Church of Scientology sued for kidnapping, human trafficking and stalking
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June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 5:57 PM EDT
General view of the Church of Scientology community centre in the neighborhood of South Los Angeles on June 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige have been sued for false imprisonment, kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking and other shocking allegations in a bombshell lawsuit obtained by RadarOnline.com.
In court papers obtained from Superior Court of California, the Plaintiff, who is listed as an unnamed Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit on June 18, 2019.
She is suing the church and its leader for false imprisonment, kidnapping, stalking, libel, slander, constructive invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to provide days of rest and meal periods, fraudulent inducement of employment, negligent misrepresentation and negligence.
“The Church of Scientology presents a façade to the outside world to disguise what in reality is nothing more than a cult built on mind control and destruction of the independence and self-control of those drawn into its sphere,” the lawsuit alleged.
She claimed members are subject to “physical, verbal, psychological, emotions and/or sexual abuse and/or assault.”
Anyone who speaks out against Church of Scientology is deemed a “suppressive person” or an “enemy,” the Plaintiff claimed. Members are directed to injure or destroy that person by any means, she claimed.
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The Plaintiff alleged Church of Scientology, whose high-profile members include Tom Cruise and John Travolta, believes all are immortal and reincarnated. Because of this belief, the lawsuit claims, children are treated as though they are adults in the body of a child. Children are often separated from their parents.
“Even children who are brave enough to come forward are forbidden from contacting law enforcement, nor are they treated as victims at all,” the Plaintiff alleged of instances of child abuse. “Instead, they are led to believe that they have done something wrong and must have done something to incite such abuse.”
Children have been forced to apologize to their abuser for the children’s “role in their sexual abuse,” the Plaintiff claimed.
Phones in Church of Scientology facilities are even incapable of dialing 911, she alleged.
“During auditing sessions, children have been asked to relate great details any sexual experiences they may have had, including explicit details of masturbation,” the papers claim.
The lawsuit then claimed how Church of Scientology engages in forced labour of adults and children, as men, women and children are allegedly forced to work 100 hour weeks for below minimum wage.
“Church of Scientology has removed children as young as nine years old from their homes, asked to sign employment contracts and put them to work,” the lawsuit read. “Pregnant women have been coerced into terminating their pregnancies to allow them to work longer and harder hours, as pregnancy is viewed as a hindrance.”
The conditions have forced members to flee, even hiding in trunks or drinking bleach, the lawsuit claimed.
The Plaintiff was born into Scientology to Scientologist parents. From ages 6 to 12, she lived at the Spiritual Headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.
She was a member of Cadet Org, which is for children of the most dedicated members. She was subject to “military-like conditions,” where she would work and clean from 8am to midnight, she alleges.
At 10 years old, she claimed she was subject to bullbaiting, where members, including children, are “trained not to react to harassment, verbal assault, threats and/or sexually explicit and inappropriate comments.”
Adults would allegedly say vulgar and sexually explicit things and punish the children if they showed visible reaction.
She claimed adults screamed in her face, “I am going to f— you and then your mother” and “You are going to suck my d—.”
She was forced to work from when she was 15 years old until she escaped with not a single day off, she claimed. She alleged that she did not receive breaks or legally mandated meals until late at night. The work was “laborious and back-breaking.”
At 15, she became a member of Sea Org and moved to Church of Scientology headquarters in California. She was there for 12-13 years. Members were allegedly forced to sign a billion-year contract dedicating their lives to Church of Scientology. Children were allegedly paid $15 a week, while adults were paid $46.
She claimed she worked closely with Miscavige, seeing him seven days a week.
“In late Summer 2005, Miscavige became increasingly hostile and verbally abusive towards his wife, Shelly Miscavige,” the papers read. “Eventually, David Miscavige had Shelly removed from the main office as his secretary/assistant in the Gold Base. Jane Doe, because of her connection to Shelly Miscavige, at the age of 26, was punished by being removed from her position as steward and forced into the ‘Hole.’”
The ‘Hole’ is solitary confinement before allegedly being forced to do physical and manual labour. Hole individuals were allegedly completely cut off from the outside world.
“Approximately, six months after being placed in the ‘Hole,’ while performing hard labour, Jane Doe witnessed a dark-coloured tinted vehicle pull up to the main building,” she claimed. “Thereafter, unidentified men dragged Shelly Miscavige, who was crying and visibly distraught, out of the building and put her in the car. Shelly Miscavige has never been seen or heard from again.”
The church has repeatedly denied any claims regarding Shelly.
The Plaintiff claimed to have suffered mentally and contemplated suicide.
In an effort to escape, she hid in the trunk of a non-Scientologist to leave Gold Base. She returned in fear of losing connection with her family.
She claimed she was then treated like a prisoner, as she had a ‘handler’ accompanying her to the bathroom.
In 2017, she left Scientology and began working for former member Leah Remini, who, as Radar readers know, has spoken out against the church. The Plaintiff was deemed a suppressive person.
Jane Doe was featured in an episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
The Plaintiff accused members of stalking her following her escape and work with Remini.
“Beginning in 2017 through June of 2018, Defendants and their agents have followed Jane Doe while she was driving,” she said.
The Plaintiff is seeking a jury trial and damages.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report on the story.
The Church of Scientology did not respond to Radar’s request for comment.