David Miscavige and his team of lawyers are trying their best to stop his father from publishing a tell-all book on the Church of Scientology. While publishers are still planning on releasing the book in the U.K., David has threatened to sue for defamation if the book is seen by the public.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ron Miscavige’s book includes shocking secrets about the controversial religious organization. This includes terrible working conditions, member bullying, and a frightening prison system for members that do not follow the rules.
Of course, HBO already created and aired a documentary, Going Clear, that revealed many secrets on the Church of Scientology. Ron first announced his plans to write a book shortly after the release of the documentary and planned to title the project If He Dies, He Dies.
Ron has since renamed the book Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige. For his part, David is currently serving as the church’s chairman and leader of its technology branch and has issued his own statement threatening a defamation suit if the book is released to the public.
“You are now on notice of the highly defamatory content of the subject book,” the letter explains. “Accordingly, in the event that you proceed with the release of this book, in total disregard for the truth, our client will be left with no alternative but to seek the protection of UK/Irish defamation and other laws.”
Neither Ron nor David are the original founders of the Church of Scientology. In fact, David took control of the organization from the founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Since then, rumors have circulated about how he handles the church.
That being said, Ron also has an extensive history with Scientology. According to Yahoo Celebrity, Ron introduced David to Scientology when he was just a kid. Even as a child, David made his way through the ranks of the church and even dropped out of high school to join a special group within the organization called “Sea Org.”
“He advanced very rapidly in the Church,” Ron explained. “He really decided at a very young age to make it his career and his mission.”
In regards to how he took control of the church, many have suspected manipulation was a key factor in the coup. However, David once explained in a rare interview that his rise to power was a product of support within the organization.
“People keep saying, ‘How’d you get power?'” David stated in the 1998 interview. “Nobody gives you power. I’ll tell you what power is. Power in my estimation is if people will listen to you. That’s it.”
Hubbard’s family has a long history of confrontation with David, but the founder was personally very fond of David. When Hubbard passed away in 1986, David quickly took over as head of the church.
Meanwhile, despite the threats from his son, Ron is still planning on releasing the book in the U.K. and later in the U.S.
“My plans for the book haven’t changed at all,” he shared.
Along with the release of Ron’s book, 20/20 is planning on airing a special on the Church of Scientology, which will include interviews with Ron and famous ex-Scientologist Leah Remini. The special will tackle the many secrets of the organization and delve into Ron’s upcoming book.
While fans can watch the special on Friday night on ABC, Salon is reporting that David’s lawyers are not happy with his father’s decision to spill his secrets. Although the title of the book is a clear stab at his son, the church’s lawyer, Monique Yingling, explained that Ron’s book is very inaccurate.
“And the title of the book, ‘Ruthless,’ I mean, it couldn’t be a falser description of David Miscavige,” she stated. “He’s a very compassionate, kind person.”
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