I am not a lawyer, but since I have seen every episode of Ally McBeal, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert on American law and so have decided to graciously give you the benefit of my opinion on this matter.
Firstly, Miscavige has detonated a medium-yield footnuke by ordering his pet shysters to bring this suit. I suspect he is so blinded by rage at Debbie’s personal criticism of him that he is oblivious to the consequences. A ‘church’ that professes to be a supporter of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights suing someone for expressing their opinion? This fact alone is going to make them look very bad to a lot of people who might have been inclined to give them support.
And this is quite apart from the extra publicity generated by this filing. The furore over the original email was just about dying down and then it gets catapulted into the news again! How many Scientologists who were unaware of the original email are going to hear about this and then wonder WTF and look for the text?
I had been hoping that someone would challenge one of these gagging agreements ever since I heard about them a few years ago. If Debbie wins this case, then perhaps this will lead to a flood of stories from other disgruntled ex-SO.
Clearly, this suit has been brought in order to intimidate, probably with the intention of making Debbie and Wayne retract their earlier comments (and probably say that this was all done at the behest of Marty) even if it means giving them some more cash. I just hope that Debbie and Wayne have the persistence to take it to court. Imagine the scenario where Debbie’s defence team claim that the contract is void as it was signed under duress, citing months of public humiliation and degrading punishments at the hands of the cult’s Diminutive Dictator and then proceed to depose the entire Int Exec strata including Davey boy?
I can’t imagine that Miscavige will ever allow himself to be dragged into a court and be faced with nightmare scenario of having to admit to handing out sadistic and arbitrary punishments or the alternative of perjuring himself.
Trouble is, the cult can’t back out now as it will make them look weak and give the green light for anyone else who were forced to sign these NDAs.
I can see this particular soap playing for quite some time and being a very irritating thorn in the cult’s backside.