Scientology's newest attack on Ron Miscavige: Could his son David be any whinier? - 2016-05-23
It's been nearly three weeks since bookstores received Ron Miscavige's memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, and the news about it is finally dying down. The book has fallen off the New York Times bestseller charts after debuting at #1 in ebook nonfiction. But its rankings at Amazon are still healthy and we expect it will continue to sell well for quite a long time.
Meanwhile, Ron's son, Scientology church leader David Miscavige, is continuing to hit back. You probably received the same email we did this morning from one of Scientology's proxies, directing us to the newest salvo at a website set up by the church to attack Ron and his book. This time, it takes aim at an attempted rape charge stemming from a 1984 incident which we told you months ago would be a focus of the church's "Fair Game" operation against Ron.
In January 2012, Philly.com reporter Jason Nark wrote an excellent piece about David Miscavige's background in New Jersey, near Philadelphia. In that piece, Nark got his hands on the original court documents in Ron's criminal case, and he found that it involved a torn blouse and an identification of Ron that the judge threw out, along with the case. But here's the important part. When Nark asked the Church of Scientology for its comment on the case, it characterized Ron Miscavige as a "victim" in that prosecution. (Ron at that time was still working and living at Scientology's secretive "Int Base" near Hemet, California. He and his wife Becky didn't make their escape from the base for another two months, on March 25, 2012.)