Another Lawsuit Filed Against Scientology
What a year it has been for David Miscavige. He thought 2008 was rough, what with the rise of Anonymous, but already in 2009 we have seen suits launched by Marc and Claire Headly and now comes new charges from Laura DeCrescenzo.
Laura was in the Sea Org for 13 years and the suit alleges she was so desperate to get out that she drank bleach. Jonny Jacobsen has a writeup at his blog.
Laura DeCrescenzo (née Dieckman) worked in Los Angeles for the Sea Org, which the movement describes as its elite cadre, between 1991 and 2004. She was recruited at the age of 12.
Scientology, the lawsuit argues, “stole Plaintiff’s youth and that of many others.”
Married at 16, she fell pregnant when she was 17. But her employers forced her to have an abortion because of the ban on Sea Org members having children, the lawsuit alleges.
DeCrescenzo also spent time on Scientology’s punishment programme, the Rehabilitation Project Force, or RPF.
“There are two very different versions of Scientology,” says the lawsuit. “There is the Scientology as presented to the outside world and there is a different Scientology in which Plaintiff lived and worked for approximately thirteen years.
“In the Scientology world Plaintiff experienced, twelve year old children are taken from their homes, asked to sign employment contracts and put to work. Pregnant women are coerced to have abortions.
“Employees work 100-hour weeks in the business ventures of Scientology at far less than minimum wage. There are no contributions to Social Security or employee pensions, although there is plenty of money to pay Scientology’s Chairman of the Board [David Miscavige], private investigators and lawyers.
“Personal freedoms are restricted and severe punishments are used to keep employees in line… That is the context of this litigation.”