More controversy surrounding the Church of Scientology.
It's been reported that Church leader David Miscavige was dropping $10,000 a week to spy on his elderly father Ronald Miscavige out of fear that he would leak negative information about Scientology's practices!
It's detailed in a police report which states that after Ron and his wife Becky left the church, David hired detectives to follow Ron around for 18 months. The report claims the detectives placed GPS tracking on Ron's car, photographed him, eavesdropped on his conversations, and searched through his trash!
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The report came to light after police received a call about "suspicious activity" which led to the arrest of private investigator Dwayne Powell in 2013. Powell said to police that he and his 21-year-old son were hired full time by Miscavige, of the Church of Scientology, to follow his father. Detective Nicholas Pye wrote in the police report:
"Powell stated that if Ron was doing anything that was deemed to be not in the best interest of the church, he would report to his contact and the church would send people from L.A. to intervene and speak with Ron to correct his behaviors."
Powell also recounted a horrifying incident where he witness Ron grasped his chest in physical peril in a parking lot. Powell alleged that he was instructed NOT to step in and save Ron's life.
Wow, that's a STRONG accusation.
The Church of Scientology is denying all of these claims, and David's Miscavige's attorney had this to say:
"Mr. Miscavige does not know Mr. Powell, has never heard of Mr. Powell, has never met Mr. Powell, has never spoken to Mr. Powell, never hired Mr. Powell and never directed any investigations by Mr. Powell."
A spokesperson for the church deemed the accusations that Powell's claim about not saving Ron's life is "unadulterated bullsh*t" and David has always "taken care of his father and continues to do so."
We don't know what to think of all this. If Powell really wasn't hired by the church, then someone else paid him to follow around an elderly man.
Do U believe the church's claims that this report is total BS?
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