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Lawsuit Pulls Back Curtain On Allegations Against Celeb-Magnet Church of Scientology

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A lawsuit alleges that the Church of Scientology operates as a criminal enterprise, engaging in fraudulent and criminal activities in order to enrich its leadership.

The lawsuit accuses Scientology leaders of covering up alleged crimes in exchange for celebrity support, and describes the use of intimidation tactics against victims and witnesses.

The Church of Scientology denies these allegations, claiming they are fabricated. (Trending: Trump Announces Heartbreaking Melania-Related Health Update)

The lawsuit also implicates Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige, and describes the use of the “fair game doctrine” to target enemies.

“Many of Scientology’s criminal enterprise’s money-making schemes are criminal in nature,” the lawsuit states.

“It routinely and systematically engages in fraud, human trafficking, identity theft and money laundering to fill its coffers and enrich its leadership.”

“These statements are twisted, obscene and 100% the opposite of the truth,” the Church of Scientology wrote.

“To repeat the scandalous claims and headlines is malicious.

“The real story is that the Church is a worldwide force for good as can be seen at Scientology.tv and Scientology.org. … Prejudicial and bigoted headlines foster animus and hate which have proven to be dangerous and put lives at risk.”

The lawsuit specifically cites the case of actor Danny Masterson, who was convicted of rape.

“Defendants implement Fair Game in a variety of different ways, all with the single objective to harm and destroy anyone who they have deemed an enemy of Scientology and with the ultimate goal of ‘shudder[ing] [them] into silence,’ ‘obliterate[ing] [them]’ and ‘ruin[ing] [them] utterly,'” the suit adds.

Former members, such as Leah Remini, have spoken out against Scientology’s practices.

“I am relieved that this dangerous rapist will be off the streets and unable to violently assault and rape women with the help of Scientology, a multi-billion-dollar criminal organization with tax-exempt status,” Remini posted.

“Hearing the survivors read their victim impact statements aloud in court while the man who raped them and some of the very Scientologists who terrorized them over two decades were just a few feet away displayed a level of bravery that I am in awe of.”

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