Saturday, February 19, 2011 | Categories: Day 6 Blog
He was one of the church's many celebrity members and his dedication to Scientology helped him rise to a high level within the church. But in 2009 he broke with Scientology. And since then he's been an outspoken opponent.
The New Yorker article contains allegations that the church's head, David Miscavige, physically abused church members. Paul Haggis is of course a huge part of this story. But a man by the name of Marty Rathbun is also a central character. Rathbun is a former church leader. He used to oversee Scientology's legal-defense strategy. And he reported directly to David Miscavige, the man at the centre of the allegations of abuse. He's now a reporter and counsels people who have left Scientology. We reached Marty Rathbun in Corpus Christi, Texas.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SCIENTOLOGY'S REPSONSE TO OUR INTERVIEW
Day 6 spoke to Tommy Davis - the chief spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International - to get his response to the claims that Rathbun made in our interview.
He told us that David Miscavige never hit anyone. He said that Miscavige never hit Rathbun or Mike Rinder, the church's former spokesman. Davis said that said nobody was ever detained in the church's buildings at Gold Base in California.
He told us that the game of musical chairs never became violent. And he told The New Yorker that nobody was ever threatened with separation from their families.
A letter we received from the church's attorneys said that all charges that Rathbun made in our interview are false. And they characterize Rathbun as a discredited individual.