Or tried to. A former top executive with the “Church” of Scientology has revealed that the organization tried to dig up dirt on Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, after they made an episode making fun of the group’s weird beliefs.
Another interesting revelation at Marty Rathbun’s blog this morning: Rathbun released what he said was an internal Scientology document which suggests that the church targeted Trey Parker and Matt Stone for a classic OSA investigation in retaliation for the infamous South Park episode that exposed the religion’s bizarre upper-level teachings.
Rathbun tells me this initial document is just the beginning of a trove that describes how Scientology investigated Parker and Stone over a significant period after the duo deeply embarrassed the church with its 2005 episode, “Trapped in the Closet.” …
The document he revealed today suggests that Scientology had identified Parker and Stone’s close friends, and was examining public records on those people, looking for a vulnerability.
“To find a direct line into Stone and Parker some of their friends have been identified,” reads the document, which reads like a typical OSA report on an ongoing investigation. The church’s information allegedly was coming from Eric Sherman, a film consultant who Rathbun identifies as a Scientologist (the Voice is attempting to reach him), and who had talked with Troma Studio’s Lloyd Kaufman for information about Parker and Stone.
Several friends to the South Park duo are then identified: writer Matthew Prager (That’s My Bush), actor John Stamos, actress Rebecca Romijn, and writer David Goodman.
“These connections are being PRC’d,” reads the document, and Rathbun explains that the acronym stands for “public records check.” Scientology’s standard procedure would be to put its private eyes on a complete check of these people and their property, legal, and other public records. If they owed taxes, or had been in messy divorces, or had been arrested, Scientology would soon know about it.
“There are some strings that will be pulled on the PRC on Stone,” the document reads, suggesting that investigators had already found something about Matt Stone in public records that would make him vulnerable.
“Otherwise the special collections will be debugged in order to get some viable strings that can be pulled,” the document then reads, and Rathbun explains that “special collections” is Scientology’s code for trash digging.
This is the standard M.O. of Scientology and has been for a long time. A second set of documents reveals that Scientology tried to get a mole inside the South Park operation to spy on the two.