RICO Lawsuit Targets Church of Scientology

(IntegrityTimes.com) – The Church of Scientology is back in the headlines after the plaintiffs in a civil harassment lawsuit against the organization amended their original complaint for the second time. They have now asked the court to include Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) charges, backing up the request with new rape accusations against actor Danny Masterson. He is listed as a defendant in the case, in addition to the leader of the church, David Miscavige.

The plaintiffs filed the new complaint on December 27, accusing the organization of engaging in fraud, human trafficking, identity theft, and money laundering” to make money and line the pockets of leaders. The complaint also highlights how the organization retaliates against accusers by threatening and extorting them. Other shocking allegations were listed in the complaint, including how leaders force members to use phones that can only make calls with a special code. Once the code is entered, the leaders can track the calls. The phones are also incapable of dialing 911, according to the lawsuit.

Masterson’s recent conviction for rape charges was cited multiple times in the complaint, with plaintiffs arguing that the church will commit endless crimes to cover up the wrongdoing of high-profile members. In the past, Scientology promoted a policy called Fair Game, which was used to justify any action that would ruin the lives of its enemies who made accusations or shared information about the organization’s activities.

The Church of Scientology responded to the new complaint in an email to Fox News Digital, claiming that the plaintiffs’ accusations were completely false. The church also included what appeared to be a warning to Fox, writing, “To repeat the scandalous claims and headlines is malicious.” It went further, recommending that Fox visit its website and television platform to find out the truth. The church also cautioned that presumptive headlines could endanger members of the church and risk their lives. The case will likely go to trial in late 2025.

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