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After 22 years, church pays damages to ex-member

Title: After 22 years, church pays damages to ex-member
Date: Saturday, 11 May 2002
Publisher: The Age (Australia)
Author: Richard Leiby
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Nearly 22 years ago, Lawrence Wollersheim, a disaffected member of the Church of Scientology, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing the church of mental abuse that pushed him to the brink of suicide. Teams of lawyers and various rulings came and went, all the way to the US Supreme Court. Judgments against the church hit $US30 million ($A55 million), then dropped to $US2.5 million. But the Church of Scientology never paid - until Thursday, when officials wrote a cheque for ... [Read the rest at]