We covered this story a few weeks back, and it looks like the leader of the Scientology movement is still “missing.” And this comes right as a child sex trafficking lawsuit is set to begin. It’s a very strange set of circumstances, but it also feels like this guy is obviously hiding out, not wanting to face the very serious accusations that are coming his way.
Her’s what we reported about this a few weeks back:
Bizpacreview reported that Florida prosecutors are trying to find a missing Scientology leader who is listed as a defendant in a federal lawsuit concerning child trafficking.
David Miscavige, chairman of the board of the Religious Technology Center, is the leader of the controversial Church of Scientology and the sect’s company Sea Org, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Process servers visited 10 Church of Scientology properties and have made 27 attempts to serve Miscavige, but the church leader has been missing for months, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Plaintiffs Gawain and Laura Baxter and Valeska Paris, former Scientologists, claim in the lawsuit that they were forced to sign a billion-year contract with the church, according to the Times. Paris also states that she was also sexually assaulted multiple times during her time with the sect and that when her mother deserted the church she was locked in a room for 48 hours.
The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953 by L. Ron Hubbard but Miscavige became the head of the church in 1986. The church is known for its secretive proceedings, including its own television channel and news, high-profile status among celebrities in Hollywood, and, in addition, accusations of financial fraud, child trafficking, sexual abusecover-ups and forced labor.
Security guards on the group’s properties claimed to have no idea where Miscavige was and refused to take the court documents, according to the Times. Baxter and Paris’ legal team hired a private investigator to track Miscavige down but so far have remained unsuccessful.
A court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20 to declare Miscavige served by default for failing to accept service papers, according to the Times. Miscavige’s attorney’s claimed in a response filed Tuesday that the church leader should not be included in the lawsuit and “part of a litigation strategy to target the leader of the religion for harassment.”
Here’s an update from TMZ:
A rep for the church tells TMZ, “The lawsuit is nothing but a money shakedown. The allegations are scurrilous, ridiculous and blatantly false. The lawsuit is both a sham and a scam.”
David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology, is playing a cat-and-mouse game with lawyers trying to serve him a child sex trafficking suit — at least that’s what the lawyers think now that he’s allegedly vanished.
Over a four month period, Miscavige has reportedly eluded process servers a whopping 27 times at Scientology offices in L.A. and Clearwater, Florida, where the group is headquartered.
Security guards at both locations keep refusing to accept the suit, saying they have no idea where Miscavige is hiding … according to multiple media reports.
Three plaintiffs, who formerly belonged to a Scientology sect called Sea Org, claim they were forced into the church as kids and worked into adulthood for nominal pay.
Valeska Paris, along with Gawain and Laura Baxter (who are married), eventually quit Sea Org and filed a civil complaint against Miscavige in 2022.
Last month, one of the plaintiff’s lawyers filed docs, saying … “Miscavige cannot be permitted to continue his gamesmanship” — and a federal judge says she will soon decide whether Miscavige can be considered officially served.
Also, many people want to know where David’s wife Shelly is.
She hasn’t been seen for eons, and some fear the worst has happened — one of those people is former “King of Queens” actress Leah Remini.
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