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—————- 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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Is Ukraine’s proposed new prime minister a Scientologist? Says his niece: ‘That’s crap’

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Yesterday evening, Arseniy Yatsenyuk was nominated to be Ukraine’s new prime minister in the wake of President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster.

Yatsenyuk is a former speaker of parliament and foreign minister, and led one of the factions of the opposition movement.

However, last week, when it looked like Yatsenyuk was likely to end up [...]

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NEW DATE: Celebration details of Los Angeles Scientology facilities leaked

Just yesterday, we told you about information that was leaked about Scientology’s plans for its Los Angeles headquarters. Now, we’ve received another leaked e-mail which suggests that the dates of the grand re-openings have been moved back a week. And we have some additional details.

Renovations in LA have been going on for some time, [...]

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Scientology’s $100,000 girl records a video promoting a fundraising event in California

On Wednesday, we told you about Quinn Bennett, a 10-year-old girl the Church of Scientology is touting as its “youngest self-made humanitarian,” which is Scientology-speak indicating that young Quinn has personally donated at least $100,000 for the church’s expansion efforts.

(For those of you who keep bringing up an anonymous commenter over at Mike Rinder’s [...]

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This is Scientology today: Oregon 10-year-old celebrated for donating $100,000

Yesterday, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted a stunning new flier at his blog.

The flier was part of a series describing the fundraising for a project to replace the Mountain View, California church with a new facility that will be known as the “Silicon Valley Ideal Org.”

More than 10 years after it started, [...]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Stop saying that Scientology is infested with big movie stars already

Hey, we’ve been traveling for several days and just got back to the Bunker. While we try to catch up, we thought we’d point out something we saw in an excellent article about Scientology which Premiere magazine published way back in 1993.

The point of the piece was how Scientology maintained a grip on Hollywood, [...]

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REPORT: Man was hired to keep Shelly Miscavige from escaping Scientology base near L.A.

Robert MacLean

UPDATE: We’ve had a text message conversation Robert MacLean — see below.

A bombshell this morning from former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder: He claims that a man known nationally as a TSA whistleblower has told others that he was hired to be a security guard to keep Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly [...]

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The BBC’s John Sweeney gives us another glimpse of creepy Scientology intimidation

During hearings this week in a lawsuit about Scientology spying and harassment, a 2010 video was played in a courtroom that showed the church’s hired operatives following Monique Rathbun to her south Texas home.

The video had nothing to do with a free-speech protest, and Monique has never been a member of the church [...]

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The Vanity Fair story on Shelly Miscavige: ‘Scientology’s Vanished Queen’

Ned Zeman has a great overview of the missing First Lady of Scientology, church leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly, someone whose disappearance we’ve been writing about for a long time.

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The best parts of Steven Mango’s ‘documentary’ on Scientology’s Celebrity Centre

On Monday morning, we posted Steven Mango’s two and a half hour video about his experience as a member of Scientology. Now that we’ve had some time to absorb the entire thing, we thought we’d highlight some of the really good stuff in it.

In our title, we put the word ‘documentary’ in quote marks [...]

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Eric Idle and Kirstie Alley discuss Scientology!

We’ve been discussing some awfully serious issues this week. From the suicide of a talented young woman who was memorialized at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, to the odd disappearance of a prominent 40-year member of Scientology, to the grinding arguments of a court hearing in Texas.

Oh, how we’d love a little comedy to lighten [...]

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