Monique Rathbun files motion for contempt against Scientology defendants - 2014-02-24
On Friday, Monique Rathbun upped the ante on her objections about Scientology's legal behavior by filing a motion for contempt in her harassment lawsuit against the church and its leader, David Miscavige.
Previously, she had filed a motion for sanctions, complaining that Scientology was holding back evidence that she was entitled to. Now, she's gathered more proof that the church is holding back documents, editing video it is required to turn over, and otherwise engaging in "dirty tricks" that she charges is a traditional part of Scientology's long litigation history.
In the motion, Monique Rathbun puts her struggles getting documentation from Scientology in the context of Scientology's record of litigation tactics, and even reaches back to Scientology's notorious "Guardian Office," the church's spy wing that was involved in a four-year-long infiltration of the US government in the 1970s, resulting in the prosecution of 11 top Scientology officials.