Scientology leader close to Tom Cruise accused of hitting senior members of church - 2009-06-22
The leader of the Church of Scientology hit senior member of the religion, four former high-ranking executives have claimed.
The four who have since left the organisation said they saw David Miscavige, chairman of the board that oversees the church, strike staff members dozens of times, often without warning.
'It was random and whimsical. It could be the look on your face. Or not answering a question quickly. But it always was a punishment,' said Mike Rinder, who oversaw the church's legal and media relations operations.