Blog: Dave the Octopus - 2016-04-26

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F376.png Dave the Octopus April 26, 2016, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It

This is an excerpt of the vacuous legal threat letter sent to the UK publisher of Ron Miscavige's book, Ruthless. Tony Ortega published the letter on his blog today. It also mentions letters sent to the US publishers (which have not yet been made public). No doubt the assault from high-paid lawyers aimed at the US publishers has been even more concerted than this limp Johnsons effort. Hopefully those letters, and the ones inevitably sent to ABC, will all be made available at some point to document once again the emptiness of their threats.

But two particular sentences caught my eye among the other guff and shots in the dark contained in the letter.

This book represents the malicious fabrications of a disaffected former member of the Church who has had no meaningful relationship with our client since our client left home at age sixteen to pursue his life in the Church. Indeed, quite apart from the fundamental inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the book, it can be established as a matter of factual record that the author was not, and could not have been, present at many of the events of which he claims to have first-hand knowledge.