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 gmail.com (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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Scientology reveals it has a secret donor with an NFL connection giving millions

[Scientology barnstormer Michael Chan]

We want to thank our reader in Greece who alerted us to a pretty amazing situation. An entire 2-hour Michael Chan talk given to Scientologists in Athens had been posted to YouTube, and if we hurried we could get a look at it before Chan pulled it down (which Chan said would happen soon).

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Tiponi Grey, 1968-2018, a woman who told off Scientology for its lack of compassion

[Tiponi in July, with (L to R) Ishmael Bey, Mike Rinder, Leah Remini, and Hector Falu-Muhammad]

On Tuesday night, viewers of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath were stunned when the episode finished with the words, “In Memoriam, Tiponi Grey.”

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Tonight, Leah Remini examines her own role in the bizarre Scientology – Nation of Islam dance

[Minister Louis Farrakhan and the woman whose name he can’t recall correctly]

In 2010, Louis Farrakhan formally made the call for his followers in the Nation of Islam to embrace Dianetics. A year later, at the Village Voice, we remarked for the first time on what a bizarre idea it was — that two small but such different groups would be getting into bed with each other.

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Scientology school sinks to new low, but the federal dollars keep pouring in

[Our man Down Under is once again on the case]

Yesterday we spotted a story in the Australian press about a local school that sounded familiar. Then we remembered that it was a school that had been exposed by our friend and colleague, Bryan Seymour. We asked him for comment on the new story, and he didn’t disappoint…

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David Miscavige will be in Africa on New Year’s Day to mark an actual Scientology expansion

 
Rod Keller has the scoop on David Miscavige’s first real expansion in three decades…

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Academic goes ‘Among the Scientologists’ to bring back what we already knew

[Westbrook appeared on Reza Aslan’s ill-fated CNN series]

Your proprietor spent a lot of time in academia and has a huge respect for the scholar who wants to advance knowledge in a particular area by doing the scholarly thing — investigating, listening, measuring, while trying to be as objective as possible.

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Scientology is quick to cry ‘bigotry,’ but these photos prove David Miscavige’s hypocrisy

[Miscavige at the IAS event in October]

On Monday, we had a lot of fun bringing you the latest list of Scientology donors who were celebrated at the October IAS event in East Grinstead, England. But the richies and their big donations are not the only reason for celebration at the annual shindig held under a big tent at Saint Hill. Freedom Medals are also handed out, and in Scientology world, that’s a big deal!

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When Tom Cruise go-fer and budding flak Tommy Davis was getting his Scientology hat on

 
While we’re dealing with the roller coaster ride of Leah Remini’s third season, the fun things tipsters send us keep rolling in.

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Slimed by Scientology, Cierra Westerman says she’s still feeling good about coming forward

[Cierra Westerman]

Before last night’s episode of Scientology and the Aftermath even aired, Cierra Westerman…

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Scientology is known for its use of spies — and tonight, you’ll hear from one

[Cierra Westerman]

In one of our favorite moments from tonight’s episode of Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah Remini admits to an emotion she hasn’t felt before as she and Mike are on their way to another of their stunning interviews with a Scientology whistleblower.

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