Scientology On Trial in France for Fraud, Illegal Drugs: Faces Ban

May 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The decidedly non-mainstream Church of Scientology, founded in 1954 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, with Hollywood stars, Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its members, is currently on trial in Paris from a lawsuit filed 10 years ago by former members and the country’s pharmaceutical association.

The Church of Scientology is accused of organized fraud in its alleged practices of bilking followers out of their life savings for questionable “life healing” lessons and vitamins.

The suit centers on the claims of two women who were former members, who claim they were lured into the church with fake personality tests and other methods, with the primary goal of depriving them of their fortunes.

Once they became members, the women in the suit claim the church leaders exerted psychological pressure over them to ensure they continued to give the church money and purchase various “purification packs” and vitamins.

One of the plaintiffs, 33-year old Aude-Claire Malton, depleted her savings and life insurance accounts totaling approximately $33,000. When she was unable to withdraw additional money, she claims one of the church leaders sent her to a loan company and accompanied her home one evening so she could write out a check to the church.

Malton further claims in her suit that the church used various methods to gain a psychological hold on her, including constant sauna sessions designed to tire her into “submission.”

Three other plaintiffs withdrew their complaints before trial after reaching an out-of-court financial settlement with the Church of Scientology.

The defendants in the case include the Church of Scientology’s main center in France, the ASES-Celebrity Center, its bookshop and six of its leaders. Scientology lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve claims that every church has lost sheep, and the suit should not address the question of whether Scientology is a real religion.

France does not recognize Scientology as a religion, but instead treats it as a cult. It’s recognized in the U.S. as a religion.

If found guilty, the individual defendants face maximum fines of one million-euro and a ten year jail term. The church of Scientology faces a five million-euro fine and would be shut down and banned from operating in France.

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  4. Kevin Owen on May 28th, 2009 10:26 pm

    Another effort by the French to ban us. It does make good media, all these accusations and charges [none proven] sensationalised by the press. One thing I notice is that the hits on my website go through the roof when these attacks on Scientology are happening, so in the end we win anyway.
    Anyone who thinks one womans accusation that she was forced to spend to much 8yrs ago is going to get Scientology banned from France is living in a fantansy world. Like I said though it does make good press

    Church Of Scientology Statement On France Trial
    http://www.rehabilitatenz.co.nz/pages/scientology-france-trial.html

    Those That Oppose Scientology
    http://www.rehabilitatenz.co.nz/pages/scientology-opposed.html

  5. Steve Drasche on May 29th, 2009 5:59 pm

    As a Scientologist I can choose to or not choose to, donate money to the Church and I have gladly done so over the past thirty years, receiving in exchange a vast abundance of relief from suffering, pain and discomfort and gaining more spiritual awareness, happiness and increased abilities. Add to that the fact I feel younger than ever! It is my donations and those of satisfied Church members like myself that make it possible for future generations to take advantage of what I have experienced for themselves. Never have I been forced to pay for anything! These people are guilty of the crime they scream about – out for money!

  6. katherine on June 5th, 2009 8:28 am

    It is interesting that a pharmaceutical company is involved in this attack on Scientology in Paris. The anit-depressant Cymbalta made 2 billion dollars for the drug company. 64, 000 children have committed suicide on antidepressants. Drug companies want Scientology out of the way so they can make trillions and drug every man, woman and child they can. The Church has a policy of refunding money in its entirety if the person wishes. I have been a Scientologist for 25 years. The use of this knowledge in my life rescued my father from dying from suffocation; saved my children from a suppressive education and gave them the arts. It saved me from pain and a life alone. How terrible that France is doing this.

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