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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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Hideouts for Scientologists on the lam: Another book from Ron Miscavige

Last May, we told you about a slim volume of home-spun tales by a retired musician remembering his 1940s childhood in rural Pennsylvania.

What made that book, True Confessions of a Kid, remarkable, however, was that it was written by Ron Miscavige, father to Scientology leader David Miscavige, and a man who literally had to [...]

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We asked David Miscavige’s tailor for his exact height — and here’s what he told us!

Claudio and Renata Lugli

Last year, we were fortunate enough to find ourselves in northern Italy at a lovely time of year. We made a jaunt to Venice. We strolled through Milan. We even happened to catch the final day of professional cycling’s Tour of Italy — Giro d’Italia — in the city of Brescia.


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Hey, you guys, the new Scientology E-meter is a hit!

Oh, you naysayers. Sure, you made fun of Scientology’s new E-meters, the ones that were made years ago and then gathered dust in a warehouse. The gleaming machines that David Miscavige expected every Scientologist to buy at $5,000 each (and a second one as a backup). The machines that still, 60 years after Scientology founder [...]

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LIVE-BLOGGING: Scientology on H2′s ‘America’s Book of Secrets’

A few months ago, we followed some directions and ended up at a hotel lobby in the business district downtown. Upstairs, there was a bar that had been taken over by a film crew. We dug the setting — the more booze bottles in the background, the better.

For a couple of hours, we were [...]

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French land sale falls apart once town learns Scientologists are involved

Sainte-Feyre, France

We’ve got a breaking story from Jonny Jacobsen, our man in Paris…

Councillors in a French town have pulled out of a deal to sell land for development after revelations that investors behind the project were Scientologists.

The announcement came just weeks after they had approved the sale of land in the town [...]

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Here are the wealthy people keeping Scientology alive

If you watch Mike Rinder’s blog carefully, you can see Scientology imploding on almost a daily basis. Over the last few years, we’ve also provided plenty of evidence that Scientology is shrinking as it stumbles from one crisis to another.

But what’s been fascinating to watch is that as many longtime members flee, and [...]

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Larry Anderson: Scientology’s pitchman becomes a Bunker regular

In the now-it-can-be-told department: We first heard from Larry Anderson back in 2010, but it wasn’t until last year that we finally met the tall LA actor originally from Minnesota.

For Scientologists of a certain era, Larry’s image is branded into their memories from multiple viewings of the Orientation film that they were all required [...]

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AOLA’s grand re-opening — a look at the last time Scientology cut the ribbon at Big Blue!

On Sunday, Scientology will have a ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (AOLA), where wealthy church members go to receive high-level “Operating Thetan” courses and auditing on their way up L. Ron Hubbard’s “Bridge to Total Freedom.” But this isn’t the first time the church has had a [...]

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Five things to watch for in today’s first Scientology wedding in the UK

The Church of Scientology is naturally very excited that Alessandro Calcioli and Louisa Hodkin (pictured right) will marry today after winning a landmark court victory allowing Scientology “religious” weddings to be held in England for the first time.

Scientology may be dwindling, but it can use every bit of good publicity it can get, so [...]

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Gary Weber: Another former Scientology official talks about women forced to have abortions

Gary Weber was one of several GO members who paraded in Nazi uniforms outside the Clearwater Sun offices in 1979 to protest how the newspaper was treating Scientology

Gary Weber first went public about his past as a member of Scientology’s Guardian’s Office seven or eight years ago at Arnie Lerma’s site. It’s an excellent [...]

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