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Tom Cruise Named In $250 Million Scientology Lawsuit

Tom Cruise has been named in a $250 million federal lawsuit that is using the RICO statute (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) against the Church of Scientology.

The lawsuit has been filed by former Scientologist Peter Letterese who is alleging that members of the church wouldn't leave him alone and harassed him after he left. One such incident that is cited in the papers claims that a member of the church phoned his lawyer at home, and when the lawyer's wife answered, the man claimed to be her husband's "homosexual lover".

Letterese says the religion is nothing more then a 'crime syndicate' and wants it broken up under the RICO statute, citing the example of Mafia families.

He says that Scientology head David Miscavage is "aided and abetted by the actions of Tom Cruise, his right-hand man for foreign and domestic promotion, as well as for foreign and domestic lobbying. He has assisted the syndicate in acquiring funds and with his own donations of money believed to be in the multiple tens of millions of dollars."

August 1, 2008 |

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