Issues are usually not trying good for the Church of Scientology because it faces one more lawsuit for alleged harassment from a former follower — however the controversial group is just not backing down so simply.
“They take these lawsuits very critically,” Scientology critic and Underground Bunker blogger Tony Ortega explains within the new problem of Us Weekly, noting that its chief, David Miscavige, “loves a great struggle. He’s going to place his finest attorneys and a tremendous sum of money on it.”
Most not too long ago, the group, which incorporates A-list supporters like Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Moss, made headlines for its ongoing warfare towards former Scientologist Valerie Haney.
On January 30, a choose granted the church’s movement to take Haney’s case to arbitration. (She is accusing the establishment and Miscavige of kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking, false imprisonment, libel, invasion of privateness and intentional infliction of emotional misery.)
Legal professionals for the church, nevertheless, say Haney signed paperwork whereas nonetheless a member — and shortly earlier than she formally left in 2017 — agreeing to resolve disputes internally with the church. (The church has additionally repeatedly and vehemently denied Haney’s claims, slamming her lawsuit as baseless.)
And now that Haney’s case is not going to be heard in a courtroom of regulation, she must face the members of the church’s inner courtroom system referred to as “A Committee of Proof.” “The choice is made earlier than anybody walks by the door,” explains Ortega. “Everybody is aware of it’s a joke. It’s not actual justice.”
Don’t anticipate movie star followers to show their again on the establishment both. It’s unlikely Cruise or different high-profile members will distance themselves from the controversial group anytime quickly, says a supply.
So if Haney goes to wish to come out triumphant, she and her authorized crew are going to should put up a struggle. “I believe generally attorneys go into this considering, ‘Oh I can deal with these guys,’” provides Ortega. “However they actually don’t know that Scientology fights every part prefer it’s World Struggle III.”
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