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Brian Statler’s daughter joins lawsuit over his police shooting death at Scientology church

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[Brian Statler]

An amended complaint has been filed in the federal civil rights and excessive force lawsuit over the March 27, 2019 police shooting death of Brian Statler at the Inglewood Church of Scientology, and it contains a bombshell.

It confirms on the record what we told you we could only hint at previously, that Statler was [...]

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David Miscavige deposition in sex abuse lawsuit canceled after Scientology pushes back

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[David Miscavige and the attorney who won’t be questioning him next week, Ricardo Martinez-Cid]

In recent weeks, attorneys for Jane Doe, a Florida woman suing Scientology for what she alleges was years of sexual abuse that she endured as a child employee for the church, boldly filed notices in court that they intended to subject three [...]

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Scientology mail contract worth $5 million a year says firm suing a former employee

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[Scientology’s printing plant puts out prodigious amounts of junk mail.]

An international mailing company, Asendia, is suing its former vice president of operations, accusing him of luring away the Church of Scientology, a client that was worth $5 million a year.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in New Jersey, Asendia gained Scientology as a [...]

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Scientology will try to force Jane Doe in Miami child abuse case into ‘religious arbitration’

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 On April 20, Scientology will attempt to convince a Miami judge that a woman who says she was sexually molested while working as a child in its churches has no right to sue in court, but should be required to take her complaints to an internal “religious arbitration” panel made up exclusively of Church of [...]

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Scientology OT8 dentist closes office while patients confront him about their cash

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 It was an ugly scene in Severna Park, near Baltimore, on Tuesday as some angry patients shouted at dentist Neil Woods while he was leaving his office with news cameras rolling.

“More than a dozen people are claiming they paid an Anne Arundel County dentist thousands of dollars for dental work they never received, and now [...]

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Where in the world is Scientology leader David Miscavige?

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[Come and get me]

Last summer, a powerful national legal team filed three lawsuits against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige on behalf of seven people who say they were victimized by the church. One of them alleges she was held against her will for years at a secretive Scientology compound, five others [...]

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The presidential candidate, the controversial guru, the Scientology lawyer — and us!

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[Tulsi Gabbard, Chris Butler, and Anthony Glassman. Not pictured: Your proprietor]

We had a fun surprise last night when we realized that Hawaiian media has been buzzing about a story that had a slight connection to, well, us.

You might have heard that among the hordes of people who have announced their bids or are thinking about [...]

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Another elderly victim gets soaked by Scientology, is talking to law enforcement

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[Scene of the crime, the Advanced Org of Los Angeles (AOLA)]

Last summer, we told you about a shocking case of elder abuse involving a man named Efrem Logreira. He had joined Scientology at the age of 74, and a year later he was almost homeless because Scientology had burdened him with so much debt and [...]

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Government comes down hard on Scientology — in Canada, where worker abuse matters

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 Breaking news out of Quebec, where journalist Gaétan Pouliot has been covering an investigation by the government into workers at Scientology facilities being paid less than minimum wage.

Scientology paying less than minimum wage is practically a sacrament in the church, so the only surprise is that any government agency, anywhere, actually decided to do something [...]

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A Scientologist on trial for double murder: A story the church is very nervous about

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[Kenny Thompson]

 Kenny Thompson’s mother had questionable taste in men. Dad One — Kenny’s biological father — skipped out when he was two years old.

Maybe that contributed to keeping him from starting to speak until he was four.

By then, Mom was with the new guy, the one named Craig who was sort of Dad [...]

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A Scientologist murdered: Our experts try to make sense of Australia’s ‘Advanced Org’

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[The Purif area at Australia’s Advanced Org, the place the teen with a knife was trying to get to]

We still have a lot of questions about the murder of Chih-Jen “Aaron” Yeh, 24, a Scientologist at the ‘Advanced Org’ in the north suburbs of Sydney that happened on Thursday afternoon there. The Australian press is [...]

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Here is what’s in the documents that are prompting a new look at Casey Kasem’s death

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  We’re very glad to see that the CBS program 48 Hours is taking on the bizarre story of Casey Kasem’s final days, and that they appear to be taking seriously the work done by a private investigator on behalf of Jean Kasem — work that has revealed new facts so troubling, a Washington [...]

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Scientology’s ‘Super Power’ poster boy gets dunked on by yet another irked judge

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[Kathy and Matt Feshbach]

Last year, we told you that Scientology’s first “Super Power” recipient found out that his super powers didn’t extend to the legal arena, where he got his head handed to him by a bankruptcy judge.

Well, now we can tell you that it’s happened again.

Matt Feshbach and his wife Kathy [...]

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FEDS CHARGE SCIENTOLOGISTS IN NEW YORK FOR $80 MILLION MEDICARE SCAM

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[Jay Spina at a Drug-Free World event in 2016]

On Thursday, Geoffrey S. Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, unsealed an indictment of two Orange County, New York chiropractors and two additional people who work in their office, accusing them of defrauding Medicare of more than $80 million.

The two [...]

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Sheriff’s Office report spells out tragic details of Scientology ‘Clear’ who took her own life

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  We have now obtained a copy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report on the death of Kristi Bouck, the 26-year-old Scientologist we told you about last month who ended her life on June 6.

Kristi was from Orange County, California and had been declared Clear by Scientology in 2015, a major milestone [...]

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While the Scientology scandal swirls in Colombia, a key figure relaxes in Florida

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[Col. Prado, still wearing his Freedom medal]

Tomorrow, Colombia’s Congress is holding hearings regarding the Scientology scandal that the media there has been feeding on. We told you last time that an upstart federal senator, Iván Cepeda, sparked the congressional investigation when he asked the country’s new defense minister to report back about Scientology’s infiltration [...]

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The Garcias won’t go down without a fight: Filing appeal of Scientology’s ‘arbitration’ farce

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  The Garcias aren’t letting well enough alone. More than five years after they first filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, and after three years wrestling against a ruling by Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore that forced them into Scientology’s internal arbitration, Luis and Rocio Garcia have filed a notice that they [...]

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Scientology is very worried about 75-year-old Efrem Logreira and his allegations

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[Kendrick Moxon and Efrem Logreira]

In our last story about Efrem Logreira, we told you that he had turned down the offer of a check for $8,415 from the Church of Scientology.

We explained that Logreira, 75, joined Scientology only last year, but his handlers at the Los Angeles “org” ran up charges of $73,000 [...]

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Why did a 26-year-old ‘Clear’ kill herself at Scientology’s spiritual mecca?

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[Kristi Bouck went Clear in 2015]

In 2015, our correspondent Rod Keller posted at his own website a photo from Scientology’s South Coast mission in Orange County, California (see above). It featured a young woman named Kristi Bouck showing off a document indicating that she had attested to “Clear.”

The state of Clear was the [...]

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Scientology used an ice cream ‘date’ to run up $20,000 on senior’s credit cards

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[Efrem’s ice cream dates]

The day after we reported last week on the ordeal of 75-year-old Efrem Logreira — who says the Church of Scientology ran up charges on his credit cards for courses he would never take, and which cost him thousands in interest payments — he heard from the church in a letter [...]

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SCIENTOLOGY CAVES: MISCAVIGE SETTLES FORCED-ABORTION CASE TO AVOID TRIAL

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[Laura D, from her Facebook account]

After nine years of characteristic scorched-earth legal maneuvering which included numerous appeals and delays and long-shot Hail Mary passes, Scientology has finally chickened out of actually going through a trial over the forced-abortion allegations of Laura DeCrescenzo. The two sides hammered out a settlement to end the case before [...]

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Is this case of Scientology draining a senior of his savings the one police are looking for?

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[Efrem Logreira]

Earlier this year, we first heard from Efrem Logreira, who shared with us a letter he had sent to the Church of Scientology.

The letter was stunning. In it, Logreira, who is now 75, described making the long drive this past December from Palm Springs to the Scientology New Year’s Event being held [...]

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Judge to Garcias: Scientology can lie and cheat and there’s nothing I can do about it

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[Judge James D. Whittemore]

Judge James D. Whittemore has ruled that Luis and Rocio Garcia will have to live with the kangaroo court Scientology put them through in the name of religious arbitration.

The Garcias, a California couple, sued the Church of Scientology in Whittemore’s Tampa federal court in 2013 over allegations that they had [...]

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Scientology scrambles to keep Miscavige out of forced-abortion trial

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[Laura D and her attorney, John Blumberg]One month from today, Laura DeCrescenzo is finally scheduled to get the trial against Scientology that she first asked for more than eight years ago — and the church is scrambling to keep leader David Miscavige out of it.

Today, the court will hear a request by the [...]

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Scientologists charged with Medi-Cal insurance fraud will stand trial on August 28

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  Our man in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Augustine, did us a huge favor by attending a preliminary hearing yesterday at Los Angeles Superior Court. And that’s why we can tell you that Hanan Islam and her fellow defendants, including three of her own children, are scheduled to go to trial on August 28 for [...]

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DENIED: Los Angeles judge rejects Scientology’s latest delay tactic in forced-abortion case

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[Laura DeCrescenzo and Scientology attorney Bert Deixler]

Yesterday in Los Angeles, a state court judge denied the Church of Scientology’s latest attempt to delay a lawsuit alleging forced abortion and other abuses in the Sea Organization that has already taken nine years to reach trial, which is scheduled for August.

Laura DeCrescenzo was only 12 [...]

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Why don’t Scientologists go to authorities about the abuses they have seen or experienced?

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We hear it all the time — why can’t law enforcement do something about the abuses in Scientology? There are a number of ways to answer that question, but one of the simplest is that Scientologists themselves know they cannot report the abuses they see to police.

It’s against the rules that founder L. [...]


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