:: escape ::  helping families effected by Scientology

At present this entails a small relevant selection of Court documents that will show that we are able to state the truth with impunity and without reproach by Scientology.

We believe the documents in this section portray the result of a six year litigation in the High Court of London against Scientology in a matter of Libel. The result of which enable us now to speak with impunity and freedom from any further legal harassment. The documents also, at one level, portray our credentials and it would be reasonable to presume that what is contained in the bulk of our website is true and one in which Scientology cannot dispute

High Court - Wednesday 6th June 1999

Today in the High Court, Scientology *totally capitulated* in the libel case brought by ex-member Bonnie Woods, settling for the following conditions: * A profuse apology was read out in open court by Scientology's counsel, officially acknowledging that hurtful statements made about Bonnie were untrue. * "Substantial damages", apparently in six figures, have been paid to Bonnie from Scientology's account. Bonnie's bankruptcy is now discharged, so she gets to keep all the money. * Scientology has accepted an injunction which prevents them from repeating the libels. If they mount another hate campaign against Bonnie, they face prison and large financial penalties. This represents a complete victory for Bonnie Woods in a case was has been going for six years.

Informal estimates are that Scientology has spent 5 million fighting the case. Three counter-claims brought by Scientology were dismissed with prejudice last year. This result is thanks to Bonnie's pro bono representation by the major City law firm Allen and Overy. At 10.30 this morning, Bonnie, her husband Richard, her legal team, and many friends and well-wishers gathered in the High Court to hear the apology in an extremely brief session. As we came out of the court, Scientology spokesman Graeme Wilson distributed a press release which does not mention the apology and damages and clearly implies that Bonnie has apologised to Scientology (this will also be posted separately). Outside the court, Bonnie was met by a crowd of TV and press journalists and happily posed for the cameras with her husband and her cute baby granddaughter. There is already an article about the settlement in the Daily Express. Ron Lawley stated that the case would not have come this far if it had not been for the Internet. Several netizens have sent encouragement and financial help and Allen and Overy's involvement was a result of Dave Bird referring the case to the Liberty panel.

Below are links to the Apology bearing the High Court headed note paper, together with the Official High Court Undertakings that Scientology have agreed to in court.

Justice Popperwell: Original statement
Justice Eady: Main Apology Document
Justice Eady: Protection against further writs





>> you are here << <- Back to homepage