Tony Ortega is executive editor of TheLipTV and is 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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Texas Supreme Court asks for Monique Rathbun’s response to Scientology’s petition

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The Texas Supreme Court has asked Monique Rathbun for a response to the Church of Scientology’s petition for review of a lower court’s ruling, and now she has until May 23 to file a highly technical legal document.

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Why Scientology’s inability to pay its tax bill in Montreal is not a sign that it’s struggling

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There was some interesting news out of Montreal yesterday regarding Scientology’s empty and derelict “Ideal Org” project there. For those joining us recently, the “Ideal Org” program is church leader David Miscavige’s desperate attempt to give the impression that Scientology is not shrinking rapidly by opening new, unneeded churches in cities around the world and calling it “expansion.”

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Another depressing piece of evidence that Scientology advocates splitting apart families

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[Lori Hodgson and her lovely mom, Dee]

What a couple of days we’ve had here in the Underground Bunker, eh? On Wednesday, we took you into the disconnection problems that are splitting apart the most powerful family in Scientology, the Miscaviges. And then yesterday we revealed that those problems had pulled in Lisa Marie Presley, who has gone on the warpath against Scientology leader David Miscavige.

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How Lisa Marie Presley became Scientology leader David Miscavige’s worst nightmare

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For more than a year, the Underground Bunker has been speaking with sources close to Lisa Marie Presley who tell us that the daughter of Elvis Presley has not only turned against Scientology leader David Miscavige, but has taken steps to coordinate actions designed to cripple Miscavige’s rule.

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Disconnection, Miscavige style: How Scientology’s most powerful family came apart

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[Ron Miscavige and his twin children, David and Denise]

 
Whitney Covington was arrested Friday night by police in Clearwater, Florida, and booked into the Pinellas County jail on misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It surprised no one who knew her.

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Ron Miscavige’s book ‘Ruthless’ gets a UK publisher and it’s a familiar one

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It took three years for Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear to find a publisher in England when little Silvertail Books brought out Wright’s epic history of the Church of Scientology last month. When Ron Miscavige brings out his book on May 3, he won’t have to wait for the same treatment.

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Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ premieres at Tribeca: Our on-scene report

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Wow, it was great to see Louis Theroux again last night at the Tribeca Film Festival showing off his hilarious My Scientology Movie.

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Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ at Tribeca today, & more in our social media review

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Finally, America gets its first look at Louis Theroux’s very funny film, My Scientology Movie, when it premieres this evening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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More Atlanta video: David Miscavige cuts the ribbon on Scientology’s new real estate venture!

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Previously, we posted video of Scientology leader David Miscavige giving his oration on April 2 to open the new “Ideal Org” in Atlanta, which was shot by a couple of very resourceful Underground Bunker readers who had secured a strategic position across the street from the festivities.

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Scientology rips apart families with its ‘disconnection’ policy — but why?

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[Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy takes center stage]

From Phil and Willie Jones to Brian Sheen to Lori Hodgson to the Headleys to so many others. We’re hearing from more and more people who have been affected by Scientology’s policy of “disconnection” that is ripping families apart. Our friend and frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine has been looking into Scientology’s documents, as he does, and has been thinking about disconnection. Jeff, where should we start?

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