Scientology Leader David Miscavige Files Declaration in Texas Lawsuit - 2013-09-01
It's not every day that we get to hear directly from David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology.
When we see or hear his words, it tends to be in speeches that he gives to other Scientologists at church events. We also suspect that he often writes some of the public pronouncements that Scientology puts out under the name of its international spokeswoman, Karin Pouw. But words for public consumption under Miscavige's own signature are very rare, and tend only to occur in court declarations. As far as we can tell, the last one he made was in 1999.
And that's why we think it's a pretty big deal that this week, Miscavige submitted a declaration in the lawsuit filed August 16 by Monique Rathbun, a lawsuit which alleges that Miscavige and Scientology have orchestrated a four-year harassment campaign against her simply because she is married to Mark "Marty" Rathbun, who was once Miscavige's top lieutenant before he became an outspoken critic of the church.