Harassment case involving the Church of Scientology goes before judge

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by Stacia Willson / KENS 5

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Posted on September 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 6:05 PM

COMAL COUNTY, Texas -- A case involving alleged human harassment is going before a Comal County judge.

A Bulverde woman has filed a lawsuit against Scientology leader David Miscavige and Operatives and Organizations of Scientology.

The plaintiff in the case, Monique Rathbun, is married to former Scientology Executive Marty Rathbun, who blew the whistle on the church and turned into an outspoken critic.

The two-day hearing is designed to determine whether a temporary injunction against the head of the church should be made permanent.

For more than three yeas, Rathbun claims the Church of Scientology International and its leader Miscavige with the Religious Technology Center, RTC, shattered the privacy and tranquility of her family's life in south Texas.

"This case is about the intentional premeditated harassment carried out by the defendants against the plaintiff Monique Rathbun. Should the temporary restraining order protecting Ms. Rathbun, should it be extended into a temporary injunction, these defendants subject to jurisdiction here in Texas," said Plaintiff Attorney Ray Jeffery.

Rathbun said Miscavige and the Church of Scientology International are responsible for constant surveillance, face-to-face confrontations, intimidation, insults and harassment of her family, friends and coworkers as well as humiliating nasty pranks.

Rathbun also said that the church and RTC interfered with her and her husbands ability to make a living, claims the defense attorneys deny.

Rathbun claims she and her family moved from Corpus Christi last year to Bulverde in hopes of escaping the alleged harassment, but soon they learned they were being watched from an RV with a camera set up. The defense claims they had nothing to do with the surveillance.

"She's entitled to make her case. She's entitled to demonstrate and get recovery from those who violated her rights as they did but that's Mr. Miscavige," said Attorney Lamont Jefferson.

The defense team stressed on Thursday that Miscavige is solely concerned with the church, but that Scientology has a right to protect its belief system, and that the church took no illegal action in how it dealt with the Rathbun family.

Rathbun also seeks $1 million in damages as part of her legal action.
 

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