David Miscavige in Miami sex abuse lawsuit: Catch me if you can, suckers - 2020-01-16
The national legal team suing Scientology in three important lawsuits has asked a Miami court for more time — up to May 15, if necessary — because they still haven't located David Miscavige to serve notice to the Scientology leader in a suit alleging a cover-up of child sexual abuse. The request was granted by Circuit Court Judge Veronica Diaz yesterday.
The legal team filed two big cases against Scientology and Miscavige in Los Angeles last summer, and in those cases the attorneys for Miscavige and the church filed complaints that the service of court papers was "fraudulent." The church even asked for sanctions, and hearings on those motions will be heard in February and March. Those two cases involve Miscavige's former steward, Valerie Haney, and another lawsuit filed by four women who say they were harassed after coming forward with rape allegations against Scientologist actor Danny Masterson.
In Miami, meanwhile, the legal team filed a third lawsuit on behalf of a woman using the name Jane Doe who says that as a child as young as 11, she was sexually abused while she was working for the church in places like Florida and Venezuela.