Blog: Empty Threats: Church of Scientology Legal Threat Letters to Vanity Fair and CNN - 2014-08-05

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F0.png Empty Threats: Church of Scientology Legal Threat Letters to Vanity Fair and CNN August 5, 2014, Jeffrey Augustine, Scientology Money Project

1. August 16, 2012: Church of Scientology attorney Jeffrey K. Riffer of Elkins, Kalt, Weintraub, Reuben, Gartside LLP, sent a legal threat letter to Graydon Carter, Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine. The threat was an attempt to kill a story about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Vanity Fair ignored the threat. Written by Maureen Orth, What Katie Didn't Know appeared in the October 2012 edition of Vanity Fair.

2. January 21, 2013: Church of Scientology attorney Jeffrey K. Riffer of Elkins, Kalt, Weintraub, Reuben, Gartside LLP, sent a legal threat letter to David C. Vigilante, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel of Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. as counsel for CNN. The threat was an attempt to kill Anderson Cooper's 360 piece on the culture of physical violence inside the Church of Scientology, particularly as described in Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear. CNN ignored the threat. Inside the Church of Scientology aired on January 23, 2013.