Source “PR Newswire”
Author Kathy Gorgon
Date May 29th, 19841
LOS ANGELES, May 29/PRN – Cross-examination of a former Church of Scientology
employee revealed that her fears of being harassed by the church were completely
unfounded, according to the Church of Scientology, which released court transcripts
During her second day of cross-examination, attorney Barrett Litt of Los Angeles elicited
an admission from Laurel Sullivan, 34, that she could not cite any factual instances to
support her earlier allegations of harassment by the church. Additionally, according to the
transcripts, she could not support her earlier testimony that others had been sued as a
form of harassment for leaving the church.
Sullivan’s testimony was sought by attorneys seeking to defend Gerald Armstrong, 37, a
former church archivist who admitted that he took thousands of pages of valuable
historical material belonging to Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard when he
left his position in 1981.
Among the documents taken now under the custody of the court is one unpublished
manuscript of Hubbard’s valued at $1 million. The church is suing Armstrong in Los
Angeles Superior Court for the return of the documents and for $50,000 in damages.
Church attorney Robert Harris of Los Angeles confronted Sullivan with sworn testimony
she had made in a prior court case which completely conflicted with her testimony in the
Armstrong trial regarding the alleged practice of “Fair Game” by the church.
According to records of that testimony entered in court today, Sullivan stated that she
knew of no policies or practices of the church which try to convince or prevent people
from leaving active participation in Scientology and encourage church members to harass
Sullivan stated, “If somebody just left (Scientology) and said ‘I don’t want anything more
to do with it’ … then I would sit down and talk with them, and usually the people would
come back to the org (Scientology organization).”
Attorney Harris asked Sullivan if she did tell the truth in her prior testimony. Sullivan
replied that she thought she did. According to church spokesman Sandy Block, the trial is
expected to continue for up to three more weeks.
Hubbard’s most recent best-selling work, “Battlefield Earth,” is not only currently in
production for the screen, but a musical sound track written by Hubbard for the book has
been released under the same title.
Contact – Kathy Gorgon of the Church of Scientology at 213-662-9431.
- Retrieved on September 22, 2014 from www.xenufrance.net/osa-so-called-press-releases-year-1984.pdf ↩