I've spoken to John Brousseau numerous times over the past couple of years. In 2011, I reported about the photographs he smuggled out of Scientology's International Base east of Los Angeles which documented the work he did customizing a motorcycle, a Ford Excursion, and an airplane hangar for Tom Cr ... More >>
Last week, we brought you several moments from Scientology's big L. Ron Hubbard birthday event that was held on March 10 in Clearwater, Florida. Here's another few minutes from that celebration that we alluded to earlier, during which church leader David Miscavige uses the church's "Writers of the F ... More >>
On Friday, the Church of Scientology did as promised and filed a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against former executive Debbie Cook. The church is asking the Bexar County, Texas district court to see this lawsuit as a simple contract dispute, and one the church deserves to win without g ... More >>
Three former Church of Scientology officials tell the Voice that for years -- at least between 1991 and 2005 -- church leader David Miscavige kept a close watch on Tom Cruise with the use of a man named Michael Doven, who served as Cruise's personal assistant.
For much of that time, 1991 to 2001, C ... More >>
Valeska Paris and DeclanLast week, we wrote about Valeska Paris, the Swiss-born Australian woman who says that from 1996 to 2007, she was held against her will on Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds.
She says that Scientology leader David Miscavige moved her to the ship in 1996 ... More >>
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some ... More >>
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>
Yesterday, we published a review of Janet Reitman's stunning new history, Inside Scientology, which will hit bookshelves soon.
In our general review, we couldn't get into much detail. But we had to pull out a wonderful nugget from the book this morning that struck us as particularly illumina ... More >>
by James H. Burns
Last week's vote by the veterans' committee to put Whitey Herzog into the Hall of Fame reminds us of something a lot of fans don't know: though for years Mets devotees thought of Whitey as the "White Rat," an arch-enemy, managing the rival St. Louis Cardinals to three Nat ... More >>
We thought 2008 was rough on Scientology, but this year has been even worse. So, in order to send some holiday cheer to COB* and the gang, we point you to this wonderful holiday ditty produced by the folks at Headzup.tv
*That's Scieno-slang for "Chairman of the Board", a/k/a L. Ron Hubbard's min ... More >>
The author of a new book on Scientology reveals to the Village Voice details of his experience being "audited" by Tom Cruise, who asked him to talk to a book, a bottle, and an ashtray for hours at a time in order to perfect his "upper indoctrination."
Marc Headley's remarkable account of his ... More >>
The New York Botanical Garden is embracing the fresh food movement this summer with its new Edible Garden program, which will feature such temporary exhibitions as "Tropical Fruits, Roots and Shoots." Martha Stewart helped the Botanical Garden revamp its herb garden, which now includes a variety of ... More >>