Scientology's 2013 in review: Courtroom antics reported live and on the spot! - 2013-12-30
We're continuing our year in review here at the Underground Bunker and we've reached September and October, when legal matters really came to the fore — and sent your proprietor around the country for some eyewitness dramatics!
September started out with yet another surprise: Scientology leader David Miscavige filed a personal declaration in an attempt to get himself removed as a defendant in Monique Rathbun's harassment lawsuit. It had been about 20 years since the last time Miscavige made a similar filing, and it gave us an indication of just how seriously Monique's lawsuit was being taken by the church. A few days later Monique fired back with a declaration by her husband Marty Rathbun, making it clear that they believed Miscavige had lied in his sworn statement.
On September 2, we published one of our longer pieces here at the Bunker this year, an emotional tale about a young Australian couple torn apart by Scientology. Yannus Sufandi asked for the help of several ex-Scientologists to hold an intervention at the home of Tiziano Lugli for his girlfriend, Manuela Oliveira, and we just happened to be there. Last we heard, Manuela was still in Scientology's Sea Org, but had moved to Sydney.