Michelle LeClair was a literal poster girl for Scientology, but in her recent memoir, Perfectly Clear, she reveals how she was bullied out of the church for coming out as a lesbian. LeClair joined Scientology when she was 18 and says it was just a year later she knew she was only attracted to women.
"I didn't really get a chance to explore my sexuality. I didn't get a chance to be educated outside of the church," she said to Fox News. "I didn't want to be considered a bad person… [I] shut it down.
LeClair relates the harsh punishments for coming out in Scientology. Despite being the "poster girl" for the world outside, in the strictly stratified and authoritarian ranks of the cult she was publicly humiliated before her peers.
"I was ordered to walk the halls of the Scientology Celebrity Centre [in Hollywood] asking random members to read and sign my confession. I needed 25 signatures to be allowed to rejoin the church. I was so mortified that, after 10 or 15 requests, I ran to the bathroom and sobbed. But I knew that wasn't going to happen."
LeClair published an excerpt of her book in People, explaining how her life "unspooled as if I were in a suspense novel. Strange cars idled at the curb by my home at all hours of the day. Men wearing dark glasses followed me to the grocery store, my kids’ school. My computer and my phone [were] hacked."
For those unfamiliar with the church, this may seem hard to believe but Scientology is credited with the largest domestic spying network in US history. They had people on the inside in numerous government offices even managed to steal documents from the IRS during Operation Snow White as L. Ron Hubbard called it.
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<a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6257247/Poster-girl-Scientology-claims-harassed-leaving-came-lesbian.html">LeClair was charged with running a Ponzi scheme</a> after this. She believes the charges stem from the Church. She was accused of absconding with over a million dollars from 40 total victims by having them invest their life savings in a movie that was guaranteed to pay off big. LeClair asserts that she was hired to raise money for a producer who was also a Scientologist. This is similar to the case of Steven Fishman.
Fishman was arrested on charges relating to a financial scam conducted from 1983 to 1988. At the time of his arrest in 1988, the FBI investigated the possibility of church involvement. Fishman had made close to one million dollars and nearly a third of that money went straight back to Scientology.
<a href="https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-10th-circuit/1866843.html">The Fishman case</a> resulted in the release of upper O.T. level documents related to "Xenu" the space lord who was responsible for brainwashed ghosts of aliens attaching themselves to prehistoric humans as "thetans" causing all of humanity's misery (according to L. Ron Hubbard anyway). Ironically, despite the documents coming directly from the church and being referred to in public documents as indicative of the true nature of reality, so powerful that the uninitiated could go mad or die just from being exposed to them, Chairman of the Board (COB) Miscavige maintains that the "theories" that Scientologist doctrine is as much science fiction as the founder's pulp work have no basis in reality.
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Scientology has publicly refuted LeClair's claims in a statement.
"We are outraged by Michelle LeClair’s attempt to slander the Church of Scientology in an effort to divert attention from the fact that she bilked millions of dollars from her investors,' they wrote in a statement to Fox News.
"Everything else Ms LeClair is saying is a red herring. Allegations the Church stalked Ms. LeClair or harassed her in any way after she came out as gay are complete fiction.
"Contrary to myths spread by Ms. LeClair and her publishers as they try to sell her book, the Church has no position on sexual orientation and told that to Ms. LeClair at the time she came out."
Contrary to Scientology's official stance, the church definitely has views on sexual orientation, specifically homosexuality. According to Hubbard in Dianetics and in lectures, homosexuality was a sign of an unbalanced mind. Scientology's "tone scale" runs from -3 to +4. Scientologists believe in Hubbard's doctrine that homosexuals exist at a lower point of the "tone scale."
<a href="https://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-homophobia/">Dianetics was Hubbard's first published mention of homosexuality,</a> "The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic II such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc. and all down the catalogue of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically. Perversion as an illness has so many manifestations that it must be spread through the entire gamut of classes from (1) to (5) above."
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Homosexuals, according to church doctrine, exist at 1.1 on the tone scale, the level of "Covert Hostility."
<a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-scientology-suit-settled-20180723-story.html">Director Paul Haggis left Scientology</a> after an exposé published in a Florida's St. Petersburg Times newspaper revealed rampant abuses and discrimination related to Scientology, in some cases leading to the breakup of families (disconnection, as it's called in the church).