The Church of Scientology, Vanity Fair and an astonishing lawyer's letter - 2012-09-10

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F33.png The Church of Scientology, Vanity Fair and an astonishing lawyer's letter September 10, 2012, Helen Lewis, New Statesman

In its most recent issue, Vanity Fair published a piece by Maureen Orth on the Church of Scientology, which encompassed the relationship between its leader, David Miscavige, and its most famous adherent, Tom Cruise.

The magazine put 32 questions to the Church (and if you think that's a lot, remember the New Yorker asked it 1,000 queries for its mega-long profile of Paul Haggis, "The Apostate").

The questions elicited a furious response, delivered via Jeffrey K. Riffer, of the law firm Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP. The Church has posted the missive on its media response site [PDF].

It is quite unlike any lawyer's letter I have ever seen before. Here are some extracts:

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Helen | last = Lewis | title = The Church of Scientology, Vanity Fair and an astonishing lawyer's letter | url = https://web.archive.org/web/20121105055631/https://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/helen-lewis/2012/09/church-scientology-vs-vanity-fair | work = New Statesman | date = September 10, 2012 | accessdate = April 13, 2021 }}