Search

got a tip? call (866) 667 - 2327 OR

E-mail us a tip

Scientology Accused Of Spending $30 Million To Cover Up Wrongful Death Of Follower

pp_scientology_cover_up.jpg

By Radar Staff

Lisa McPherson died in 1995 while in the care of Scientologists, and her parents later sued the controversial organization, claiming it was responsible for their daughter’s death.

Now the lawyer who represented the family, Ken Dandar, is suing Scientology, its attorneys and two judges for trying to ruin his career, and he’s brought in a stunning witness.

PHOTOS: Hollywood Stars Who Are Scientologists

Marty Rathbun, Scientology’s former number two and now its most vocal critic, has given a sworn deposition in the case, accusing the church of spending $30 million to cover up what really happened when Lisa died, Tampa TV station WTSP is reporting.

After Lisa died, the Church of Scientology was initially charged with a second degree felony for practicing medicine without a license, and abuse of a disabled adult. But the charges were dropped after the medical examiner, Joan Wood, changed the cause of death from unknown to accidental.

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes’ Relationship Through The Years

In his deposition on behalf of Dandar, Rathbun alleges that the organization showered Wood’s attorney Jeff Goodis, with gifts to influence her to change the cause of death; an allegation Goodis has denied.

Dandar’s complex lawsuit goes back to the settlement he won against Scientology in the McPherson case in 2004, a full nine years after he launched it.

PHOTOS: Katie Holmes May Be Under Surveillance By A Team Of Mystery Men

According to Scientology’s lawyers, as part of the settlement, Dandar agreed never again to sue the church.  Dandar insists he didn’t give up that right, and took on another client against Scientology in 2009.

A Senior Circuit Judge agreed with Scientology and ordered Dandar off the case.  But when he couldn’t find another attorney to take it over, a U.S. District Judge ordered him to stay on it, and he’s been fined tens of thousands of dollars by the state for the violation.

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise Through The Years

“I’ve never heard of anything like it,” Clifford Higby, chairman of the trial lawyers’ section of the Florida Bar, told The Tampa Bay Times.

Meanwhile, it’s been ruled that Dandar did violate that settlement agreement, and Scientology is now going after the attorney for big bucks.

Dandar finally had enough and filed his suit in Federal court on October 31, reports The Underground Bunker accusing Scientology and the judges of violating his civil rights.

PHOTOS:  Scientology Celebrity Centre Celebrates Anniversary With Famous Members

“A final hearing on the amount of attorney’s fees and costs due Scientology under Judge Farnell’s rulings is scheduled for November 26, 2012, where Defendants are seeking in excess of one million dollars in a closed-to-the-public-and-press courtroom in Clearwater, Florida,” Dandar’s suit says.

According to WTSP, on Friday, Scientology’s top lawyer filed a lawsuit to have all of Rathbun’s testimony thrown out.

An emergency hearing has been set for Monday in Federal court.

RELATED STORIES:

Katie Who? Has The Next Mrs. Tom Cruise Already Been Chosen?

Cops Getting Search Warrants In Death Investigation Of Son Of Scientology President

Former Scientologist Suing The Church For Allegedly Forcing Her To Have An Abortion


Former Scientology Spy Claims: ‘It’s An Evil Organization’

blog comments powered by Disqus