It’s the fact that the domination you’re getting—hit in the face, kicked—and you can’t do anything about it.

Mike Haggis, appearing in the New Yorker magazine.

The New Yorker publiched a fascinating interview and story with and about Paul Haggis, the Academy Award winning filmmaker.  He was one of the loudest celebrities to leave the Church of Scientology, so his testimony is fasincating for many reasons.

The story includes many interesting details.  There’s also this quote from Mike Rinder.

The defectors told the newspaper that Miscavige was a serial abuser of his staff. “The issue wasn’t the physical pain of it,” Rinder said. “It’s the fact that the domination you’re getting—hit in the face, kicked—and you can’t do anything about it. If you did try, you’d be attacking the C.O.B.”—the chairman of the board.

You can read the whole story on the New Yorker’s website.

The article was written by Lawrence Wright, who went on to write “Going Clear.” Read it if you haven’t already.


To Amy Scobee – “I hate you…”

I hate you. I hate you more than I hate Kathy Rinder, and you know how much I hate her.

David Miscavige, exhibiting professionalism in a meeting.

Amy Scobee is one of the ex-scientologists who left and decided to speak out about the things she had seen, heard and experienced while in the Church of Scientology. She was also interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times; the testimony she gave was compelling. In this video posted on her youtube channel, she speaks about how unpredictable David Miscavige was.


To Debbie Cook – “Goodbye”

When Debbie Cook, the former top dog at FLAG, gave testimony in a Texas court in 2012, she shocked everyone.  She spoke of how Miscavige dealt with her firsthand, how he spoke (but usually shouted), threatened her, and even physically assaulted her. Miscavige obviously has a sense for the theatrical, because the manner in which he removed her (physically) from her office is something that would fit right into a mafioso movie.

Jeffrey: How did you end up in the hole?

Cook: May 2007, I was at the international base, Mr. Miscavige was not there, but I was supposed to be doing numerous things at the Int base at his direction. I was on the phone to him every day, sometimes several times a day. And there were certain thing he was unhappy about, that weren’t done to his satisfaction. Anyway, I was on the phone to him, somebody was pounding on the door. I was on the phone, so I couldn’t answer it…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.”

Tony Ortega covered the day’s proceedings for the Village Voice – you can read his report here.

Mike Bennitt recorded much of the day’s proceedings. The quote above begins at 12:22.

Lick his asshole

Miscavige told me I was to work for Tommy as his “servant” and that I was to “lick his asshole.”

This quote comes from the declaration given re: Texas court case between Mrs Rathbun and the Church of Scientology. Read the entire declaration here.

Mike Rinder was the spokesman for the Church for seemingly eons – until it eventually became too much and he blew right after interviews with John Sweeney. He was the last effective spokesman, being followed by Tommy “I like to walk out of interviews” Davis, and Karen “do I really exist” Pouw.

After decompressing following the trauma of Church of Scientology life, he started a fascinating blog which is a must-read for anyone interested in the current what-the-fuck-is-going-on in the Church.


David Miscavige deposition, 1990




On Friday, July 20, 1990, David Miscavige gave a deposition in the case of Bent Corydon cs Church of Scientology.  Although the Church of Scientology claims that it helps its parishioners by developing and improving their communication skills, these same abilities do not seem to be shared by the then-and-still leader of the Church of Scientology, Mr David Miscavige.

His testimony has thankfully been preserved for the ages.  In it, he comes across as either very ignorant or very unpleasant or both. For anyone interested in the workings of David Miscavige, you could do worse than to start by reading the entire text of his deposition. It makes for fascinating (and hilarious) reading.

David Miscavige Deposition – Part 1 

David Miscavige Deposition – Part 2