dailytelegraph ~ A Scientologist has launched private legal action to prevent a former member coming anywhere near her and the Church, with bizarre claims of harassment and intimidation.
But Aaron Saxton, an outspoken anti-Scientologist, yesterday told a Sydney court he did not even know who the woman was until a summons was served on him. As he opposed an apprehended violence order yesterday, he said the case was designed purely to stop him exercising his right to free speech.
Mr Saxton, through independent senator Nick Xenophon, has alleged a litany of abuses during his time as a Scientology employee, but it was his contact with Sydney church member Sue Hunt that landed him as a defendant in court.
Ms Hunt, 45, claims she was outside Scientology's Sydney headquarters in Glebe on December 16 last year when she noticed Mr Saxton and a friend “loitering in an empty street with no obvious legitimate business to conduct.”
In a document filed in Balmain Local Court she says she was “in fear for her safety” because “they were much bigger and stronger” than her, so she moved her car down the street. A short time later, she claimed Mr Saxton and his friend - who was video taping the encounter - approached her and asked why she had moved her car.
“The applicant found this behavior intimidating and threatening; she feared for her person and was alone and could not move from her position,” the statement alleges.
Nothing further occurred, and Mr Saxton who denies anything untoward took place, told The Daily Telegraph outside the court that the whole episode was captured on his friend's video camera, which he would tender when the case went to hearing.
Magistrate Paul Falzon cast doubt on Ms Hunt's allegation, saying the court would have to be satisfied of a “reasonable apprehension” of a violent or intimidating act.
He said the matter was likely to descend into a “political bunfight” but set it down for a hearing later this month. [more at WWP]
Scientology 'Fair Game's Aaron Saxton - Today Tonight
A Manual On The Dissemination Of Material ~ 1955 By L Ron Hubbard
"The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than win.
The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly."
Aaron Saxton Updates On Scientology Harrasment [before above was available].
Again we see another critic of the church being forced to abort speaking out against the Church through their use of litigation to silence those that tell the truth about them.
updated:04.feb.10 video added