In a long-delayed piece in Village Voice, Tony Ortega reveals the details of the tactics and loss of the Church of Scientology in a case against former member Lawrence Wollersheim. After allegedly blocking access to public documents and filing retaliatory lawsuits, the church finally paid $8,674,843 to cover the $2.5 million judgment and the interest it had accrued. Among the court documents that the Court sought to withhold was this picture of Scientology leader David Miscavige, in his full Sea Org outfit, the most secret part of the secretive organization.
Much of the litigation was fought over access to documents and secrets in the Church, including its belief that every human carries parts of the the souls of alien creatures banished to Earth 75 million years ago by a galactic overlord named Xenu. It is a belief that was developed by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who developed a faith based on “Dianetics.”
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