An anonymous woman is suing the Church of Scientology–and her allegations are truly shocking! Here’s what you need to know about the ‘bombshell’ lawsuit.
A woman known only as Jane Doe filed the suit against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, on June 18. Us Weekly delivered the shocking details of the suit, which includes accusations of kidnapping, abuse, and human trafficking.
The official filing states that “[t]he Church of Scientology presents a facade to the outside world to disguise what, in reality, is nothing more than a cult built on mind control.”
Jane Doe–who was raised in the church and claims to have been “a personal steward” to Miscavige as the age of 15–claims to have been sent to “the Hole” in 2015. That’s the alleged site where troublesome members are kept isolated against their will.
The Church of Scientology is well-known for its ruthless defense against legal accusations as well as the public claims of former members such as Leah Remini. “We are confident the lawsuit will fail. The church will vigorously defend itself against these unfounded allegations,” the church’s lawyers told Us Weekly.
Tom Cruise is doubtlessly the best-known Scientologist. Other outspoken members include John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, as well as Kirstie Alley. However, some other big names in Hollywood are quietly involved with the church. Handmaid’s Tale star Elizabeth Moss is a lifelong member, as is musician Beck, actress Jenna Elfman, and the voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright.
An unnamed insider told Us Weekly that Cruise is not just the poster boy for Scientology–he’s also intimately involved with the day-to-day running of the secretive church.
“[T]here’s very little he doesn’t know. He and David are like brothers united in their religious devotion. If David is ordering this kind of harassmenton people trying to leave the church, Tom would likely see it.”
Scientology has weathered an increasing number of accusations and high-profile defections in the last few years. The shocking HBO documentary Going Clear revealed details about a forced labor camp in 2017. Leah Remini, who left the church in 2013, has dedicated herself to exposing the alleged abuses that she and other members of the group endured.
According to Tony Ortega, a well-known blogger who has been investigating Scientology for years, this latest lawsuit might just be the key to bringing down the church. He claims that “the church is in crisis” due to dwindling numbers and the growing public awareness of what happens behind closed doors.
It’s interesting to note that this suit comes shortly after the guilty verdict for Nxivm leader Keith Raniere for many of the same charges. Raniere was found guilty of human trafficking as part of his celebrity-focused self-help sex cult. At least one testimony from former members of Nxivm compared it to Scientology.