Ex-Scientologist story #280, Film maker labeled, “SP” & “Criminal.”

Scientologist Since 1982, Filmmaker Vince Offer is Suing the Church of    Scientology for Being Labeled a ‘Criminal’ and Persecuted for His Movie’s   Artistic Expression, Among Other Things

    LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ — Ever since late night infomercials ran  on national cable stations for “The Underground Comedy Movie,” co-starring  Michael Clarke Duncan, Slash, Gena Lee Nolin and Joey Buttafuoco, the movie  has become a household name.  LA Weekly crowned it as “The single most  offensive movie ever made!”  And it definitely delivers the goods.  So much  so, the filmmaker was kicked out and branded a “Criminal” by the Church of  Scientology.
    In 1997, while in production on his movie, church officials allegedly  orchestrated  a  meticulously covert propaganda campaign against Offer.  To help  galvanize church staff to get of rid Offer, illegally, selected shots of the  movie were taken from a rough cut copy, placed them in a report accompanied by  scarring comments and distributed within the church.
    After setting the stage, the Scientology sub-organization that recruits  and caters to celebrities “Celebrity Center International,” located in  Hollywood and whose motto is “To Create a Safe Space for Artists,” according  to Offer recruited dozens of his Scientology friends, associates and actors  that worked on Underground Comedy, to write false and malicious reports  against him.  If individuals refused to write these reports, they were  threatened with condemnation and punishment that could be lethal to their  careers.  One person reported a statement informing, “They threatened that I  would also be Declared Suppressive if I didn’t write up all the bad stuff I  knew on Vince.”  A Scientology term, “Declared Suppressive,” means being
labeled as an “enemy” of Scientology, expelled from the organization, becoming
“fair game,” and subject to “disconnection” by all family, friends and   associates who are Scientologists.
    Celebrity Center staff executives summoned Offer to face a Scientology  court for the numerous charges that unbeknownst to Offer were recruited by  Scientology officials but were presented to Offer as having been written by  other members on their “own accord.”       This court was run by four scientology church staff members, the youngest  being about 14 years of age, and in March of 1998, a ruling document entitled  “Findings and Recommendations,” held Offer to be guilty of 23 charges, none of  which were ever presented to him in the “court.”  To add insult to injury, the
ruling document labeled him a “Declare Type B,” a Scientology term which means
a person who is a “Criminal” and has “a criminal record.”  This was publicly  distributed or communicated to all associates, future associates of Offer and  general Scientology members, thereby sealing his fate as an outcast.  Offer  suffered irreparable damage due to this, including a lucrative business  enterprise he owned that consisted of many Scientology sales representatives  who abandoned him upon hearing the “Criminal” charge.  The enterprise folded  soon after.      In August 1999, a year and a half after Offer was labeled a “criminal,” a  Scientology appeal board found that the original accusations in the court  ruling were all untrue and that Offer was never even presented with the  charges.  Furthermore, they concluded the imposition of the “Criminal” label  on Offer was an injustice.  But the appeal board never apologized, or  acknowledged the church’s responsibility in the propaganda campaign or offered  reparations.

    By January 2002, Offer’s life was destroyed, as he was now broke, alone  and was left with an unfinished movie.  To keep from going under, he undertook  his inherent marketing abilities and pitched kitchen vegetable choppers at  swap meets.  In the span of 5 years, Offer went from owning an enterprise with  dozens of sales reps in 1997, to selling on his own in a swap meet.  In April  of 2002, against all odds, he managed to generate enough money from swap meet  sales to launch a successful infomercial campaign for his movie.  It is the  first movie ever to be marketed in this medium, which propelled DVD sales to  almost 100,000 units in the US.
    Offer is using his proceeds from the sales of the movie to fight the  Church in court.  Armed with evidence and the passion of obtaining redress for  injustice, he has pursued an unrelenting quest to expose the human cruelty and  destructive practices committed, still to this day, by the Church of  Scientology’s leadership helmed by David Miscavage.
    The preliminary case discussion starts in LA judicial court June 24, 2004. Offer is represented by attorney Ford Greene of Marin County, California, a  recent finalist for the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice 2003 Trial Lawyer of  the Year for collecting almost $8.7 million from Scientology in a case they  swore “Not One Thin Dime for Wollersheim” the man they drove into insanity and  then punished with fair game.

To read more of his story go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Offer

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