The Church of Scientology, and leader David Miscavige, have been sued for kidnapping, stalking, false imprisonment, and human trafficking.
The lawsuit, which has been revealed in court papers filed on June 18th, lists the plaintiff as Jane Doe to protect her identity. The attorneys for the former Scientologist who has filed the suit have stated that this is one of multiple suits that be brought against the church and its leader.
The unnamed plaintiff is suing the church and Miscavige 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 lawsuit accuses the church of presenting “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.”
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.
According to details in the suit, "Jane Doe" was raised from birth in the church. When she was 15-years-old she became a personal steward for Miscavige.
The church identifies Miscavige as the "ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion."
Scientology, which has become famous for its ties to some Hollywood actors, is a religion launched in 1952 by author L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard first developed a program of ideas called Dianetics. His Dianetics Foundation soon entered bankruptcy, though, and Hubbard lost the rights to Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. He then rebranded his ideas as a religion and renamed it Scientology. Within a year, he regained the rights to Dianetics and retained both subjects under the umbrella of the Church of Scientology.
The church has generated a lot of controversy over the years. They have been involved in everything from conflicts with governments to criminal behavior, violence, and intimidation.
The church has been under more and more pressure in recent years though. Leah Remini, who left the church in 2013, has worked hard to investigate the church and expose its darker side to the public.
I hope that this lawsuit, and whatever others may follow, as alluded to by Jane Doe's lawyers, will give others the courage to pursue action against the church. This kind of dangerous lunacy needs to be confronted. Protecting future young women from becoming the next targets of maniacal religious charlatans like Miscavige needs to be a priority.