Blog: USC Part 2: Dr. Cecil Murray Did Not Write the Letter to CEO Bob Iger of Disney; Scientology's Website Disagrees - 2019-02-09
USC's Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray speaking at the dedication of the Church of Scientology Inglewood. Murray has been associated with the Church of Scientology for 25 years.
The letter is dated December 13, 2018. Dr. Murray's letter asks Disney CEO Bob Iger to cancel Leah Remini's show Scientology and the Aftermath. We sent an e-mail to USC Media Rep Ron Mackovich concerning Murray's letter on January 29, 2019 and received no response. As covered by Tony Ortega today, the University of Southern California issued a denial that Dr. Cecil Murray wrote the letter of December 13, 2018. The USC denial came about after Robin Athlyn Thompson sent a letter to USC and expressed her concerns. Thompson's letter was effective because she understands branding and addressed her letter to USC public relations department in charge of trademarks. Thompson asked if USC would indeed allow its trademark to be used by Dr. Murray to advocate for the censorship of Leah Remini's television program. Robin's letter shows the importance of knowing exactly where to focus a letter in a large bureaucracy such as USC. We congratulate Robin for her expert skills in identifying where to send her letter. Our e-mail to USC Media Relations was ineffective. USC's VP of PR and Marketing Brenda Maceo responded to Robin Athlyn Thompson: