Scientology Asks for Protection in Texas; ALSO: Lawrence Wright a Finalist for Nat'l Book Award - 2013-10-16
Scientology doesn't want Monique Rathbun to share information with her husband Marty The next phase of Monique Rathbun's harassment lawsuit against Scientology leader David Miscavige will involve some blockbuster depositions from the likes of actress Leah Remini and former church spokesman Tommy Davis, but for now the two sides are stuck on a question of confidentiality. And surprisingly, Scientology is trying to make an argument it just lost in the same case.
As we reported earlier, Judge Dib Waldrip moved the next hearing in the lawsuit to December 11, giving both sides more time to schedule depositions as they gather evidence to argue over jurisdictional issues. Miscavige has asked to be removed from the suit, saying that he has only a limited role in the church and has had nothing to do with activities in Texas. Monique's side disagrees, and at the December 11 hearing, both sides will be presenting evidence that should make for another fascinating day in court.
In the meantime, the two sides were supposed to agree on a protective order, and Ray Jeffrey expected that they would settle on standard language used in Western Texas courts.