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VIDEO LEAK: Another segment from Marty Rathbun’s deposition — his ‘Liability Formula’

Marty_Rathbun_depo2Our source has made available another portion of Mark “Marty” Rathbun’s December 22 deposition; the first portion we published on Sunday.

As we pointed out then, this is the first time that Rathbun has been deposed since he emerged as a critic of his former employer, the Church of Scientology, in 2009. He had left the organization five years earlier after a career as one of its highest-ranking executives. But he’s now a severe critic of David Miscavige, the man who runs Scientology.

The deposition was taken as part of Luis and Rocio Garcia’s federal fraud lawsuit, but as we pointed out last time, Scientology attorney Bert Deixler seems less interested in the issue pending in that lawsuit — the nature of Scientology’s arbitration scheme — and instead is focusing on Rathbun’s relationship with Miscavige.

Last time, the portion of video we posted ended on a dramatic moment when Deixler was asking Rathbun about the first time he walked away from Scientology — nine days in 1993 — and then asked him to read from a document Rathbun had written at that time. Rathbun refused, and a halt was called to the questioning.

Now, we have a segment later in the deposition when they get back to the 1993 document. Rathbun explains that it was written as part of his “liability formula” — he was under intense pressure to write an obsequious statement to Miscavige pledging his loyalty in order to get back in the good graces of the organization.

After arguing over its nature, Deixler gets Rathbun to read from it.


“None of the things I read here should be taken literally,” Rathbun says, and he argues with Deixler as the attorney tries to get him to give a simple yes or no question about the document’s veracity.

We’d guess Deixler is trying to establish a record of whether Rathbun has a history of lying, while Rathbun is trying to explain what people are capable of doing under Scientology’s system of “mind control,” as he calls it.

Again, it’s interesting stuff. Let us know what you think of this exchange…



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