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Lawyers Can't Track Down Scientology's David Miscavige

They've been trying to serve him papers for months in 2 states

(Newser) - As head of Scientology, David Miscavige keeps an extremely low public profile. But opposing lawyers have been surprised to find out how low—they have unsuccessfully attempted to serve him papers in a federal trafficking case at least 27 times over the last four months, reports TMZ . It's possible...

Scientology Foe Dies, Estranged
Foe Dies,

Scientology Foe Dies, Estranged

Ron Miscavige was a vocal opponent of the organization run by his son David

(Newser) - Ron Miscavige, who defected from the Church of Scientology and became a leading opponent from outside the organization run by his son, has died. Miscavige, 85, died Monday after suffering from health problems including cancer for years, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He introduced his son David to Scientology when...

Ex-Scientologist Who Fled in Trunk of Car Sues Church

She accuses it of human trafficking, false imprisonment, child abuse

(Newser) - A "Jane Doe" who was in the Church of Scientology for nearly 40 years is suing the organization, accusing it of human trafficking, false imprisonment, child abuse, and many other misdeeds. The woman says she was in the organization from her birth in 1979 and eventually fled in 2016...

Church of Scientology Launches TV Channel

'We're not here to preach to you, to convince you or to convert you'

(Newser) - The Church of Scientology launched its own TV channel with a vow that it will be candid about every aspect of the church and its operations but isn't seeking to preach or convert. "There's a lot of talk about us. And we get it," church leader...

Memoir From Scientology Leader's Dad May Be Due to Leah Remini

'His story is important'

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini, who knows a thing or two about Scientology memoirs, says she prompted the father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige to write his own memoir, which is slated to be published May 3, Us Magazine reports. "His story is important," Remini tells ABC News...

Remini's 5 Strangest Claims About Tom Cruise's Wedding

Including Suri Cruise being treated very oddly

(Newser) - During her 20/20 interview Friday, Leah Remini revealed that it was at Tom Cruise's 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes that she first began to seriously doubt Scientology. And now the New York Daily News has published excerpts from Remini's Scientology exposé Troublemaker , out tomorrow, in which she discusses...

Scientology Leader's Estranged Dad to Write Book

Ronald Miscavige's story could be a blockbuster

(Newser) - More bad publicity for Scientology is on the way. The estranged father of leader David Miscavige plans to write a memoir, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Don't expect the account from former church member Ronald Miscavige to be a glowing one: The working title is If He Dies, He Dies,...

Scientology Leader Paid PIs to Spy on Own Dad: Police

David Miscavige also reportedly told PI to let his dad die during a health scare

(Newser) - On the heels of HBO's explosive Going Clear documentary , police records acquired by the Los Angeles Times reveal another bombshell about Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige: He allegedly had his own dad tailed by private investigators for a year and a half because he feared Ronald Miscavige Sr....

Leah Remini Files LAPD Report on Scientology Wife

The actress considers Shelly Miscavige a 'missing person'

(Newser) - Leah Remini's battle with Scientology ? Far from over. The King of Queens actress has filed a missing person report on church leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, Us Weekly reports. "We can confirm that the missing person report has been taken and that's all the information...

'Blacklisted' Leah Remini Quits Scientology

Faced interrogations for questioning leader: sources

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini is publicly saying sayonara to the Church of Scientology, and sources say it's because she endured years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige, Us Weekly reports. Remini was apparently blacklisted by the church for asking an incredibly tough question back...

How Scientology Auditioned Women for a Cruise Marriage
How Scientology Auditioned Women for a Cruise Marriage

How Scientology Auditioned Women for a Cruise Marriage

Nazanin Boniadi was first choice, but got axe for 'rudeness'

(Newser) - When Tom Cruise was ready to embark on marriage No. 3, the project became a major in-house initiative at the Church of Scientology, overseen by the wife of leader David Miscavige in a process that gets thoroughly dissected by Maureen Orth in Vanity Fair . Actresses already affiliated with Scientology were...

Ugly Feud Erupts Among Scientologists

Organization 'obsessed with fundraising,' disgruntled member says

(Newser) - A leading Scientologist is attempting to spark a revolt against chief David Miscavige, who has led the organization since the death of L. Ron Hubbard 26 years ago. Miscavige has ignored the teaching of L. Ron Hubbard and turned Scientology into a fundraising machine that bleeds wealthy members dry to...

Inside Scientology: Abuse, Human Trafficking, FBI Probes

Extensive Paul Haggis profile reveals allegations against church

(Newser) - The New Yorker ’s massive, 26-page takedown of Scientology is here, and it discloses—among other things—that the FBI has been investigating the church on suspicion of human trafficking for more than a year. Staff writer Lawrence Wright offers an extensive profile of ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis, the writer-director...

Ex-Scientologist Actor: Return My $120K

After 33 years, Larry Anderson wants out

(Newser) - After 33 years as a Scientologist and a star turn in a widely disseminated orientation video, actor Larry Anderson wants out—and he wants his money back. Anderson, a magician turned TV actor and game-show host, says the organization owes him $120,000. A Scientology rep tells the St. Petersburg ...

Scientology Boss Beat Staff: Defectors
Scientology Boss Beat Staff: Defectors

Scientology Boss Beat Staff: Defectors

Former execs accuse leader of conducting violent 'reign of terror'

(Newser) - The leader of the Church of Scientology routinely beat up execs who displeased him, defectors tell the St. Petersburg Times. The men—the highest-ranking Scientologists ever to leave the organization—say David Miscavige attacked and humiliated staffers on the slightest whim. Miscavige, the defectors say in this 3-part investigative series,...

Lawsuit Targets Cruise, Scientology 'Crime Syndicate'

Files harassment lawsuit under federal RICO statute

(Newser) - An ex-Scientologist says the organization is a “crime syndicate” in a $250 million federal lawsuit that names Tom Cruise as the head honcho's "right-hand man," reports the Daily News. The suit uses a statute designed to counter organized crime in an attempt to have the Church of...

Cruise Busts Moves in Birthday Video

Footage of ship-board birthday party shows Cruise's wild side

(Newser) - The lock on Scientology's media vault must be missing. Gawker has obtained "secret video" of a lavish birthday bash thrown for church booster Tom Cruise on board a cruise ship, in which the couch-jumper enters to theme music from Top Gun, and sings and dances through Old Time Rock ...

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