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SOURCE: Kirstie Alley will be memorialized at Scientology’s ‘spiritual mecca’

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: After yesterday’s stunning news that Kirstie Alley had died after a brief battle with cancer at only 71, we’re still putting together what it means for Scientology. Here’s the latest. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Twenty-seven years ago today: The final hours of Lisa McPherson’s Scientology life

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We want to warn you the story we’re reprinting today is very disturbing and contains graphic descriptions that some may find difficult to deal with. Today marks the 27th anniversary of Lisa McPherson’s final day on earth, and we are reproducing the culminating piece of our series about her which we published seven years ago. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Scientology leader David Miscavige unloads epic rant about Leah Remini after mistrial

[Scientology leader David Miscavige and his nemesis, Leah Remini]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Immediately after mistrial was declared in the Danny Masterson trial, a Scientology website posted a statement that has to be seen to be believed. It unloads on Leah Remini, and there’s no mistaking who authored it: Of course it’s Scientology leader David Miscavige. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Scientology scolds Valerie Haney for nominating Tom Cruise to be an arbitrator

[Valerie Haney and Tom Cruise]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology has finally responded to Valerie Haney’s nomination of Tom Cruise as arbitrator in her dispute with the church, and it’s a whiny classic all-timer of a missive! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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EXCLUSIVE: What the Danny Masterson jury didn’t hear — The Jane Doe 1 eyewitness

[Actor, singer, dancer, producer — and former Scientologist — Damian Perkins]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: One of the people who was not called to testify in the Danny Masterson trial had one of the only eyewitness accounts related to what Masterson was accused of. In an exclusive, we have a copy of what he would have testified to. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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After Danny Masterson mistrial: Transcript of the press conference and more reactions

[Philip Cohen with Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson after the mistrial was declared. Photo by Brian Melley/AP]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We detail the scene at the courtroom yesterday when a mistrial was declared at the Danny Masterson trial. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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As jury looks at Jane Doe 3, let’s keep in mind Cohen’s statement about unconscious rape

[Attorney Philip Cohen and his client, Danny Masterson]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: The jury in the Danny Masterson trial has asked for a read-back of testimony about an incident which brings up some tricky definitions of what’s “forcible” in forcible rape. Will it affect their ability to render verdicts in this case? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Scientology down 23 PERCENT from 2011 to 2021 in England census data released today

[London’s swinging Scientology hipsters]

We knew Scientology was hurting in England, but this is really something.

In 2011, the census of England and Wales counted only 2,418 people who identified themselves as Scientologists.

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Can the Danny Masterson jury figure things out today?

[Defense atty Philip Cohen, prosecutors Reinhold Mueller and Ariel Anson, and defendant Danny Masterson]

After a week off, the jury in the Danny Masterson trial will resume deliberations this morning, and we’ll be in court to bring you the results.

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Scientology actually found the one guy who joined because of a Super Bowl ad

[Fabio, and the 2016 ad that got him]

In 2012, Scientology made a huge tactical mistake, suing a former Sea Org official named Debbie Cook. What was Cook’s crime? She had dared to send around an email to other Scientologists complaining about the direction leader David Miscavige was taking the church.

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