Former Scientologists Level Accusations

High-Level Members Who Left the Church Say Leader David Miscavige Hit Subordinates; Church Denies Accusations

Since its inception in the 1950s, the Church of Scientology has rarely been far from controversy.

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And now some senior insiders who have left the church are leveling disturbing accusations against the current leader, David Miscavige.

Marty Rathbun, Amy Scobee, Bruce Hines and Mike Rinder each dedicated more than 20 years to the Church of Scientology, as members of the Sea Organization, or Sea Org, the equivalent of the church’s clergy.

They tell co-anchor Martin Bashir they left in part because the 49-year-old leader, Miscavige, struck subordinates numerous times and encouraged others to do the same.

In an interview with Bashir, scientology spokesman Tommy Davis vehemently denies that David Miscavige ever hit anyone and says the accusers are lying in an attempt to discredit Miscavige and to justify their own bad behavior within the church, which he says led to their dismissal.

– Source / Full Story: Former Scientologists Level Accusations, ABC Nightline, Oct. 22, 2009– Summarized by Religion News Blog

Note: The Church of Scientology is notorious for its unethical behavior — especially toward its critics, who are subjected to the cult’s dead agenting and fair game tactics.

See Also

ABC Nightline on Scientology
St. Petersburg Times exposes Scientology to daylight
More Church of Scientology defectors come forward with accounts of abuse

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