#1 Report: Tom Cruise Named in $250M Suit Against Scientology07-31-2008, 11:51 AM
Report: Tom Cruise Named in $250M Suit Against Scientology
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tom Cruise is named in a $250 million federal lawsuit that is using the RICO statute against the Church of Scientology, the New York Daily News reports.
Ex-Scientologist Peter Letterese, a longtime critic of the church, filed suit in Southern District Court in Florida on July 15 alleging, among other things, that members of the church harassed him after he left.
Letterese calls the church a "crime syndicate" and wants it broken up under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization law, just as the feds have broken up Mafia families.
He singles out Cruise, saying that Scientology head David Miscavage is "aided and abetted by the actions of Tom Cruise, his right-hand man for foreign and domestic promotion, as well as for foreign and domestic lobbying. He has assisted the syndicate in acquiring funds and [made] his own donations of money believed to be in the multiple tens of millions of dollars."
noonwitchGuest07-31-2008, 01:54 PM
Interesting attempted application of RICO laws.
I don't see Cruise or any of the members of the group to be criminals, though. I also don't want to call them victims, either, although Scientology is a scam and a manipulative cult.
07-31-2008, 03:09 PMNothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.
SonnabendGuest07-31-2008, 05:51 PMEx-Scientologist Peter Letterese, a longtime critic of the church, filed suit in Southern District Court in Florida on July 15 alleging, among other things, that members of the church harassed him after he left.
Scientology is a ruthless criminal organisation whose members have in the past been convicted of any number of felonies.
On July 8, 1977, based on information from Meisner, the FBI raided Church of Scientology properties in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. alleging that Scientology officials from 1974 through 1976 conspired to steal documents belonging to the Federal Government and conspired to obstruct justice by covering up these crimes during a grand jury investigation for a burglary of the office of an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S.Courthouse in Washington, D.C. About 90,000 pages of documents, burglary tools and eavesdropping equipment were seized in the raid. Scientologists dressed in clerical garb stood around during the raid to be included in press photos in an attempt to portray themselves as a persecuted religion.
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