The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 11: Gary Soter - 2020-10-18
Calabasas, California attorney Gary Soter has turned up numerous times in our stories as a legal water carrier for Scientology. We couldn't help picking him out in the New Braunfels, Texas courtroom when he was the tallest attorney in the room, towering over the rest of the lawyer scrum representing the church in its battle against Monique Rathbun. At one point, he showed a flash of anger that a reporter was taking photos in his direction, and he was quite intimidating. But there was nothing he could do about it, it was a public hearing after all.
It was also Soter who had Valerie Haney sign an agreement when she left Scientology, and it came up in her lawsuit that she felt frightened because Soter was accompanied by an armed guard. Scientology denied that this was true.
Soter tried to get attorney Ray Jeffrey in trouble by filing a bar complaint against him that was dismissed. And Soter also jumped into the breach to defend Scientology against Leah Remini and her claims that the church was interfering with her TV series.