Scientology head threatens lawsuit over his father’s book
Lawyers acting for the Church of Scientology’s head honcho David Miscavige’s have threatened to file a lawsuit against Miscavige’s father Ron, who has written a ‘tell all’ book about the cult.
According to this report, London-based publisher Silvertail Books has received a letter from Johnsons Solicitors, a law firm that specialises in high-profile defamation cases.
The threat is a last-ditch effort to stop Ron Miscavige from releasing a book – titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me – about his son’s involvement in Scientology.
In the book, Ron, above, who escaped from the cult, describes how his son, who had been a happy and funny child, became the ruthless and tyrannical leader of the Church of Scientology, surrounded by sycophants and living lavishly while others in the church toil in relative poverty.
The book is set for release in early May. Silvertail reported that the book’s US publisher, St. Martin’s Press, received a similar letter from attorneys representing David Miscavige. The letters threatens to file defamation suits should the book go to print in its current form. The letter to Silvertail warned:
You are now on notice of the highly defamatory content of the subject book. Accordingly, in the event that you proceed with the release of this book, in total disregard for the truth, our client will be left with no alternative but to seek the protection of UK/Irish defamation and other laws.
Silvertail Books publisher Humfrey Hunter said:
My plans for the book haven’t changed at all since I received the letter. Full legal due diligence has been carried out on the manuscript and I am both confident in its integrity and very proud that Silvertail is publishing it. Ron’s story is an important one, and he is a brave man to be telling it.
Miscavige has been the head of the Scientology Church since the retirement of founder L Ron Hubbard. His close friendship with actor Tom Cruise has been the subject of media speculation, which has also centered around the disappearance of his wife Shelly, who has not been seen or heard from in more than a decade.
ABC’s 20/20 is set to broadcast a piece about Ruthless this coming Friday.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that he Church of Scientology could have its Montreal building seized and sold by the city.
Radio-Canada has discovered that the Church owes about $90,000 in back taxes.
The church has owned the La Patrie building, which is a historic building on Ste-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal’s Latin Quarter, since 2007.
The building, which was built in 1905 to house the newspaper La Patrie, is now abandoned. Church members had plans to renovate it, but no work has been carried out yet.
Last week, city officials sent the Church of Scientology a legal notice requesting it pay off debts from 2015 totaling $39,855. According to city spokesman,Gonzalo Nunez, if the amount is not paid off in the next few months, the building will be sold at auction in November.