Tony Ortega is a journalist who was 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 (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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The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 2: Monique Yingling

 [NOTE: Don’t miss yesterday afternoon’s breaking news about the Danny Masterson case.]

We’re now at the point in our countdown when we reach the non-Scientologists who Scientology leader David Miscavige relies on the most to keep him out of []


The most incredible lie Scientology attorney Monique Yingling told ABC ’20/20′

 Jeffrey Augustine is back with another investigation of Scientology’s essential []

Monique Rathbun formally ends her lawsuit in Texas; Ken Dandar wins again in Florida

Monique Rathbun’s harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology which she filed in August 2013 has now ended with a document she filed Tuesday in Comal County, []

Scientology confirms it won’t oppose Monique Rathbun’s plans to ditch lawsuit

 According to the Texas Supreme Court’s online docket, the Church of Scientology has confirmed that it is unopposed to the motion filed last week by Monique Rathbun, who has asked for a stay in her case so she can dismiss her lawsuit outright.

Meanwhile, at his blog, Monique’s husband, Mark “Marty” Rathbun, announced Monday that “there []

A STAR IS BORN: Scientology attorney Monique Yingling steals the spotlight on ’20/20′


 That was some episode of 20/20 last night, wasn’t it? We had a great time reading back the live-blogging our commenters engaged in last night. And we noticed that the break-out star of the program was Scientology attorney Monique Yingling. You loved her! []


 Monique Rathbun has asked the Texas Supreme Court to lift the stay in her harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology so she can dismiss the suit []

Texas Supreme Court asks for Monique Rathbun’s response to Scientology’s petition

 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. []

No longer working for Monique Rathbun to sue Scientology, Ray Jeffrey opens up

 Once it became official that Ray Jeffrey and his colleagues — Marc Wiegand, Elliott Cappuccio, and Leslie Hyman — were no longer working for Monique Rathbun in her harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, we called up Ray to see if he’d be interested in an interview. We’re glad to say he accepted. And []

Monique Rathbun waives a response: Will the TX Supreme Court take up Scientology’s appeal?

 Monique Rathbun has waived her right to respond to the Church of Scientology’s petition to the Texas Supreme Court just a couple of days before the initial deadline for her to respond had []

Monique Rathbun is on the clock at the Texas Supreme Court, and more in our legal roundup

 A sharp-eyed observer pointed out to us that the Texas Supreme Court’s docket posted a countdown date for Monique Rathbun to file a response to the Church of Scientology’s petition in her harassment lawsuit. That date is set for March []