Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email - 2012-01-30

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F7.png Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email January 30, 2012, Joe Childs, Tampa Bay Times

The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church's aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where Cook lives — reveals that the church paid Cook and her husband, Wayne Baumgarten, $50,000 each to remain silent about their time on church staff.

Cook, 50, worked 17 years as the church's top official in Clearwater, Scientology's worldwide spiritual headquarters. Serving in the post of "captain," she presided over an operation that brought in more than $1.7 billion for the church during that time.


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