Former Church Member Awarded $30 Million in Jury Verdict - 1986-07-23
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Scientologists vowed to fight a $30 million jury award to a man who said his 11-year membership in the church had brought him financial and emotional ruin.
The Rev. Ken Hoden, a Church of Scientology official, said up to 10,000 Scientologists would gather at the downtown courthouse today to protest the jury's finding for Larry Wollersheim, 37.
"For 20 weeks, the beliefs of the church were dragged through the mud in a mocking manner and we are not going to put up with it," Hoden said after the decision Tuesday.