The Marty Rathbun Affidavit: Scientology Leader David Miscavige Lied To Texas Court - The Underground Bunker
By Tony Ortega
Last night, stunning new documents were filed in Monique Rathbun’s lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.
New defendants have been added to the lawsuit, which is heading for a temporary injunction hearing a week from today. But the real fireworks come in responses to a declaration filed last week by Miscavige in his attempt to be let out of the lawsuit.
Miscavige argued that he should be let out of the suit because he has only a limited role in Scientology, has conducted no activities in the state of Texas, and he has never even heard of one of his fellow defendants, a private investigator named Monty Drake.
We predicted that Miscavige might be stepping into some trouble with those statements — in our own reporting, we had talked to two men who said they worked directly for Miscavige and had conducted business for him in Texas.
And now, Monique Rathbun has brought the hammer down on Miscavige in the form of a lengthy affidavit by her husband, Mark “Marty” Rathbun, who worked closely with Miscavige as his top lieutenant for 17 years until 2004, when he left the church after a total of 27 years in Scientology. And in that time, Rathbun says, he carried out numerous operations in Texas for Miscavige, including a couple of schemes in the wake of the 1995 Florida death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson, who was from Dallas.
more at http://tonyortega.org/2013/09/05/marty-rathbun-affidavit-scientology-leader-david-miscavige-lied-to-texas-court/
~*~*~*~*~*~*~~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Woman Tells Scientology Boss to Knock It Off - Courthouse News
By ERIC DE LA GARZA
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (CN) - Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige harassed and intimidated the wife of the church's former No. 2 official so badly he drove her from her South Texas home and into seclusion - where he found her again, the woman claims in court.
Plaintiff Monique Rathbun, 41, claims the "notorious multi-billion dollar cult" worked around the clock for three years to destroy her after her husband, once Scientology's No. 2 man, spoke out against Miscavige.
Rathbun sued Miscavige, Steven Gregory Sloat, Monty Drake, the Religious Technology Center and the Church of Scientology in Comal County Court.
Comal County, north of San Antonio, is where Rathbun and her husband sought seclusion, which "was short-lived," she says in the lawsuit.
Rathbun claims Miscavige targeted her through the church's Office of Special Affairs (OSA), which "employs a cadre of lawyers, investigators, public relations personnel, and shady operatives to destroy anyone identified as an attacker of Scientology."
She claims it all started after her husband, Mark Rathbun, fled the church in 2004, after 27 years on the inside.
In 2009 her husband spoke out "against Mr. Miscavige's criminal mistreatment of Scientology clergy," Rathbun says in the complaint.
Since then she says: "She has been harassed, insulted, surveilled, photographed, videotaped, defamed, and humiliated to such a degree as to shock the conscience of any decent, law-abiding person. She has been subjected to numerous, aggressive attempts to intimidate her. Each and all of the defendants have participated enthusiastically in this abuse, without regard to Mrs. Rathbun's basic rights as a human being. She has been targeted at home, at work, and anywhere else that she happens to be."
more at http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/09/05/60863.htm