Church of Scientology Survived Decades of Battles With PM-Scientology Protest - 1985-05-21
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Church of Scientology has battled with the Internal Revenue Service and fought lawsuits filed by former members in the two decades since it was founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
The wealthy church has claimed up to 6 million members worldwide since the height of the movement in the early to mid-1970s. Defectors put the number at closer to 2 million.
At its peak, the church reportedly earned $100 million annually.