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Lisa Marie Presley’s ex-husband accuses her of Scientology tactics: Read the court document

Lisa Marie Presley and her ex-husband, music producer Michael Lockwood, are scheduled to begin their divorce trial on August 3, and Lockwood has filed a trial brief in which he accuses Presley of using Scientology “Fair Game” tactics against him in the grueling war between the two.

The Blast today posted news of the document, but we thought you’d want to go through it yourself. Much of it is dealing with the details of how the custody-sharing guidelines have been set down; Lockwood is asking the court to award 50-50 custody after a six month increase from the 21 hours a week of time with his twin 11-year-old daughters Harper and Finley that he’s getting now.

We reported in 2016 that Lisa Marie Presley had left Scientology in 2014 after attempting to have a showdown with Scientology leader David Miscavige, something that was reported also by David’s father, Ron Miscavige, in his 2016 book Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

In his trial brief Lockwood is saying that Presley, who grew up in Scientology “continues to employ a central principle” of Scientology, namely Fair Game, the practice by the church to harass and attempt to destroy its perceived enemies. That statement is ambiguous about whether Presley has actually gone back into the church since her 2014 split. So is his other allegation, that she called him an “SP” in a text to her daughter Riley. We’ve found plenty of ex-Scientologists who use that terminology.


Anyway, we’re sure the document will spark plenty of debate about whether Lisa Marie is in or out. Here’s the key paragraph…

Petitioner was raised as a Scientologist and continues to employ a central principle of Scientology: “Fair Game” or “Fair Gaming.” Scientologists employ this tactic against perceived enemies to punish and harass them by any means possible (Wikipedia defines “Fair Game” as private investigations, character assassination, and legal action against perceived enemies and states that it is “a core religious practice” of the church)”. Petitioner responded to a text message from her older daughter in May 2016 referring to Respondent as an “SP” (according to Wikipedia, a “Suppressive Person”) by saying “I’ve known this all along I just need to make absolutely sure he won’t get to take ur (sic) sisters every other week n (sic) get joint custody which courts automatically grant! That’s what I’ve been doing all this time.” (Respondent’s Exhibit 1). Various Petitioner’s text messages talk about “a plan.” Consequently, Respondent was followed by private investigators and surveiled, as well as maiigned in the previous DCFS investigation and Dependency Court proceeding without any legitimate basis, and Petitioner continues to assert these debunked allegations.

The document also refers to the July 12 suicide of Presley’s son Benjamin Keough, and suggests that Lisa Marie may be prone to a relapse of her drug addictions because of it.

Petitioner has been in rehabilitation facilities for drug or alcohol issues at least five times and attended outpatient rehabilitation until 2018, but has not participated in a twelve step program. Petitioner admitted that as recently as October 2016 she took 20 to 80 Oxycodone tablets, then used cocaine in order to stop using Oxycodone. Respondent does not know whether Petitioner is sober at this time, but photographs in the media indicate that Petitioner has smoked marijuana and drank beer since her last rehabilitation stint (see Respondent’s Exhibits 64, 56-63) and the strong possibility of relapse exists, especially in light of the most recent events.

The Blast also reported that Lockwood plans to call Leah Remini as a witness to explain Scientology Fair Game to the jury. Um, wow.

Here’s the rest of the document. Let us know what stands out to you…


Presley v. Lockwood: Respondent's Trial Brief by Tony Ortega on Scribd


Source Code

“The Rock has such terrific significances connected with it: violations, survival, not to survive, thisa, thata, the other thing, identifications, cross-references, see file B, see file A 1,002,642, cross-reference Navy Department, you get the idea. Bulletin of War, Space Command, planet Exnoo, figure-figure-figure-figure, think-think-think-think-think-think, figure-figure-figure-figure, thought-thought-thought-thought, thought, significance-significance-significance-significance… And when he looks at this particular piece of matter, energy, space and time which is all it’s conceived of, he doesn’t conceive of matter, energy, space and time. He thinks, Cross-reference: Space Command, 8,000,000,682, general order to all torpedo-men. Following: pursuant to the orders of the admiral… See? Now, this unfortunately cross-references with Order of the Day, Monastery Platitude, Mount Xenu. There shall be peace. Which conflicts with, Dear, I know you are dedicated to holy orders, but I need a new pair of shoes. Which in itself is very vastly in conflict with Order of the Mount: Honor thy father and thy mother. Wait a minute, how’d that get in there? And that’s why the preclear’s so baffled.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 25, 1958



Overheard in the FreeZone

“An Ethics Court was held on Andy Nolch, conductor of The Indie Scientology Podcast, in absentia, because he is in prison in Australia. Andy’s crime is point 15 of the General Crimes as listed in the first edition of the Introduction to Scientology Ethics book: ’15. Causing severe and disreputable disturbances resulting in disrepute.’ Andy’s previous arrest and the latest incarceration for violation of court orders and on drug possession charges caused severe disturbance and disrepute to the field and to field Scientologists that he interviewed in his podcast. The recommendations are that Andy Nolch should not to be trained or processed on anything other than PTS technology and drug rehabilitation tech. Is assigned the condition of Treason.”


Random Howdy

“I prefer to think of D.M. as Theon Greyjoy.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay Spina, Medicare fraud: Sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments set for August 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 4 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021


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

[Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, and Juliette Lewis]

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?



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[THREE years ago] The Rathbuns hire a lawyer, and Ray Jeffrey answers questions about his legal salvo
[FOUR years ago] Why does Scientology have no sense of humor? Because seriousness is a sacrament
[FIVE years ago] A video response to Scientology’s crass celebrities, Jenna and Bodhi Elfman
[SIX years ago] Garcia federal fraud lawsuit survives another challenge by Scientology
[SEVEN years ago] Scientologists Warned about Facebook “Entheta” After Leah Remini’s Departure
[EIGHT years ago] Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s Split Becomes an Advertisement


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,009 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,513 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,033 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,053 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 944 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,251 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,119 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,893 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,697 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,013 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,579 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,498 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,666 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,247 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,508 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,546 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,259 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,784 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,314 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,874 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,014 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,334 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,189 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,308 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,664 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,967 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,073 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,475 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,347 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,930 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,425 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,679 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,788 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 25, 2020 at 21:00

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