Church of Scientology drops Bexar suit against ex-member - 2012-04-25
Debbie Cook, who received $50,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement when she left the Florida-based organization in 2007, violated that agreement with a mass email on New Year's Eve that disparaged church practices, the lawsuit contended.
But the suit became almost a textbook example of how litigation can sometimes backfire after Cook was called to the witness stand for a pre-trial injunction hearing in February and, with a courtroom full of reporters, outlined under oath a history of alleged oddities and abuses by the church.
The allegations included seven weeks of captivity in "The Hole," where Cook said she slept on the floor, was fed "slop," was coerced into giving false confessions and was beaten, according to previous Express-News reports. She was also forced to stand in a garbage can for 12 hours as water was poured over her head and watched as another man was ordered to lick a bathroom floor clean, she said during four hours of testimony.