Ex-Scientologist Story #262, Musician hits off-key note.


Having lived under both Communism and Scientology Gabor Szabo (3/8/36-2/26/82) truly understood the nature of totalitarianism. 

Szabo discovered jazz in his native Hungary through Willis Conover’s V.O.A. program. He was soon playing in local clubs on a crudely constructed guitar. It was the only possession Szabo brought with him when forced to exit Hungary during the 1956 revolution.

Eventually Szabo made his way to America, and found his initial fame with Chico Hamilton’s distinctive quintet. Szabo’s music fused jazz with traditional Indian and Gypsy music, but also took inspiration from contemporary pop tunes. An entrepreneur as well as an artist, Szabo joined with musicians Gary McFarland and Cal Tjader to form Skye Records, as a vehicle for their pop-jazz experiments.

In the late 1970’s Szabo sought treatment for his heroin addiction at a Scientology-affiliated drug treatment center, and became deeply involved in the religion. In 1980, he broke from the Church, unsuccessfully filing suit for alleged financial mismanagement.”: http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/canada/calgary-szabo-020980.htm snip> Jazz guitarist sues Scientologists February 9, 1980

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo has filed a $21 million lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, accusing the organization of embezzling his money, kidnapping him and forcing him to undergo a Scientology “Life Repair Course.”

In a 36-page complaint, Szabo’s lawyer listed accusations which included Scientology’s alleged takeover of the musician’s career after he sought help in the church’s drug-treatment program.

Szabo, born in Budapest in 1936, is best known for his worked with Lena Horne. During the late ’60s and early ’70s he was a regular at the Monterey and Newport jazz festivals. His most popular tune is Mizrab which came out in the late ’70s.

Szabo contends the church induced him to sign a personal management contract with Artists International, a company he said is an arm of the Church of Scientology. He said the firm was inept in artist management and more concerned with using his name to win converts to Scientology.

He said the company charged a fee of 26 percent of his gross income for its services but did not pass on or account for the thousands of dollars he earned while they managed him. Szabo accused Scientology and Artists International of embezzling at least $15,000 from him.

Scientology will promise anything to anyone in order to sell courses.  In this case though the route to this man’s bank account was through their phony drug-treatment program.  As always the cult denied any wrongdoing.

The church’s minister of public affairs, Heber Jentzsch, denied all allegations and said Szabo has been given a full refund of his money “and has signed documents to that effect.”

It should be noted that at this time, 8/5/11 Heber Jentzsch is being held in the “hole” out in Hemet with other worthies on the shit list of David Miscavige.  He has been incommunicado for some time.

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