Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email
Tampabay Times (formerly the St.Petersburg Times)
By Joe Childs and Thomas C.Tobin, Times Staff Writers
Jan 30, 2012http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientolog ... ve/1213102Also as a topic on Tampabay Times Blogs: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/talk/cont ... ology-suit
The lawsuit — filed Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where Cook lives — reveals that the church paid Cook and her husband, Wayne Baumgarten, $50,000 each to remain silent about their time on church staff.
Arguing that it faced "substantial risk of imminent harm and irreparable injury," the church asked for and received an order temporarily restraining Cook and Baumgarten from saying anything more.
• They waived their First Amendment rights to free speech.
• They can never, "in perpetuity," disclose any information about the church, its staff or former staff.
• They can never publish, attempt to publish or help anyone publish any information about the church in any media, including newspapers, television, radio or the Internet.
• They can never utter a disparaging word about the church, either directly or indirectly.
The couple agreed to stiff penalties for violating the agreement, including a minimum of $100,000 for each disparaging Internet posting, each television broadcast or each newspaper story.
Before filing the lawsuit, the church wrote Cook and Baumgarten to demand they stop violating the agreement. The lawsuit said Cook responded last Thursday, stating in an email that she would not give up her right to free speech and declaring: "If you sue me, it really doesn't matter ... I have no money to spend on an attorney."
The couple runs a fledgling marketing, public relations and advertising business — Cook Profitability Services — in a San Antonio suburb. Cook's personal Web site is asking for donations to her legal defense.
Marty Rathbun, another former Scientology executive who has been critical of the church, last week mounted a fundraising drive for the same purpose. He declined to say Monday how much had been raised but said it was enough to ably represent Cook and Baumgarten at the Feb. 9 hearing.
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The Lawsuit (PDF): http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2012/P ... 43_001.pdf
Her contract (PDF): http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2012/P ... 44_001.pdf
Previous OCMB Media Reports thread on the original story which led up to this lawsuit....CoS Rocked By Allegations of Greed in Email to 12000 members viewtopic.php?f=11&t=47674
OCMB Opinions & Debate thread, linked to the post where this latest episode takes off: viewtopic.php?p=431402#p431402
WWP Media: https://whyweprotest.net/community/thre ... ail.99568/
ESMB: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.p ... k-in-Texas
Debbie Cook web page, with a donation link to a legal defense:http://www.debbiecookbaumgarten.com/