The Church Of Scientology Is Being Sued For Kidnapping, Human Trafficking, And A Slew Of Other Alleged Crimes
I hope Leah Remini is having a great day and is kicking back somewhere with an icy cold glass of pinot gris and cackling at the news that one of the participants of her Emmy award-winning show Scientology and The Aftermath, has filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, David Misgave, and “25 other unnamed correspondents”, according to Rolling Stone.
Us Weekly reports that the litigant, who is referred to as Jane Doe, cites “kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking, false imprisonment, libel, slander, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress” as grounds for the suit filed on Tuesday with the Los Angeles County Superior Court. They also claim that the organization is “in crisis”. And if that’s not reason enough to celebrate, the Tampa Bay Times claims this suit is just the first in “a series” of lawsuits sailing David’s way. Although we might want to hold off on the Aftermath after-party until Tom Cruise gives us the all clear and agrees to bring the chips, but it’s a start.
Tampa Bay Times reports:
Doe was born into a Scientology family and lived at the church’s international spiritual headquarters in Clearwater from ages 6 to 12 as a member of the Cadet Org, the organization’s clergy for children. There she endured “military like conditions” where she worked and cleaned from 8 a.m. to midnight without proper schooling, according to the complaint.
At the age of 10, the complaint states Doe was subjected to Bullbaiting, a practice used to teach people how to not react to any insult, threat or inappropriate comment. The technique is taught to members learning how to conduct auditing, Scientology’s spiritual counseling where subjects are interrogated in order to clear their reactive mind, which the church says holds trauma and pain from past lives.
One of the bullbaiting tactics Jane alleges she endured was being forced to sit in a chair while “adults screamed things in her face such as, ‘I am going to fuck you and then your mother”. Remember, she was 10 (TEN!) years old at the time. At 15 Jane joined the Sea Org, moved to “Scientology Gold Base” in California and “became a steward for Miscavige, working with him personally seven days a week, according to the lawsuit”. The suit alleges that in 2005, Jane, who was privy to the “increasingly hostile” relationship between David and his wife Shelly Miscavige, was sent to “the hole” where she was held in isolation because she knew too much.
After three months in the Hole and three months of manual labor, the lawsuit states Doe was assigned to work on promotional videos. The non-Scientologist actors on sets became her only connection to the outside world.
Eventually, after being threatened with “disconnection” from her brother and mother, Jane had had enough and escaped “by hiding in the trunk of a non-Scientologist actor’s car as it left Gold Base”. If you’ve seen season 3 of Scientology and the Aftermath you’ve seen Jane Doe. After her escape from the church, she went on to work for Leah. I probably don’t need to tell you that the COS engaged in a smear campaign against Jane which included the operation of a web site dedicated to discrediting her, as cited in the suit. She also claimed that she was “stalked, surveilled and followed”. Naturally, the COS responded with some rude statement implying she asked for it and invoking the First Amendment.
The TBT says that the subsequent suits against the church will be filed “on behalf of defectors who say they suffered a range of exploitation from child abuse, human trafficking and forced labor to revenge tactics related to the church’s Fair Game policy“. You know what, we don’t need any of Tom Cruise’s stale ass chip crumbs to celebrate. No reason we can’t get ready for the Aftermath after-party now by picking out our outfits and getting matching FU COS stiletto manicures with Leah.