June 21, 2009: Several former high-ranking members of the Church of Scientology have made a number of serious allegations against David Miscavige, the leader of the Church and its administrations. These allegations include:
- David Miscavige frequently assaulted any of his male subordinates who displeased him.
- He once threatened to scatter a group of senior managers to remote outposts of the church, splitting them from their families - except for the winner of a game of musical chairs played to the sound of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
- Staffers were disciplined and controlled by a multilayered system of "ecclesiastical justice,'' which included publicly confessing sins and crimes to a group of peers, being ordered to jump into a pool fully clothed, facing embarrassing "security checks'' or being isolated as a "suppressive person.''
- Church members covered up how they botched the care of Lisa McPherson, an apparently mentally ill church member.
- The Church overwhelmed the Internal Revenue Service of the United States with lawsuits until they agreed to restore their tax-exempt status just to make the lawsuits stop.
- To increase revenues, the Church has urged its members to buy "must have" material, including religious texts.
The Church is strongly denying these accusations, describing the former members as malcontents.
Game and Story Use
- True or not, these allegations can serve as a good inspiration for a Religion of Evil.
- The alleged behavior of the leader could also serve as inspiration for a Corrupt Corporate Executive who controls his corporation absolutely and terrorizes his subordinate managers.