Scientology to Marc and Claire Headley: Spy For Us and We’ll Forget the $43K You Owe
The Voice has obtained a remarkable document — a letter from Scientology’s attorneys which explains how the church would agree to forgive almost $43,000 in court costs if Marc and Claire Headley agree to turn over information about former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun and “others involved in disparaging” the church, “including any media contacts.”
In July, we reported that the Headleys lost in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a lower court had dismissed their 2009 lawsuits against the church. In a lengthy and detailed decision, federal appellate judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain found that as longtime members of Scientology’s hardcore “Sea Org,” the Headleys had certainly endured hardships — Claire claimed that she had been forced to have an abortion in order to keep up with the Sea Org’s 100-hour weeks while paid pennies an hour — but Scientology had not violated human trafficking laws.
After that court victory, Scientology was entitled to court costs, and the Headleys received three bills totaling $42,852.06. As a matter of procedure, they say, their attorney asked the church to waive those costs.
They were stunned when they got the church’s response, explaining what it wanted in order to make that debt go away.
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