leah Remini, but as Tommy Davis pointed out, Leah really didn’t have the position and power to question what David Miscavige was doing.

You, on the other hand, did.

If anyone could question what Miscavige was doing, if anyone could raise a stink about Shelly’s vanishing and actually get something done about it, it was you, Tom.

So we’re left wondering: Why didn’t you?

Drop us a line, Tom. It’s time we talked.

 
 
[Photo: Shelly Miscavige several years before her disappearance, another never-before-published photo, courtesy of Claudio and Renata Lugli.]

 
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Brian Culkin on Scientology

Mark Bunker let us know last night that he was going to release the full interview he did with Brian Culkin for his upcoming documentary, Knowledge Report. This was filmed well before Culkin became a subject of much debate when he signed a declaration for the Church of Scientology that has been used to disrupt the federal fraud lawsuit filed by Luis and Rocio Garcia. Culkin has told friends he signed the statement in return for a refund of the $350,000 he gave the church during his short time as a member.

 

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 12, 2013 at 07:00

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  • sizzle8

    Shelly would have had to sign Miscavige’s tax return. Since RTC is a tax exempt organization, are the returns public?

    • pronoia

      Personal tax returns are private. See Mittens Romney,former Presidential candidate.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    CNN rings the bell…

    http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/12/leah-remini-thanks-supporters-amid-report-of-scientology-split/

    Post by: CNN’s Carolyn Sung, Jennifer Wolfe contributed to this report

    Oh, and I guess they have fact checkers, unlike New York Post
    “Remini’s separation from Scientology was first reported by Tony Ortega, a former Village Voice editor who has covered Scientology since 1995. Ortega wrote on his Scientology blog July 8 that Remini had allegedly parted ways with the organization over differences of opinion regarding management.”

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      And named Tony as breaking the Story! Very cool.

  • Persephoneo P.

    Where is Shelley you cult? FREE SHELLEY!

    • Sherbet

      Nice mug, Persephoneo. And the cup is nice, too. (See what I did?)

  • richelieu jr

    This, from the little)love ‘scientology celebrity’ site, deserves reprinting in full:

    First, certainly most of our dear readers know that Tony Ortega broke
    this story first and that the NY Post article and the dozens of other
    articles which came after he broke the story (what, a couple
    days later, right?) don’t seem to be giving credit where credit is due.
    The NY Post has a lot of nerve claiming that their article was an
    “exclusive”. NY Post is a sleazy, shameless tabloid rag — no legitimate
    source in their right mind is going to give those lowest common
    denominator bastards an “exclusive” anything. This is the kind of rag
    normal people go out of their way not to read. Tony’s story was the real
    exclusive, with access to legitimate sources. Fortunately it looks like
    at least a few major news outlets are ignoring the NY Post &
    acknowledging the original source.

    Perhaps a bit of ass-kissing after having insulted our Tony, it is still a welcome bit of truth…

    • aquaclara

      Nice!

    • 10oriocookies

      They are all just riding his coat tails. Keep up the great work Tony.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Have to disagree with you on this one. It’s apples and oranges and not a competition.

        • 10oriocookies

          Tell that to Tony. He works his ass off to get things out accurately and usually much sooner than the rest. I say that from having dealt with both (NBC, ABC, several local papers in FL, OK and Mich.) In my opinion it is a competition and Tony is winning. These big media jackoffs are just in the position to make claims to a broader audience. I guess we can agree to disagree.

    • JonathanRoberts

      Tony does not need any ass-kissing when the cult of scientology falls and it will Tony will have to beat off the interviews. Plus his books on the subject will sell for decades so this does not happen again.

      First and foremost Tony Ortega is a Journalist it is what he does best and will be remembered for in the distant future.

    • stateofcircle

      I have come to the conclusion (i think…) that the person(s) behind that blog – who reads the bunker and it’s comments – is a recently-out staffer who still has connections on the inside. It seems like the information within it is accurate and specific enough to indicate it’s validity, while being general enough to escape major scrutiny. Some of the exes who have worked or have knowledge of CCI have confirmed information they know to be true. But I still find it nearly impossible to believe someone in the Sea Org – even at the more relaxed CCI – can find the time to do this and escape detection for this long. My bet is on a young (20-28) 2nd or 3rd gen ex-staff or SOer with wealthy parents who has grown up in Scientology but still had wog friends and possibly attended a wog school due to their language and views. They grew up thinking Scientology was stupid, but had to maintain the status quo to please their parents/family/friends and continue enjoying their comfortable lifestyle. In typical rich kid fashion, they were apathetic to it all and decided or were convinced to join the SO/staff either because they didn’t want to go to college, their friends were doing it, and/or their parents made them. Because CCI is relaxed and full of 2nd/3rd gen-ers who are more or less the same, their amused contempt for Scientology only grew the more time they spent in and the more involved they became, and they view it as a joke, openly mocking it and mentally separating themselves from the true clamlievers, which, again, is possible because they most likely went to wog schools and/or had wog friends that kept them in touch with the real world.

      That is just my theory though. Whoever it is and whatever the circumstances or validity of it, I still maintain that it is awesome, hilarious, entertaining and kinda ballsy. Even if it was total bullshit, the fact that it definitely pisses off the cult and OSA is of itself worth it. I hope it’s around for awhile and I hope we get even more from them (I want to hear this Elizabeth Moss stuff they keep teasing. Enoughs enough, just spill already).

      I wonder what Tony thinks about it…

  • richelieu jr

    Wait a minute this seems too good to be true- Is it really a fact (as Google says)that Billy Sheehan plays with a group called… Wait for it!— NIACIN?

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      Yep, my friend Rachel Rausch’s step father, John Novello and her mother, Gloria Rusch the singer were in it. A wonderful musician and artist who did vocal training with many stars. Sadly Gloria passed. Stevie Wonder played at her memorial service at the Celebrity Center, which I was very honored to be able to attend.

      I used to go to The Baked Potato in Burbank with Rachel and friends to listen to them play. Very good music, jazzy.

      As I understand it, John named the band Niacin after the Hammond B3 organ that played a big part in rock music. And Vitamin B3 is also known as Niacin. That it had the connection to scientology I’m sure was a semi-private pun.

  • TonyOrtega

    Just
    as you were getting ready to dash off for a summer weekend — looks like we’re going to have a big afternoon bonus post. We’ll post as soon as it is humanly possible.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      tease! (just kidding)

    • 0tessa

      I was about to call it a night – have to wait now!

    • dbloch7986

      Tony! You are working way too hard. You’re gonna have to take a vacation.

    • Sherbet

      I already started on my weekend, up on an ocean-side balcony in Maine. I brought the trusty computer, though, just in case. And I guess “just in case” is coming to pass.

      • dbloch7986

        Tell Stephen King I said, “Hi.” And that I’m a big fan.

        • Robert Eckert

          He already knows (muwahahah)

        • Sherbet

          Will do, Derek…as he chases me off his property.

          • Captain Howdy

            See if you can find some meth. I hear it’s the only place in the North East you can find it.

            • sugarplumfairy

              Just say no!

            • Captain Howdy

              “Just say no”.. she says as she sits in the bar guzzling the most dangerous, destructive drug in the world. Pfffft!

            • sugarplumfairy

              But it doesn’t ruin your complexion..

            • Captain Howdy

              Oh yeah?

            • sugarplumfairy

              Lol.. I stand corrected..

            • Sherbet

              Oh, yeah, I’d know just where to find it. Uh-huh.

            • Captain Howdy

              Just look for somebody like this.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Looks like I’ll be reading the bunker at happy hour again..

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Wonder if Bury’s on the way to beach and most important, is there wifi?

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Nope, had to work this afternoon.
          Yeah, stop laughing…it happens sometimes.
          But I am back baby!!!!

          Edit: and heck with wifi…I got 3G almost everywhere!!!

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            hahahaha. Okay, where were you really?

      • McLovin_1982

        FWWPSSHHH…. happy hour has begun! Cheers Tony!! ;-)

      • Captain Howdy

        Happy Hour? They banned happy hour in MA. like 30 yrs ago.

        • sugarplumfairy

          Wow.. no happy hour? that makes me soooooo sad..

          • BuryTheNuts2

            unhappy?

            • sugarplumfairy

              It passed.. I’m happy again..

    • aquaclara

      I just love double-posting days.
      Seriously, though, you are long overdue for a nice vacation.
      Thanks!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        It would have to be somewhere with no wifi and the way this year is going, he’d have to train his cats to type to take over while he’s gone.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Holy Cow! (off to defrost dinner for microwave). Popcorn supply is getting low. Oh my.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Oh, how you toy…

      I bet Dicksus is relieved Tony is double posting these days… Over 700 comments on a weekday and it isn’t even 5:00 yet!

    • shasha40

      Ooooohhh, now I’m really gonna look like I don’t have a life ! * waiting patiently, about to explode *

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        This has been one outrageous week.

        • shasha40

          I am filled with July- bilation ! Another Independence Day to Celebrate !

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            I can think of several things I can Hope Tony will be serving up. You just never know these days.

            • shasha40

              That’s what makes it like Chritmas or a Birthday and it’s a present from Uncle Tony O, the Best !!

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      While we are waiting…

    • SP ‘Onage

      Yes!

    • Remy

      Looks like I picked a bad day to quit peyote

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Sighs…..here here

      • Leslie Stipe

        No vodka in my cabinet, dammit! Only cheap red wine. Oh well, one has to do what one has to do!

        • Remy

          How about sniffing rubber cement? I quit that, personally (yesterday)

          • Leslie Stipe

            Where you stopped, I shall start my friend.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              I thought we were going to hide the booze, clean up the kitchen for expected company tonight? Well, that lasted 5 minutes, ha

        • BuryTheNuts2

          There is always the gas tank!!!

          • Leslie Stipe

            Don’t tempt me. I’m vulnerable…

          • Remy

            I’ve found some biofuels are nicer to drink than cheap reds

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Ditto!

            • Remy

              Looks like I picked a bad night to quit Grand Cru French Burgandy reds

    • Leslie Stipe

      Anticipation!

  • cicely neville

    If Brian were my son I’d be snacking him upside the head. As I listen to the above video, I am overcome by a desire to yell YOU IDIOT . “We’re all flawed” yeah, but ‘flawed’ is not the same as ‘psychopath’. And can he stop saying “Know what I mean?” for 2 seconds?

    • JonathanRoberts

      Did you watch the entire hour or just bits and pieces? My entire clan is full of degrees from here to Japan yet he came across quite intelligently. From where to you draw your conclusions?

  • Sherbet

    I’m guessing TC either asked about Shelly or was given a story before he asked. A Big Being like TC would believe anything the Bigger Being said, especially when it’s for the good of the cos and the planet. DM probably said Shelly was becoming a problem for one reason or another (treason? mental instability?), and the only way to correct her would be to isolate her and assign her to rigorous retraining. Nobody in their right mind would swallow DM’s BS that Shelly was healthy and working on a church project…necessitating bringing a “date” to TC’s wedding. I imagine the Holmes family would have spent a lot of time during that wedding scratching their heads and rolling their eyes at what passed for normal behavior in the scientology crowd.

  • CommunicatorIC

    Jenna Miscavige Hill speaks on the Leah Remini situation.

    Daily Mail – EXCLUSIVE: ‘Uncle David won’t be happy – all he cares about is PR': Scientology leader David Miscavige’s outspoken niece hails Leah Remini as ‘fantastic and brave’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2362113/Scientology-leader-David-Miscaviges-outspoken-niece-hails-Leah-Remini-fantastic-brave.html

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      It’s down the thread.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Go Jenna!

  • Bella Legosi

    Has anyone noticed that the Leah story is CATCHING FIRE????? Been to at least two different sources so far, and another that also includes Lisa Presleys defection. Tried to “confront and shatter” someone who goes by “Willow” but it got erased!

    Go Tony………….Leah has made a statement, but it is very ambiguous. Hope this changes soon!

    ****Sorry if this has already been brought up. Bella got up pretty late****

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Just two? It’s approaching 400 now.

      • Bella Legosi

        like I said I just got up and came across at least 3 on the main headlines……..I am sure there is many many more……….but for this to get the main headline? Sweeeeeeeet!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          It has been a blurrrr today! And Daily Mail got an exclusive interview with Jenna Miscavige Hill about Leah. Check your popcorn supply for you dive in.!

          • Bella Legosi

            When I came on the Bunker to relate my observations I couldn’t believe that the posts were already over 700!

            Think I may have to do some trolling today. Whomever Willow is is really an idiot. Classic $ciloon “confront and shatter”, call names, accuse of lying, without actually reading SHIT! I hate when people form their “opinions” without some basic knowledge. For example, “So Leah left because someone didn’t show up for a wedding? (Liar, liar, bigot, liar, liar)” *face palm* So, apparently in the $cientology “faith” if you repeat the bullshit long enough you actually believe it!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              OOOH wait…Does willow speak really shitty English?

            • Bella Legosi

              Yup…..I have seen her handle before on other sites spewing the $cientology bullshit party lines. They can’t even be creative when they confront and shatter. It is almost like watching a double amputee roll a smoke!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Haven’t had one spare second to read comments except for one which allowed comments. We’re counting on you, Bella!

            • Bella Legosi

              lol I am trying……I wrote out a fantastic comment about shelly and regarding Willows obvious apologist stance, but it got erased when I went to sign in

            • shasha40

              What ? No tolerance for confront and shatter , no freedom of speech?

            • Bella Legosi

              Well I wrote it then signed in to one of my media accounts, when I finished the registration and went to post the page reloaded. I tried twice and both times it did the same thing!

            • shasha40

              You’ve been blackballed ! I can’t understand why people don’t love a good debate, oh, I know, They might learn something ! You definitely earned an E for effort! Commie bastards ! :-D

            • http://frankdisalleisadummy.wordpress.com/ Get Chutney Love

              That’s okay, I signed in to the LAT as Al Ombra and asked Willow where Shelly M. is.

            • Remy

              Wait – can then name Willow be re-arranged to spell “Marcabian Commander?”

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Nope….Willow is STUPID

            • Remy

              LOL

            • Bella Legosi

              K……..my second attempt is out in the interwebs somewhere. I posted a comment but it is either being moderated or just got erased!

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              No, but it is an anagram for “Wow! Ill.”

            • BuryTheNuts2

              If it who I think it is, she is not a scion…just a pathetic troll.

              I will go look…

            • Bella Legosi

              Willow23 at 2:10 PM July 12, 2013

              My son makes lots of money! If you are a Sea Org member and
              produce what you are supposed to then you can prosper. Sounds like you
              knew loafers!!!!!!!!

            • Leslie Stipe

              WTF? That’s beyond crazy. Has she been talking to my 90 yr old grandmother with dementia?

            • Remy

              That’s false, it must be a lulz troll

            • Bella Legosi

              With the internet you can never be sure

            • BuryTheNuts2

              She is cray cray and doesn’t know shit about shit.
              Wait till she gets on a Tom Cruise kick…oh my.

            • Bella Legosi
            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Wait a sec! I wonder if Tony has seen the updated blurb.

              “[Updated, July 12 2:10 p.m.: While not commenting on
              Remini specifically, representatives for the church said in an email
              Friday that the “allegations of ‘interrogations’ and ‘thought
              modification’ are absurd and pure nonsense, as are all the statements
              made about the Church’s leader, Mr. David Miscavige.”

              The church has also denounced Ortega and his blog.]”

              Does Tony get a Declare and T-shirt now? What about his evil transcribers and Bunkerettes? What about the Cats?! That’s what I wanna know!~

            • Remy

              Hey, looks like we’re all SPs!!! Yeah!

              But I’m NOT paying for any Sec Checks.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Yeah! Checks from big pharma for everybody!!!
              And glitter too!!!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Do we have to give back the frocks, though? Also, can you be double declared?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              NO way. Nobody gets my frock off!!!

            • Michael Leonard Tilse

              Ok, so… If scientology says these ex-members are ‘defrocked’, then why have I never seen my goldenrod ethics order that says I am defrocked? I’ve never even seen in all my years of scientology the word ‘defrocked’ in any of hubbards writings or other materials. It only appears in scientology’s attack dog public relations against ex-scientologists.

              I’m sure I would have remembered the ‘frocking’ course or ceremony or ritual or award. But the way the word is used we all must have been frocked sometime.

              Not having my ethics order, I guess I’m still frocked.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Well, mister, I’ve done the Special ileet ethics course, and I’d say you just have a Blank spot right after your MU.

              Okay, just messin’ with ‘ya. It’s just another Miscavige mock up. Evidently he is really into frocks. What does this mean?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I also picture him with a tiny tiara….
              NOO HONEY BOOBOO PICS!!!

            • Michael Leonard Tilse

              He likes shopping? Regardless, he must be frocked up.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              that is true happiness!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Yep, you are frocked!

            • shasha40

              Hole’s not wearing a frock and neither am I ! We’re frockless !

            • ze moo

              Frock me…..and I am fairly gruntled too…

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Have you tried starching it?

            • shasha40

              Bahaha…

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Strippers!

            • shasha40

              Doh ! We all have to earn a living !

            • Leslie Stipe

              Yep, one dollar at a time! Booty shake for the Bunker…

            • shasha40

              A dolla makes me holla ! I’ve always wanted to say that ! Hehe

            • pronoia

              Feckless strippers!

            • Remy

              I’m gonna leave that one alone:)

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Wise Remy…Wise ;-)

            • pronoia

              Don’t forget the prozac laced chocolate kisses!

            • Bella Legosi

              Nope we are just the run of the mill “basket cases”
              That quote really sounds like something OTVIII would have written!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Wait, I thought we had gotten promoted from degenerates? Oh no, that’s Marty’s judgment. It’s so hard to keep up.

            • Bella Legosi

              Really? You know what pisses me off? I leave that man alone. I leave his blog alone. I try not to talk too much shit about Indies or their movement. And Marty calls US “degenerates”?

              Still calling names and giving out labels. Maybe it is just easier for him to downtalk us so that he doesn’t have to realize we can be a nice, fun, bunch. Glad to know the Co$ mentality hasn’t completely wiped off!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I have always suspected that OTVIII is really Dan Sherman!

            • shasha40

              Isn’t that their mantra ? BS…BS… ” They can’t handle the truth” , confront and shatter, need they say more ? Lmao

            • Bella Legosi

              You forgot, “What are YOUR CRIMES!!!!” and “What is your ruin?”

            • shasha40

              Your right ! And blah, blah, blah, etc., etc., etc. Hey ,I sound just like Lrh!

          • PreferToBeAnon2

            Jenna just did People magazine! Very pretty pic of her there too. Quote: “Remini, she says, “has been viewed as being a vocal advocate for the church. But what people may not know is that sometimes church members who are in trouble due to stepping out of line, are required to display their advocacy publicly in order to prove their dedication.”http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20717044,00.html

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Thanks for this! I was just wondering earlier about those times that Leah spoke publicly about scientology if it was part of some ethics “amends” bullshit. Yeah, Jenna. Whoop!

            • pronoia

              Go Jenna! She is such a beautiful and courageous young woman.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Here are the stats for Leah today. The chart is marked in days. The other high point on the far right was the Google vs Scientology auto-correct decision.

    • pronoia

      The most interesting thing is that there has been no effort on her part to dial it back. If I were her I’d be sitting back and enjoying it, while thoughtfully figuring out the next step.

      • Bella Legosi

        Great observation! I was telling my mom out in the car about Leah and realized that if she was asking SO members if what the media reports are to, those SO could have wrote up knowlege reports on her, because even asking if it is true or not shows that she has been reading out side the “churches” approved media.

        I like that she says thank you for the support. And that is all. She kept it very vague. Since she is basically a 2nd gen it might be hard for her to come out kicking and screaming! But good for her! And WE were the ones to know it first!

        THANK YOU TONYO!

  • Remy
    • SP ‘Onage

      I commend Richard Horgan of FishbowlNY for his professional journalistic integrity by giving, TonyO credit where credit is due. I really enjoyed his article!

      “As with almost all things Scientology/media related, it started with Tony Ortega. The former Village Voice EIC, now blogging at The Underground Bunker, was first to the Leah Remini defection story ahead of the New York Post, Hollywood Reporter and countless other outlets.”

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Tony’s been getting all the credit love today in the places that count. Even New York Post came out with another article today that gives a nod to Tony, but they didn’t retract their Exclusive fib. They’re the ones looking bad today.

        • pronoia

          And it is about time too!

        • SP ‘Onage

          I haven’t read the NY Post article yet. Thanks for the heads up. :)

      • Remy

        Yes, it was a classy reference to all the hard work Tony has done with his investigative reporting over the years.

    • ze moo

      Yoooh Tony, your name is search keyword at Mediabistro…….

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Just heard a short announcement on TV on ABC Action News in Tampa Bay area about Leah Remini. I’ll bet most of the other local stations picked up on it. Bet the Friday Night Graduation at Flag (is Miscavige still in?) is going to be buzzzzzzzzzing in that hive tonight.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      God I would love to go downtown tonight…with a megaphone!!!!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Don’t Do It, BTN! (but please at least wear a disguise this time)

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Ppffftttt, why bother at this point. I am pretty sure I am in their photo albums.
          And besides, I want them to get some new pictures now that my dental work is all done.
          My Scion mug shot would look fabulous!

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Got a Leah Remini Tshirt then? bwahaha

            • Missionary Kid

              To go with her, “Where’s Shelly?” T-shirt?

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              One on the back, one on the front. But where will the picture of Jenna go I wonder?

            • Missionary Kid

              She should wear it as a mask.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              That would be downright evil. I like that.

            • Missionary Kid

              An alternative would be a Shelly mask.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Then we’ll be asking “Where’d you bury Bury?

            • Missionary Kid

              Make sure she has plenty of back-up with video cameras.

            • Leslie Stipe

              Remember Heber deserves some t-shirt real estate too.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Hats?

            • Leslie Stipe

              At this rate we’ll need an entire ensemble!

            • Missionary Kid

              A DM applique or mask for the butt.

            • Minion Gayle

              Trashcan.

  • Jeb Burton

    I thought it would take Cruise or Travolta defecting to blow up the cult. I was wrong. It was Leah.Every news outlet and gossip site is reporting the reason she is leaving the church. It is because she asked where Shelly is. And they are all crediting Tony Ortega for breaking the story. Good job Tony.

    • pronoia

      She is also the 1st John Sweeney intervewiee to blow as well — wouldn’t it be wonderful if she gave Sweeney and real interview!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Or Tony!

        • pronoia

          Both / and!

      • shasha40

        She was hard core with Sweeney ! ” Don’t disrespect my religion!” Now hopefully blown for good !

      • Minion Gayle

        I would gladly contribute to Sweeney’s plane ticket for that interview.

  • TonyOrtega

    Big story delayed. Going to Plan B with a new post in a few minutes…

    • Robert Eckert

      Because the Big story is going to get a little Bigger?

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I am going to the corner to faint!!!!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Pick us up some wine and snacks. We’re getting low here at the Bunk.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            hehe

        • Jgg2012

          Maybe you just need a touch assist.

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        Bunkerus Interruptus

        • Missionary Kid

          I used to know a guy who would say to him self out loud, “Show us how you can speak a little Latin for us.” Then he’s follow that with, “Coitus interrruptus.”

          • Mark

            Rictus sardonicus!

  • stateofcircle

    Tony get’s a shout out at Perez…this is his second post about Leah

    http://perezhilton.com/2013-07-12-tom-cruise-and-katie-holmes-wedding-may-have-been-the-start-of-leah-remini-decision-to-leave-scientology

    excerpt:

    “But what many want to know now is why Tom Cruise, who DOES carry enough power in the Church to question Miscavige about his wife’s whereabouts, remains SILENT on the issue??? Where is Shelly Miscavige and why hasn’t she been seen in over 7 seven years???
    Leah’s defection from Scientology has triggered many to wonder just how much longer Cruise and other Hollywood heavy hitters can keep quiet on these controversies”

    • Mark

      I like the way she’s filed it under “icky icky poo”. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but her heart’s in the right place.

      • stateofcircle

        *he

        • Robert Eckert

          Maybe Mark had Perez confused with Paris Hilton?

    • pronoia

      I remember seeing a youtube of Leah being interviewed by Perez. Very very funny. And probably hugely out-ethics, but she did it anyway. (Scientology was not mentioned)

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Here is a fun angle from Hollyscoop: “20 Stars Who Left Scientology.” http://www.hollyscoop.com/galleries/20-stars-who-left-scientology/2033541

  • Leslie Stipe

    New post up!

    • SP ‘Onage

      Hell yeah! Thanks!

  • Remy

    Tony,

    I think your old comment record was 1100.

    Last time we were approaching it you posted a new article, so we didn’t crush the record.
    This time we are approaching it, and you are about to post a new article.

    IF you don’t quit being so PROLIFIC, we in the comment section will be hard pressed to smash our names in to history!

    920 so far, 180 to go:)

    • Robert Eckert

      Live blogging far exceeded the 1000 mark at the writer’s award shindig.

      • Remy

        I didn’t think it was above 1100, I’ll double check

      • BuryTheNuts2

        And I fell out early…Just imagine if I hadn’t passed out!!!

    • Missionary Kid

      With the second posting, there’s already 336, and with 936 here, that’s 1272, and the day isn’t finished, by far.

    • Show Me an Fn Clear

      Interest is Growing

  • J.W.

    He’s not reading.

  • Eivol Ekdal

    $cientology…tastes like (horrible) Chicken!

    • Jgg2012

      and it costs more.

  • Vistaril

    Fifteen more comments until 1,000 . . . just saying ; )

    • Jgg2012

      less than that now

  • j238

    How about a twitter campaign #tomcruise #wheresshelley ?

  • Jgg2012

    Let’s take a poll to see who leaves next. Priscilla Presley? Beck? Sofia Milos?

  • Dianne Schuch

    Dearest Tom, I was one of your tried and true groupies. I was a young girl when you started your career and i loved everything about you, I went to all your movies…until the Brooke Sheilds debacle AND YOUR BEHAVIOR BECAME INDICATIVE OF SOMETHING FAR MORE SINISTER HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE. I blamed you for your behavior and have been part of the Cruise blasters ever since, until today. When I read and watched how the new leader Michael Miscavige actually preyed upon you as a limelight he could shine on himself, we watched one scheming man make another beloved man into a pawn. I felt awkward for my not being part of your fan base that would care enough to stop you in any way fashionable, or possible i should say. I watched a video with embarrassment this time, not with tongue in cheek like I may have before, as you were solemnly saluted by Miscavige as he hung ribbons representing ‘the next highest honor next to DM himself. You were serious and stood erect and strong as you took the seriousness of what this award meant to you, while Miscavige saluted back, with a grimace, knowing he was pulling in a big one. You honestly do not know. You really don’t. well..maybe you do, but are afraid to lose face. Do you know how powerful you could be if you stood up on one of those podiums today next to David Miscavige and actually said ‘this is wrong and I am here to tell you why’. Your name would be immediately back up in lights. So if for no other reason, why not for fame?

  • mary

    Great letter, Tony. I’m afraid it’s become very clear that Tom is no different than Mr. Evil Himself. No one could be THAT stupid to no know what this terrible man was up to and all the abuse he caused everyone in his organization. I am sick to my stomach that he is not in prison for life—-and that this “agency” is still even operating!!

  • Doug Parent

    I don’t think any of us will ever see Tom Cruise pull his head out of the sand, not in regards to any topic related to Scientology or his BFF and sociopath David Miscavige. His silence will be his defense and his “statement”. He would have to grow a conscience and be willing to take responsibility for backing Miscaviges reign of terror on fellow Scientologists. Basically, Toms “overts” are so huge in this area that even his inflated sense of self couldn’t measure up to the job. His hands are too dirty.

  • Television88

    As a mega fan of this photo, I come back from time to time just to GAWK at it. It says so much to me. It should be use, like they use those horrible photos of users of CRACK to fear people from cults.