Still more of Scientology's darkest secrets are set to be exposed in court, after a judge issued a bombshell ruling on Tuesday ordering the court to turn over scores of secret "recordings, videos, photographs … emails, and/or text messages" and more by January 27.
The ruling came Tuesday as part of Monique Rathbun's ongoing harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige. Rathbun has attempted for months to obtain records of the years the church allegedly spent monitoring her life with husband, former Scientologist Marty Rathbun, and now the judge in the case has stepped in.
Court documents published on TonyOrtega.com reveal that Judge Dib Waldrip "ordered that the Church of Scientology shall provide to Rathbun the following materials generated or obtained between January 1, 2009, until August 16, 2013."
First, the order states, the church will have to cough up "all recordings, videos, photographs, or any supporting medium (film, digital, electronic, etc.)" concerning Rathbun and her spouse. In addition, they will surrender "all records and/or recordings, if any, of any surveillance of Rathbun's conversations, telephone calls, e-mails, and/or text messages." Third, they must reveal "all records and/or notes regarding communications by or on behalf of The Church of Scientology with Rathbun's employer."
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Rathbun had claimed that church operatives regularly harassed her at work, even once sending a coworker a bouquet of flowers with a graphic note that was purportedly from her.
Finally, Judge Waldrip ordered that the church produce "all recordings, videos, photographs … taken or obtained within a 10-mile radius of the Rathbuns' residence."
The couple have claimed that Scientology "Squirrel Busters" set up cameras to capture footage of their Texas home.
The Judge ordered Scientology lawyers to surrender the materials by January 27.
But before then, next Wednesday, there will be a hearing to address Rathbun's call for sanctions against the church for the evasive and argumentative behavior of Church employees during depositions.
Stay tuned to Radar for the latest in the case.