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Reports: Scientology Sued by Ex Member

Reports: Scientology Sued by Ex Member
Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige in a 2017 handout photo (Church of Scientology via Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 20 June 2019 09:46 PM

A former member of the Church of Scientology reportedly is suing the church, claiming she was subjected to harassment and solitary confinement.

The church is calling the reported suit a "shameful publicity stunt."

The woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," reportedly is claiming she was targeted because of her work on the A&E series, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Blast reported that the woman grew up as a member of the church in Clearwater, Florida. She reportedly was as a member of the church's former Cadet Org and claims she was made to work and clean from 8 a.m. until midnight, reported The Blast, which said it had obtained court documents. She later was transferred to California and began working with church leader David Miscavige, according to the website.

"The complaint alleges that beginning at age six, Doe was subjected to constant interrogation, abuse, harassment, and indoctrination by the Church of Scientology and its members" said a press release posted on the website of journalist Tony Ortega, who has written extensively about Scientology.

"Doe alleges that she was forced to work under inhumane conditions for little pay in various para-military branches of Scientology pursuant to the ‘billion-year contract’ she was forced to sign.

"She was subject to solitary confinement and threats. She ultimately escaped Scientology in 2017. After she left, Doe states that after speaking out against Scientology, she was subjected to persistent public attacks, which included innumerable false statements published online and on social media."

The Hollywood Reporter said the woman, after leaving the church, began working for Remini. The Blast noted Remini, who also left the church, is an outspoken critic of Scientology.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Scientology said: "The Church of Scientology International has not received the complaint, but from what we have seen in the press, this is another shameful publicity stunt by Leah Remini and one of her employees."

Rebecca Kaufman, an attorney representing the church, called the allegations utterly "unfounded."

"We are confident the lawsuit will fail," Kaufman said in an email to Newsmax. "Federal courts have already determined that service in the Church of Scientology’s religious order is voluntary and protected by the First Amendment. Moreover, the evidence will establish that while serving the Church, Plaintiff came and went freely, traveled the world, and lived in comfortable surroundings. The Church will vigorously defend itself against these unfounded allegations."

Brian Kent, Doe's Philadelphia lawyer, provided Newsmax with a copy of the lawsuit and said he expects to file additional suits in “various jurisdictions” on behalf of others who have similar claims against Scientology.

"Our client is one of many children exploited and abused by Scientology," he said. "She just wants to put an end to these practices."

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