Kathy Slevin, sister who attacked Paul Haggis on behalf of Scientology, dies at 60 - 2016-10-24
Last year, when Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear opened at theaters and then aired on HBO, Scientology leader David Miscavige struck back in a very characteristic way — with websites and videos denouncing Gibney and the people who appeared in the film.
Chief among them was Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning writer and director who had left Scientology after 30 years and was the subject of Lawrence Wright's 2011 New Yorker profile and then the book that the film was based on. Haggis was singled out for one of the harshest acts of retaliation. His sister, television writer and producer Kathy Slevin, appeared in a video at one of Scientology's websites, accusing her brother of being a lifelong "con man" who was taking advantage of Wright and Gibney by pretending to be more involved in Scientology than he actually had been. She also said Haggis had only agreed to be interviewed by Wright as a cunning way to get himself profiled in the New Yorker.
We remember seeing the video when it first appeared, and how uncomfortable it was to watch. What Slevin said about her brother wasn't credible in the slightest, and it was disturbing to see the way Scientology was using her to try and harm Haggis's reputation.