Scientology Battered on Two Sides
E-meters along Hollywood and Sunset boulevards must have been going off their dials this week. The
Meanwhile, according to Agence France Press, "the Church of Scientology and six of its French leaders went on trial on Monday on charges of organized fraud that could lead to an outright ban on the organization in France." The charges stem from one woman's accusation that in 1998 her Scientologist employer forced her to undergo Scientology-administered testing and enroll in church courses, and fired her when she balked. A second woman alleges that she was conned into shelling out $28,000 on Scientology gear, including an E-meter.
The French church claims the legal proceedings amount to a heresy trial, while prosecutors claim Scientology coerced the women "with the goal of seizing their fortune by exerting a psychological hold." The trial is expected to last until mid June, with a decision rendered some time later.