Scientology higher-up Debbie Cook gives details of torture, the Voice calls out Tom Cruise

Scientology Leader David Miscavige, a.k.a., “The Tiny Tyrant”

While celebrity Scientology members continue to bury their heads (and in Tom Cruise’s case, his lifts) in the sand, things are heating up in the potential civil war within the cult. In early January, Debbie Cook (a former high ranking member of the Scientology’s Sea Org and captain at Flag Service Org in Clearwater, Florida) sent out a mass email critiicizing leader David Miscavige’s fundraising practices to thousands of CO$ members. Cook, who remains a member in good standing, claims that her motivations in sending the email is to speak out against the leadership of Miscavige, whose methods Cook believes are diametrically opposed to the original doctrines of L. Ron Hubbard. If Miscaviage could possibly do so, he’d have had Cook knocked off for her public display of insubordiation. However and with the help of international press on her side, Cook remains physically safe for the time being, and even notorious “apostate” Mark Rathbun wrote that Cook was “not in imminent danger.

Here’s the thing — circumstances have been never been great for the lowly, non-famous members of the CO$. But thanks to the internet (and the collective power of Anonymous), the general public is more aware of the cult’s moneygrubbing practices, and people are far less likely to fall into this soul-sucking, life-altering trap. So it suffices to say that recruitment numbers are way down and very little revenue is tricking into Miscavige’s clutches. And he is not a happy camper, so punishments have increased over the past several years. Debbie Cook has now moved past the email stage and has now testified in court about how she was imprisoned in an ant-infested trailer for 45 days called “The Hole.” The Mail has the scoop:

A senior Scientologist was locked up, beaten and tortured by the controversial religion’s tyrannical leadership, a court has heard after an attempt by the Church to silence her spectacularly backfired.

Debbie Cook, who was one of the organisation’s most respected executives before she quit in 2007, testified that she was held for 45 days in a crowded, ant-infested trailer in the California desert.

The 50-year-old also claimed to have witnessed Scientology chairman David Miscavige, a friend of celebrity follower Tom Cruise, punch another senior executive in the face before wrestling him to the ground. And she told the court in San Antonio, Texas, that Mr Miscavige ordered his secretary to slap her, sending her tumbling into chairs.

Her testimony is hugely embarrassing for the Church, which took legal action to prevent her from revealing the exact details its lawsuit has now allowed her to expose in court. They claimed breach of a confidentiality agreement she signed when leaving the Church in 2007. The organisation then suddenly withdrew from the legal proceedings after Mrs Cook’s blistering testimony on the stand.

Mrs Cook claimed that in the summer of 2007 she was one of 100 Scientology executives imprisoned in a large trailer known as The Hole. Describing the conditions, she said: “It had bars on the windows and the one entrance was guarded by security 24 hours a day. The place was infested by ants, so ants would crawl on you, and there was a two-week period when the electricity had been shut off, as ordered by Mr Miscavige. This was of course in summer in the desert so the temperature was about 106F.”

Mrs Cook said she was forced to partake in “confession” sessions during which she stood in a dustbin for two hours while water was poured over her head and abuse screamed in her face. One senior executive who upset the Scientology leadership was made to lick a dirty floor for half an hour, she said.

Her court appearance comes after she sent a shock email denouncing Mr Miscavige to 12,000 Scientologists just minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day. She accused him of turning the Church into a tyrannical regime in direct conflict with the doctrine laid down by founder L Ron Hubbard in the 1950s.

Writing under a banner of “Keep Scientology Working,” Mrs Cook called out Mr Miscavige for “hoarding” more than $1billion acquired through fundraising and then spending millions on building unnecessary, lavish facilities that lie empty.

The Church applied for an injunction, claiming this email breached a confidentiality agreement she signed when leaving the organisation with a $50,000 pay-off in 2007.

But Mrs Cook told the court this had been signed under severe emotional duress, so broken was she after her treatment. She said: “I would have signed that I stabbed babies over and over again and loved it. I would have done anything.”

Followed everywhere she went, Mrs Cook said: “I called my mother and told her if I wasn’t out in three days to call the police.”

In her New Year’s email, Mrs Cook confirmed her continued commitment to the Church and called on her fellow worshippers to usher in an era of change.

It is thought that the reason she emailed thousands of worshippers was to get around the “long and harsh” disciplinary action endured by those who question Mr Miscavige’s methods. She claimed it was her conscience that caused her to speak out.

[From Daily Mail]

The Village Voice (always on the forefront of CO$ coverage) has more from Cook, who stated that her testimony thus far was “a very small sample of the physical abuse committed behind the closed doors of the International Scientology Base.” The CO$ asked the court for a temporary injunction (to keep Cook from talking until trial), which was denied. Since then, Cook has sat down for a video interview with the Voice as well. Several other details have emerged, including Cook’s terrifying description of the moment that she was taken prisoner (she was on the phone with Miscavige: “Somebody pried the window open, two big guys came in. Mr. Miscavige said on the phone, ‘Are they there?’ Yes, I said, they are. And he said, ‘Goodbye.’“) Cook also asserts that part of her torture included homophobic hazing as well.

Interestingly enough within the video interview with the Voice, Cook has stated that she still considers herself loyal to the teachings of Scientology that were originally laid out by L. Ron Hubbard. Her main problem is how the church is being run by Miscavige. This is a tricky subject, and if you’re interested in learning more about how Miscavige rose to power, I suggest that you read Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion. Among other topics, the book details how Miscavige — who started out as one of many messengers that served L. Ron Hubbard — managed to isolate the cult’s founder during a period of extended illness that led to his death. Through a series of convoluted, complex maneuvers, Miscavige managed to extract overriding authority from Hubbard to the point where he was allowed to assume leadership after Hubbard’s death. And because the CO$ has always been a hotbed of paranoia, nobody fully questioned Hubbard’s apparent decision to replace himself with little Napoleon boy.

Under Miscavige’s direction, treatment of Sea Org members (which were already bad) took a turn for the worse. David’s own niece, Jenna Miscavige, talked to Nightline a few years ago about how she endured a childhood of slave labor (14+ hour days, 7 days per week) and lived in fear every time she caught the sniffles because it resulted in massive interrogation over either being or having an association with a suppressive person. Defection has become an increasingly common occurrence, and high-profile ex-members like Jenna have helped inform the public of what really occurs within the cult. So it comes as no surprise that recruitment is down, which means that revenue has drastically fallen as well.

Meanwhile, The Voice has called out Tom Cruise in spectacular fashion in an Open Letter that’s well worth reading. I agree wholeheartedly, and it’s time for Tom to take the blinders off and face that his “religion” is really a cult. If Tom (and John Travolta) walked away from the CO$, that would truly set the wheels in motion for it to irrevocably crumble. It’s too bad that they’re too chickens-hit to leave their comfy roosts and do so.

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  1. NO SH¡T says:

    Tommy girl would never leave his cult

    • TrollyDolly says:

      Absolutely – he’d lose his free servants – cleaners, drivers, nannies, bodyguards, cooks – and of course his position of top dog celebrity in this VILE cult.

      • Deb says:

        They probably also have “dirt” on him from years of auditing sessions that he would not want made public.

    • paola says:

      They really are scary people!

    • Maguita says:

      Bedhead! Thank you for this!!! It is always fascinating to read, and you do tend to resume the situation perfectly!

      Tom Cruise CANNOT leave the church. It has been revealed that during his marriage to Nicole Kidman, who refused to become a Scientologist, he had attained one of the highest degrees in the church, where the biggest secret was to be revealed during a special “celebration”. When Tom finally learned of the secret, that is supposedly illuminating and gives proofs of Alien life, etc. His reaction was “Are you F-cking kidding me!”

      Apparently, the big secret was a big joke, and could not be taken seriously. And that is when he basically defected. For two years, he ignored the church and its pressures, until finally, they threatened him with revealing publicly all his secrets, and thus forced him back into the fold. That is why, 1- he had to separate from Kidman, who was considered a supressive, and 2- He started so publicly promoting Scientology.

      And that is also the reason why Nicole cannot see her kids. Even though she had shared custody agreement, from the moment her kids were able to make decisions, they had to follow CO$ rules and not be in contact with a supressive.

      As for John Travolta, the saddest thing is, after his son’s death, he came very close to defecting. And had, I believe, done everything in his power to be caught in gay sex acts, so that the church would have no choice but to let him go. He stopped hiding, and started behaving in such a manner as to get caught (saunas).

      All over sad.

      • Jane says:

        If all of that is true, then I don’t see why it is any better to be blackmailed by this cult than to just leave and let the chips fall where they may.

        Both Cruise and Travolta have already experienced the gossip and rumor. They can choose to deny or not respond to any fall out from this cult and ultimately be free of the blackmail. It would be very, very difficult, but better than being under the thumb of these loonies.

        Not to mention that both of them probably have their own stories to about this cult and I doubt it would be flattering stories. None of them have much credibility as far as I am concerned, but I think the general public would not only believe Tom and John, but would lap it up and it would be the start of the downfall of a cult that has gotten dangerous.

      • Maguita says:


        The intense auditing sessions were apparently taped.

        Meaning, John and Tom, in their own words, have confessed their dirty deeds, their deepest thoughts, as well as all their troubled manipulations in getting, and staying at the top.

        Doubt they have the strength to let the cards fall where they may. Don’t also forget all their relatives dependent on their standing with the church. It won’t be just them getting the public beating. The CO$ manipulations are deeper and more troubling than simple blackmailing, unfortunately.

        And all that info was obtained by the last defectors, that were for a very long time in good standing with the church.

      • Pkr says:

        First I’d like to thank Bedhead for such a well written article.

        I don’t know where you’re getting this info from but I think it was Mark Headly who said TC went psychotic at first after he completed his OTlll level (Xenu story). The symptoms included dark circles under his eyes, after which he ran out. After that he slammed the story as bs.

        Subsequent to that, several accounts put him as a de facto non member for about a decade. Not 2 years.

        A few insiders said Tom returned bc of issues he was having w women. No more details were offered.

        Nicole’s story is a bit trickier. She was no doubt declared an SP but she also has her own issues. Remember she’s hooked up with a guy w serious addiction problems. It’s questionable if THAT home is any more stable than Tom’s, or for how long.

        Besides gossip-board rumor where did you hear Travolta came close to defecting after Jett’s death?

        I’ve heard JT has been out in all his dress-donning glory for ages except for making a formal announcement. He did HAIRSPRAY in 2007 for f-sake! If he wanted a public outing he could simply have a bud shoot him w an iphone in one of the many delicious acts he performs in L.A. on the regular.

        Celebrities are handled w kid gloves and are given a lot more latitude than non celebs.

        Travolta could easily just come-out without career damage since he’s well past his leading man prime. But there are other issues.

        Suppose a man were not only gay but at some point in his 20s, he played w underaged boys? Or he not only had drug issues (both TC and JT apparently do or did) but were also involved in muling or high-level trafficking?

        Don’t get me started on all the other closeted hunks in HW the church could out along with them by releasing these “confessions.”

        Remember they started to video tape celebrity’s confessions in the 2000s.

        In Tom’s case there is another complication. The high value he places on his relationship with Miscavige. A relationship Mike Rinder describes as “unnaturally close.”

      • Maguita says:

        @Pkr, my main info on the church is from The Village Voice, as well as The New Yorker. Have read so much, that some info is quite contradictory on how long Tom C. had defected.

        As for John Travolta, after his son’s death, everyone was talking on how he blamed the Church, because they would not allow him to admit that his son has autism, and give him proper treatment. He started acting quite erratically after son’s death, and for a time started trolling saunas without the usual confidentiality agreements he used to make his “conquests” sign. There was a book out a few months ago detailing his behavior. Probably got shushed like all the rest.

      • Pkr says:

        Who is everyone?

        After his death there was a lot of speculation & wishful thinking imo that the reason JT seemed to go into hibernation & depression was bc of the church, not bc of the trauma of his child’s death. If there is a book written by a credible insider that says otherwise, which is it?

        Jett did not die of autism. He died of seizures, which only occurs in some autistic patients. No treatment for Autism handles or prevents seizures. At least none that I know of.

        As far as we know he was treated w a drug which sadly can also amplify seizures (please do your research) and the boy couldn’t tolerate it. This isn’t uncommon. In fact often drugs prescribed for children are not tested on them. Read journalist Paul Raeburn’s “Acquainted With The Night” for info on this. (I’m sure Scientologists don’t read well documented literature either.)

        In addition we don’t have access to the boy’s medical records so we don’t know what if any other conditions he had that might have flatly ruled out other meds.

        Celebrities in the cult are NOT subjected to the same rules as Sea Org members. They just need to keep a united front.

        Trolling saunas without confidentiality agreements is not new to JT as of ’09. Please tell what book you read that in. Again JT could easily enough have a pal w an iphone bust him if that’s what he really wanted.

  2. Tweakspotter says:

    These are Human Rights violations with AMERICANS being held hostage and abused so why isn’t this being covered in the MSM?

  3. missy says:

    Yawn…I’m getting tired of all these scientology stories. I’m not defending them at all, but this is a gossip site not a religion/news site. I know that the woman mentioned Tom Cruise ( who is a celebrity) but the majority of the article is not about him. I think people sometimes just throw his name in to bring more attention to their story.

    • SHump76 says:

      Do you always click on every single story?
      If you’re tired of reading about Scientology, why don’t you skip the one post every few weeks that touches on the subject. It’s an important story, and countless hollywood stars are scientologists, so it IS actually relevant to a gossip site.

    • Viv says:

      As long as major celebrities are involved with shady operations, thankfully there will be discussions about it. If milions of people continue to spend dollars to see their movies, buy their music and indirectly supporting their causes, maybe we haven’t gossiped and dissected it enough. So kindly just skip to the next story. No offense, we don’t want to bore you, but I think maybe we haven’t heard enough about all this stuff yet, if it is still a thriving billion dollar operation.

    • gg says:

      You need to educate yourself, missy. Please read this first and tell me you have no interest.

      It’s an abomination that it exists. Must be taken down!

    • lulu says:

      I’m pretty sure that Celebitchy observe the number of people who click on each story, and if no one was interested there would be no more stories about this cult.
      I, for one, am interested. Celebitchy isn’t your average gossip site – I come here because so many of the comments are really witty and intelligent. I am happy to read people’s views on this and other stories, and like another poster said, you get to pick and choose – no one is forcing you to read this particular article so it is silly of you to be critical of it.

      • Lindy says:

        Hear, hear! I love CB because I can get my down and dirty gossip on, plus have the not infrequent experience of reading tons of intelligent, witty comments about issues that touch on celebrity culture but have broader cultural implications. I think this story is fascinating, and I’m glad CB is covering it.

    • aenflex says:

      It’s actually interesting stuff. Perhaps a bit too wordy for you?

      • missy says:

        I never said that I wasn’t interested in serious topics. Infact, I had already read one of the articles mentioned in this post.I was just expressing surprise at the amount of articles about scientology, considering the fact that this is a celebrity gossip site. I could understand if the article focused on celebrities like Cruise and Travolta, but the majority of the article did not. Of course the writers of the blog can write about whatever they want. And yes, I understand that the more clicks, a topic gets, the more the writers will cover that topic. However, I often see people making comments on other threads saying that they are sick/bored of X celebrity, and no one criticizes them for that. I didn’t insult anyone;just shared my opinion. No need to make snarky digs at my intelligence.

  4. Beth says:

    This is so weird. I was in Hollywood last month and they are everywhere on Hollywood Blvd. Trying to give out pamphlets and there was a Santa Clause exhibit trying to suck people in. There was also an office with books in the window and it was big and dark and empty. It was so creepy. I actually can’t even watch Cruise or Travolta movies anymore because I can’t get past what freaks they are.

    • Kathy says:

      I live in Cols, OH and I noticed, in our downtown area, about 4 years ago, that there was an official Scientology “office” I guess it’s called. I was surprised to see it.

      This cult really needs to be stopped. I can’t believe they’ve gotten away with so much for so long. Yes, I suppose I’m naive to their power over their followers, but this is just insanity, pure insanity.

      And, as an accountant by trade, taking all emotion out of it, their tax status is completely outrageous.

      So is Lisa Marie officially out or what? Is that why she moved to London?

      • LAK says:

        There is a Scientology building in Bayswater, as well as one of those shop front offices in Tottenham court Road in London.

    • Chalky says:

      They do, or used to do the same in NYC around 34th-35th street. Scientology minions with pamphlets would try to lure passing folks to take a personality test which would most probably reveal that the person is totally f’d up and in desperate need of Scientology salvation that is readily available for tons of $$$.

    • anne_000 says:

      They have a double-decker bus that they drive around and park and get people to do testings, like personality testings or whatever. They used to do some of it over at MacArthur Park in LA. Other times they distribute literature that doesn’t look like it’s from COS, but if u did a bit of research u find out it’s from them. Some of it says ‘how to be happy’ or ‘you deserve to be happy’ or whatever. And once you give them your phone number, they keep calling you over and over again wanting to be your ‘friend.’ Also, I’ve seen some of them shopping at a store who are dressed up in uniforms that I’ve mistaken them for air force personnel.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I’m at that point. I also can’t watch Ahnold’s movies anymore.

      It’s really kind of sad.

  5. Jezi says:

    I don’t know why people follow scientology. I can’t even grasp the whole cult thing. Why people get sucked into that.

    • Roma says:

      Cults employ the same tactic as abusive partners. It’s not just an issue about “getting sucked in” but about control, manipulation and power.

      • Seymour Butts says:

        Exactly. I can’t help but question the intelligence level of the celebrities who endorse this. They can’t be very deep, OR intelligent, sorry.

    • Lindy says:

      I’m a religion professor and have done some research on NRM’s (new religious movements). Much of it also has to do with personalities: people who crave order, stability, authority; people who have a certain set of insecurities, or grew up lacking something (money, love, parental affection, stability etc.). These people–even really smart or really successful or really wealthy people–are quite likely to find NRM’s attractive, since they usually have elements that fill in the gaps or insecurities. Like a charismatic authority figure who promises happiness or rewards, or a hierarchical structure that minimizes the need for making independent choices. You see this pattern again and again with NRM’s–Jonestown, Heaven’s Gate, etc.

  6. Meow Mix says:

    Wow that guy is really short if Tom is hovering over him!

    • blaugaro says:

      Also my thoughts. Cults appeal to people’s insecurities, and Hollywood is full of insecure people (not just, but also about their looks), this is why there are so popular within the stars. And short celebrities look like a good target. Beck is also a scientologist.

    • Kellie says:

      That is what I thought too. He probably has “little man syndrome”

    • Zvonk says:

      Tom Cruise is probably wearing stilettos in that pic, and David couldn’t get them in his size.

  7. Jaded says:

    I think (I hope) this is the start of a downward spiral for the Co$. Before that megalomaniac Miscavige took over it was a fairly harmless but wacky organization. Under his control it has become a frightening dictatorship. Tom Cruise would have all his audit tapes made public if he so much as said one word against it so he’s managed to entrap not only himself but his wife and kids. I really hope the US government withdraws its tax-free status.

    • aenflex says:

      It was in no way harmless pre-Miscavige. Hubbard was just as insane, if not more so in some aspects. It has never been harmless. Ask Hubbard’s son Quentin, oh wait – we can’t because he’s dead. And the other son, his namesake, has changed his name and disappeared into obscurity. Both pre-Miscavige dictatorship.

    • Anne de Vries says:

      Yeah, don’t get too comfortable with that idea. Hubbard had some fucked up ideas, and Miscavige may have taken the internal abuse to spectacular levels, all the SP and black ops doctrine is straight up Hubbard.

      On the one hand I’m glad this issue seems to lead in a slow implosion of the cult, on the other hand I’d rather that the *entire* mess gets denounced rather than ‘Miscavige is what’s wrong with Scientology’ – because he *isn’t*. The whole thing is broken and twisted from the ground up. If you need some proof, has some nice quotes from Hubbard himself.

      “ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”

      - L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 18 October 1967

      [SP = Suppressive Person a.k.a. critic of Scientology]

      “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is.”

      - L. Ron Hubbard to Lloyd Eshbach, in 1949; quoted by Eshbach in OVER MY SHOULDER: REFLECTIONS ON A SCIENCE FICTION ERA, Donald M. Grant Publisher. 1983

  8. Marie says:

    For those who are tempted to discount this story because it’s a gossip site, there was a very well done (and CHILLING) indepth documentary by a mainstream Canadian news organization and researched by well respected journalists (not just Cdn ones). Many of the details written here, while it may be a tabloid site, are supported by that documentary and other ones. But unless and until someone or something bigger takes them on to bring them to account legally, they will continue to be protected and hide behind the power and money provided by their famous/wealthy members. There is a reason why Oprah never did, and never will do a story on them. Even if she did it would be biased and muted based on her connection to Travolta, Cruise and others. Hopefully one day this will change.

  9. Jackson says:

    Crazy. Seriously. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to be a part of this cult or forcing their children join.

  10. Dee Cee says:

    Church of Scientology demands right to underpay workers
    Save this story to read later

    EXCLUSIVE by Joe Hildebrand
    The Daily Telegraph
    February 23, 2012 12:00AM

    Members of religious orders have taken vow of poverty
    Volunteers’ focus not on pay but on service to cause
    Submission more like exploitation than religion – union


    Fair Work Act exemption, says Church of Scientology rep. Picture: AAP

    SCIENTOLOGISTS have asked the Federal Government for an exemption to the Fair Work Act so they do not have to pay workers the minimum wage.

    In a submission to the Fair Work review, public affairs director Reverend Mary Anderson said the Church of Scientology, which believes Earth was founded 75 million years ago by an alien tyrant called Xenu, should be exempt from workplace law because it was a legitimate religion.

    “There is nothing wrong with the concept ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’ but it is misdirected when applied to religious volunteers whose focus is not on pay but on service to a spiritual cause,” Ms Anderson wrote.

    “Historically, members of religious orders have taken a vow of poverty.

    “At the present time, there are church volunteers who are not vowed to poverty but who do volunteer their time and effort to church work, without focus on financial reward.”

    Ms Anderson said making non-profit organisations pay award wages was “a violation of human rights”.

    The submission disappeared from public view after it was exposed on the website Workplace Express but Ms Anderson said she did not remove it.

    ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said the submission read more like exploitation than religion. “The Scientologists’ submission reads like they have been putting their heads together with Australia’s employer groups, who would like nothing more than to remove workers’ basic rights and conditions in their lust for profits,” he said.

    “The Fair Work Act review process should not be treated as an opportunity to air extremist and farcical viewpoints devoid of facts.

    “This attitude that an employer should have complete free rein to pay and treat their staff however they want has no place in the modern Australia.”

    When contacted by The Daily Telegraph, Ms Anderson said the submission was her personal one, even though it was sent on a Church of Scientology letterhead and signed “Reverend Mary Anderson, Director of Public Affairs, Church of Scientology”.

    Another Scientology spokeswoman said the church had made an official submission but it was confidential.

    “Nevertheless, what Mary says lines up to a small degree with the Church’s past public statements,” the spokeswoman said.

    “The Church’s submission to the Fair Work Act Review is confidential to avoid any unnecessary interference from critics seeking to pre-empt the Review’s findings.”

    The Church of Scientology was investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman last year for claims some adherents worked up to 72 hours without a break and for as little as $10 a week. However, it was deemed that some of these workers were volunteers.

    • Kara Ann says:

      Thanks for the article Dee Cee. I read it immediately and I am not suprised that $cientology is attempting to get legal exemption from paying people. I do believe that they continue to exploit “volunteers” even without the legal ability to do so but wouldn’t it be nice for them if even the government would okay their slave labor force. IMO, I don’t think you can call someone a “volunteer” when your are explictly threatening to withhold their church’s approval if they don’t “volunteer”.

      I wholeheartedly support the right to freedom of religion but I cannot support any organization’s right to abuse, hold captive, and extort it’s members even if you slap the title of “religion” to it. If the CO$ would stop the slave labor, the coercion for people to remain in the CO$, and other blatantly illegal activities then I would support anyone who wanted to continue to practice this belief system. I’ll admit that I do find most of it beyond bizarre and, due to it’s policy of breaking up families and demanding basically “thought control”, inherently a cult with all that that name implies.
      Lastly, the fact that this organization is granted tax exemption status in the US is truly embarrassing and a shameful mark on our country.
      Sorry for the rant but this just….argh, with the $cientologists!

      • anonymous says:

        There is considerable evidence that the cult got their tax exemption by the efforts of two PIs, Michael Shomer and Thomas Krywuki. The reported story is that David Miscavige and Marty Rathbun barged into his office in 1991 with incriminating information and gave Fred T. Goldberg, Jr no choice but to knuckle under. To this day the IRS will not acknowledge that the agreement published by the WSJ is what they signed with the cult.

  11. Turd Fergussen says:

    People get sucked into scams like Scientology because they are lacking something in their lives — some meaning, some esteem. They’re empty and void, and they need something to fill it. Some people use drugs, sex, food, shopping, alcohol. And some people are pathetic enough to fall prey to a cult. I feel sorry for kids like Suri and John Travolta’s kid who died because Scientology refuses to acknowledge autism. They’re the true victims.

    • jwoolman says:

      John Travolta’s son would have died anyway, can’t blame CO$ for that one. His autism didn’t kill him. He had drug- resistant seizures. Most epileptics today are well controlled by drugs, but some are not. My neighbor was trying every drug recommended but the best he could hope for was “just a few” grand mal seizures and many petit mal seizures each month if they found a combo that worked for a while with too many side effects. His long-term memory was fried (he didn’t recognize most events in the family album) and his short-term memory wasn’t too good either.

      Travolta and his wife did the best they could for their son, trying to give him some quality of life while they had him. They knew a seizure could kill him at any moment, with or without drugs. They had beaten the odds for a long time, considering the situation.

  12. Jayna says:

    She is crazy. I believe her. But she was over Sea Org, which people were treated like slave labor, little contact with their families. She was in thick on that. How she still considers herself a Scientologist boggles the mind. It was created by a Sci Fi writer. When is this organization going to topple? How Katy can raise her daughter in this cray cray church baffles me. How narcissistic to have a Celebrity Centre created for the elite.

    • Beatrix says:

      all religions may as well have been created by a “sci-fi writer” – only some of these are immediately dangerous to members, such as this egregious cult.

      • Jayna says:

        True. Well, the Catholic Church was dangerous to a lot of little boys, with the church moving the offending pedophiles to unsuspecting new parishes for new assaults to continue.

  13. Bobby the K says:

    They should get normal healthy people to front the organization, even the Moonies had enough sense to do that. All the celebrity p.r. people range from neurotic to batsh1t crazy. Members don’t seem happy, or stable. What’s the appeal?

  14. Tweakspotter says:

    Any other “religion” would have made FRONT PAGE of every news media outlet with this story.

    • Ducky La Rue says:

      Very true! The last time I recall the COS being front page news (South Park expose notwithstanding) was when Time magazine did a cover story on it – “The Cult of Greed” – way back in the 1990s.

  15. teehee says:

    It isnt anything that other religions HAVENT done…. each religion acts like this (or cult, whatever) which doesnt make it right, but its not better or worse in one group or another

    • Incredulous says:

      As is explicitly pointed out in the Village Voice article, all of this has nothing to do with the principles of Scientology. Scientology is used as a mask for torture, slavery, rape, intimidation, kidnapping and fraud.

      Oh, and murder.

  16. whatthehell456 says:

    This cult is just scary as hell. I don’t even have words to describe how disturbed I am by this.

  17. Jacq says:

    I have never been so proud to be a San Antonian! There is a small Scientology office hidden in Olmos Park, off of a busy main avenue. I can’t even believe it exists here.

  18. Jason says:

    Debbie Cook was a crucial part of the religion and is in a big legal mess. This case is weeks old and no persecutions yet. I think Debbie cook might be a troll.

    As for Tom Cruise. All religions/cults/sects have good AND bad intentions. He is not charged with anything abusive to this date. He has the right to his beliefs as long as he is not in any legal charges.

  19. Nanea says:

    The CO$ must have dirt on higher-ups at the IRS. That’s the only reason I can come up with why this money-grubbing cult/Ponzi scheme masquerading as a religion is still tax-exempt.

    It’s about time the whole organization is investigated for the pressure they put on people, for the emotional cruelties committed against their members, the abuse of labor laws, for the distortion of the truth.

  20. gg says:

    You’re so right, and it’s even worse than that. It’s a crime ring brainwashing operation enjoying tax-free status. And seeing this awful person’s plastic smiling face makes me sick inside. He needs to be rotting in jail — yesterday! And the org needs to be back-taxed into the stone age. That ought to clear their ill-gotten coffers in a hurry.

  21. Jayna says:

    Scientology owns a massive yacht. What church owns a huge yacht? LOL

  22. dorothy says:

    It amazes me how a seemingly normal girl like Katie Holmes got sucked into it, to the point that she’s raising her child in their teachings. Her parents must be beside themselves.

  23. Jackie says:

    i WISH interviewers would call tom cruise out on this sick cult that he supports. i know they would never get another interview with him again, but he shouldn’t be getting away with this. at least matt lauer had the courage to take him on. more need to do the same.

    shame on you katie holmes! disgusting.

  24. xploxite says:

    It is sooo scary, Thank you for covering the story people should be aware of what’s going on in there so they Won’t get fooled by them.

  25. Sunny says:

    How can Tommy be so blind? I know, I might get started on a book about how I started the world and I am the supreme leader and start milking millions of dollars of gullable twats especially multimillionaires like Tom… too easy!!!

  26. Sunny says:

    David Miscavige is scary, a lunatic, creep… how has he manipulated Tommy?

  27. NYC_girl says:

    Sign me up!

  28. Bermuda Blues says:

    I heard an interesting theory recently. Nicole Kidman had fertility issues, she couldn’t get pregnant. So Tom Cruise gave sperm and two Sea Org. members gave birth. That’s why the kids are Tom’s and Scientology’s, and not Nicole’s.

  29. lil ole me says:

    I for one find it UNSTABLE that Nicole Kidman has NOTHING to do with her kids she adopted w/Tom. Hasn’t seen them IN YEARS. Scientology labels her a “suppressive person”. EFF THAT! NOTHING would stop me from seeing my kids.
    Bet she wouldn’t let Keith Urban ban her from seeing her bio-children under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
    The whole thing stinks like yesterday’s garbage

    • SydneyGirl says:

      the CoS brainwashes its members to believe anyone not-connected to the church is an outsider. Nicole Kidman has staunchly maintained her Catholicism pre, during and after her marriage to Cruise. Its well known that members who leave the Church are often forced to leave behind family, even children. Her children may even have chosen not to see Nicole, depending on how deep they are with CoS. With Cruise as their father..I ‘d say pretty deep.

      • WOM says:

        I have 3 theories to explain Kidman’s distance from the kids and her silence about Scientology:

        1. she’s a horrible person.

        2. she’s been advised by a psychologist familiar with cults to keep her distance from the children. This is common. The idea being that if a cult member wants to leave, they have someone to run to who is physically and emotionally distant from the cult, but who is perceived as neutral and non-judgemental.

        3. Scientology &/or Cruise are blackmailing her to be quiet because they know something scandalous about Kidman.

    • jwoolman says:

      Kidman sees her kids. She just doesn’t parade them around for the paps.

  30. WOM says:

    I love that Celebitchy covers Scientology. This site is more than just celebrity gossip, it’s also about discussing the way celebrities misuse their power, analysing how the PR machinery of Hollywood operates, and looking at photos of men with hot bodies who make me tingly.

    I have two questions for the site administrators:
    - has anyone who writes for Celebitchy ever felt harrassed or targeted by Scientology?
    - is there anyway you can block Scientology from buying ad space on your site? Right now there is an ad in the upper right hand column for

    • lil ole me says:

      @ WOM- what, what, WHAT??? Where? I don’t see any ad

      • WOM says:

        @lil ole me — It’s an ad on the right hand side beneath the page header’s search field. I do dump my cookies regularly so the adware software that tailors ads to each user doesn’t have a lot to go on for me.

  31. Anne de Vries says:

    here’s info on how the Co$ ended up with its IRS deal – there was some major black ops and harrassment going on to get there. It’s one of those things that sound so outrageous that people can hardly believe it’s true.

  32. Eleonor says:

    There was a blind item referring to a celebrity who’s trying to escape from Scientology (the guess is L.M. Presley) and basically it says this celebrity has shut herself up in her house, with a lot of security to keep them out, and she is terrified because her family is into the cult.

    • Kimbob says:

      @Eleonor…can you remember where you read this? I’d like to see it, if you don’t mind. I absolutely hate Scientology, & like to read anything that tells of how members are defecting.

  33. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    It would be interesting if there was to be a movie made about this $cientology cult – though it wouldn’t be coming out of Hollywood unless there are some brave hipsters out there.

  34. Seymour Butts says:

    A cult in EVERY sense of the word !!

  35. irishserra says:

    I can’t help but be baffled my Mrs. Cook’s notion that L. Ron Hubbard’s principles of Scientology were any better than what the cult has become today. After reading the interview with L. Ron Hubbard’s son that was done years ago, it’s evident that Scientology started out as no more than a long, drawn out form of satanism (which is really just a doctrine that focuses purely on pleasing one’s self with no regard to others).

    • Pkr says:

      It’s a head-scratcher ain’t it? Especially with the accounts Hana Whitfield gave in her lecture in Germany 2010 (youtube.) She served as a high ranking officer directly under LRH on the Freewinds at the beginning, and she has some gruesome tales indeed.

      But Marty Rathbun is the same. You mention say… the implausibility of Mary Sue Hubbard orchestrating “Operation Snow White” all on her own w/o Hubbard’s knowledge & consent and Marty will spew back a lot of Scien acronyms at you, i.e. Scientology-Speak, in an accusatory tone.

      I guess they are deeply invested in it bc they were in it for so long. It’s hard to let go of. In that sense Miscavige is a good target for all the pain and betrayal they are feeling. But of course he’s not the root cause.

      • Kimbob says:

        OOOOoooooooooooooohh…thanks @Pkr for the mention of more of this cult & more I can look up on youtube. I will definitely look it up!

        Yes, how they trash Miscavige, but still somehow revere LRH just confounds me, but w/out any intimate (personal) experience of such, I can only surmise that maybe Miscavige can be likened to Napoleon, in that he’s a short-shit, & maybe more of a power-driver than LRH was? Maybe? I know of all accounts I’ve read so far, I haven’t seen any where LRH gets physically abusive w/MEN…now women..a different story. But Miscavige seems like the type that he feels superiorly inferior, and anyone that even looks at him wrong behind closed doors, he gets physical with. I also think that because most of these defectors were directly under Miscavige’s authority (as opposed to LRH) that their memories are “fresh” from the nastiness of Miscavige…maybe? I dunno, but would like your input.

        Actually, I thought LRH’s son openly admitted in a Playboy interview years & years ago that LRH was, in fact, a Satanist. The more I read of that interview, I walked away thinking “he’s also an unapologetic hedonist, as well.”

        ***Heads up and a big “thank you” to Bedhead for covering a Scientology headline. I say this because, although the internet is now saturated w/the atrocities perpetuated by this CULT (Scientology IS NOT A RELIGION..they only say “religion” so they can be tax-exempt, & because all the misguided souls they steal at large, come to them thinking IT IS a religion…so this term helps them immensely), I don’t think enough of the public at large is aware of how dangerous/evil they are. The more stories you can get out about Scientology, this means less $$$ going to them, and WAY LESS people that are looking for some type of “answer” will go askance to them…therefore…more lives will be spared and saved. Everyone wins, I feel!

      • Pkr says:

        By all accounts the abuses are far worse under Miscavige. However one Aussie defector Aaron Saxton (the Commodore Messenger under Miscavige), pointed out that much of what DM does is sanctioned by little known policy letters written by LRH. There is a very illuminating 7 part interview w Aaron on youtube (’09?, ’10?).

        Another interview you might want search is Stacy Brooks Young. She was thrown into the RPF.

        Whitfield also recounts a woman who was chained to a pipe in the basement level of The Fort Harrison Hotel w vermon running around and fed scraps. I’d actually thought it happened to Hana as well. It was ordered by LRH!

        I might be mistaken about the name of the ship commanded by Whitfield. That one might have predated the Freewinds.

  36. Doc Venkman says:

    why is it that I get the feeling that this is an attempt on whitewashing “the religion” by scapegoating the current leader?

    Miscavige is a rotten apple, no doubt, but the keywitness still ‘believes’ in the teaching of Hubbard, which, in my book, qualifies her for at least being a stupid apple.

    It’s not that there are good and bad Scientologists – they all are loonies…