A Texas judge has ruled that Scientology leader David Miscavige must submit to a deposition in a lawsuit filed against the “church” (read: organized crime family) by one of the innumerable people who have been victim of their illegal and repulsive tactics against their critics.
Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige must submit to a deposition in a lawsuit filed against him and two church entities by Monique Rathbun, wife of high-profile church critic Marty Rathbun, a Texas judge ordered Friday.
The ruling was a blow to Scientology’s legal team, which had tried to keep Miscavige distanced from the contentious action. Miscavige has testified in only a handful of cases during his 27 years as the church’s leader…
The 53-year-old leader, who rarely is seen in public, focuses solely on Scientology’s ecclesiastical matters, church lawyers said. He had no connection, his lawyers said, to what Rathbun describes in her suit as a three-year campaign of surveillance and harassment directed at her and her husband.
Forcing Miscavige to testify also would run afoul of First Amendment guarantees of the free exercise of religion, church lawyers said.
But Rathbun contends Miscavige supervised the church’s tactics. Her lead attorney, Ray Jeffrey of San Antonio, argued Miscavige is a central figure in the case, that he micro-manages church operations and that Rathbun’s team has a right to question him about any ties he may have had to the allegations in her suit. Comal County District Judge Dib Waldrip agreed.
He’ll lie under oath, of course, or plead the fifth. If he told the truth, he’d end up in prison. There have now been so many former members of the church, journalists and investigators who have been harassed and bullied by the church that one would have to be delusional to not see the reality.