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Church of Scientology and David Miscavige sued for abuse by major legal players

[Attorney Brian Kent]

We’re posting this press release in its entirety. We heard something like this was coming, and we have reason to believe there is more on the way…


Church of Scientology and Leader David Miscavige Sued for Abuse, Human Trafficking, and Intimidation of Former Member

Attorneys representing Jane Doe filed the first of multiple lawsuits to hold the Church of Scientology accountable for its extensive history of alleged abuse including its “Fair Game” policy that demands members destroy, by any means necessary, anyone who speaks out against the abuses committed within the Church

LOS ANGELES (June 18, 2019) – Today, attorneys representing Jane Doe, a former member of the Church of Scientology, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, Calif., alleging years of heinous abuse, human trafficking, and intimidation by members including David Miscavige, the de facto leader of the Church of Scientology. Jane Doe worked within Scientology for years, including directly for Miscavige.


The complaint filed in the case details Scientology’s disturbing practices including rampant child abuse, exploitative commercial practices, horrific forced labor, and the devastating policies that seek to destroy families and escaped former members. This includes the official “Fair Game” policy which tells members to attack, injure, harass, embarrass, and destroy anyone who chooses to speak out against the Church of Scientology and Miscavige.

Jane Doe was born into Scientology. The complaint alleges that beginning at age six, Doe was subjected to constant interrogation, abuse, harassment, and indoctrination by the Church of Scientology and its members. Doe alleges that she was forced to work under inhumane conditions for little pay in various para-military branches of Scientology pursuant to the “billion-year contract” she was forced to sign. Doe, while working directly for the hostile Miscavige, observed him assault and orchestrate attacks on other members. She was subject to solitary confinement and threats. Doe was threatened with “disconnection,” where the Church of Scientology instructs its members, including family and friends, to shun an escaped Scientologist. She ultimately escaped Scientology in 2017. After she left, Doe states that after speaking out against Scientology, she was subjected to persistent public attacks, which included innumerable false statements published online and on social media.

Attorney Brian Kent of Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP said, “Scientology for decades has sought to quash dissention, cover up its long history of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of its members, including its most vulnerable members, its children, and weaponize its doctrine against those who escape and find the courage to speak up. This is just the beginning and we are not going to stop until they do.”

“There is no religious liberty defense for harming others,” said Marci Hamilton, University of Pennsylvania Professor and CEO and Academic Director of CHILD USA. “The CSI believers have the right to believe anything they want. But they cannot do whatever they want. This lawsuit continues the important work of the #MeToo era to bring institutions and individuals to account for child abuse, trafficking, and neglect.”

Doe is represented by victims’ attorneys (who have represented victims of abuse within Penn State University, the Catholic Church, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others) including Philadelphia attorneys Brian Kent, Gaetano D’Andrea, Stewart Ryan, and Lauren Stram of Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP, Marci Hamilton of CHILD USA, Jeffrey Fritz of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., and California attorney Bobby Thompson of Thompson Law Offices, P.C.

Anyone with information about The Church of Scientology or who has information about victimization within Scientology can call the law firm’s hotline at 855-382-3385.

Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP is a personal injury law firm representing individuals seriously injured due to the negligence of others. The firm represents people who have been catastrophically injured in construction accidents and at work, in auto accidents and as a result of defective products. The Philadelphia lawyers also have a long history of representing sexual assault, sexual abuse and crime victims in civil actions. For more information, go to


And here’s the complaint. Let’s devour it…

Jane Doe vs. Church of Scie… by on Scribd

Well, it’s really not very clear to us why they are using “Jane Doe” in this case, when the fact that it’s Valerie Haney they’re talking about is more than obvious. And Valerie was the featured character on a nationally-televised broadcast under her own name.


Of course it was Valerie who was David Miscavige’s steward and ultimately escaped from Int Base by hiding in the back of a car.

We had a really interesting interview with her, the only one she’s given since her appearance on Leah’s show.

Also, the lawsuit is not alleging any sexual crimes. So we’re not going to pretend that we don’t know that Jane Doe is really Valerie Haney.

Her story is electric. And she’s a fighter. We’re really looking forward to seeing how this lawsuit unfolds. And, prepare yourself for several more that are coming.


This lawsuit was filed in the same courthouse, Los Angeles Superior Court, that Laura DeCrescenzo wrestled with for nine years before getting a huge settlement from Scientology, and for many similar allegations.

So keep in mind that Scientology will probably throw the same kinds of exasperating delaying tactics and dishonest strategies at this and the other lawsuits that are coming.

On the other hand, the legal team that has been assembled here is truly extraordinary. Let’s go through some of them.


[M. Stewart Ryan]

Can you say Cosby prosecutor?

M. Stewart Ryan was an assistant district attorney who prosecuted Bill Cosby for sexual assault in Pennsylvania, resulting in a conviction and prison time. Ryan left that position last year to join one of the law firms that has filed the new suit against Scientology.


[Guy D’Andrea]

Guy D’Andrea is a former New Jersey prosecutor who, in 2015, got a conviction against the “Philadelphia Craigslist killer,” who had shot a man showing up for an ad about an ATV.

Brian Kent was previously a prosecutor in the Sex Crimes Unit for Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. He made national news two years ago for cases of sexual abuse located at “Massage Envy” parlors in Florida, and after he took on the cases of multiple women, a perpetrator was arrested and prosecuted.


[Marci Hamilton]

Marci Hamilton is a constitutional scholar at the University of Pennsylvania who, in 2016, founded CHILD USA, which advocates for issues on child abuse.


HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

THURSDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITY: This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. But we also want to point out that Cathy Schenkelberg’s “Squeeze My Cans” will be running at the Hollywood Fringe, and we encourage HowdyCon attendees to see her show on Thursday night, June 20. Tickets and more dates available here.

Friday night June 21 we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22. Note: You need to ask for the “family reunion” special rate.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Another sign Nation of Islam members are moving from Dianetics to full Scientology
[TWO years ago] Scientology caught red-handed breaking government restrictions — and without penalty
[THREE years ago] When you postulate upon a star: L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology’s funny made-up words
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s slush fund: Jeffrey Augustine takes apart the fictions of the IAS
[FIVE years ago] Scientology fires legal salvoes at the Garcias, and Vance Woodward fires back
[SIX years ago] What Scientologists at War Left Out: Some Annotations on Channel 4’s Documentary


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,481 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,610 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,114 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,634 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 654 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 545 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,852 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,720 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,494 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,268 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,614 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,180 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,100 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,267 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,848 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,109 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,148 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,860 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,386 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,475 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,615 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,935 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,791 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,910 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,265 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,568 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,674 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,076 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,948 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,531 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,026 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,280 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,389 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 18, 2019 at 16:05

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