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David Miscavige: “The Adulterer”?

September 29, 2009

The latest series of posts on Marty Rathbun’s blog reveals that David Miscavige may well have sent his own wife off to a “re-education” program at a confidential location, meanwhile carrying on an illicit affair with his “Communicator,” Laurisse Henley-Smith (formerly Stuckenbrock).

Sure, maybe if Miscavige were a Washington politician or a corporate CEO, we could dismiss such peccadilloes as “human nature.” But it’s much more serious than that. Let’s put it in context.

When a group of former Int Base staff recently spoke out against Miscavige’s violence and abuse in a series of articles in the St. Petersburg Times, the Church’s response was to attack and vilify those former staffers. One in particular they branded ‘The Adultress,” stating that she had repeated extramarital affairs.

Specifics? None. Proof? None.  Just a sanctimonious assertion that she had “violated fundamental rules of the Scientology religious order.”

Now let’s look at David Miscavige.

1.  According to former insiders, Miscavige’s wife Shelly became suspicious of the close relationship between him and his “Communicator,” Laurisse Henley-Smith.  Shortly after this, Shelley Miscavige disappeared from the Int Base. She was no longer present at meetings, and her post title, “COB Assistant,” disappeared from internal dispatches.  She is thought to be on an intense behavior modification program at a remote, confidential location.

2.  Following Shelly’s disappearance, Laurisse became Miscavige’s constant companion. She accompanied Miscavige to Tom Cruise’s wedding, and attended a Del Mar race with Dave, Tom and Katie, where she was photographed with her hand possessively on his shoulder.

3. At a gathering of Scientology celebrities, one celeb observed Laurisse patting Miscavige affectionately on the butt. Laurisse didn’t know she was being observed. Being a conscientious Scientologist, the celeb wrote a Knowledge Report on the incident. The handling? The celeb was ordered to Flag for Sec Checking and Ethics interviews (read “behavior modification”) to find out why she was “critical of COB.”

4.  On long flights aboard Tom Cruise’s personal jet, witnesses observed Dave and Laurisse retiring to Tom’s bedroom cabin for hours on end. The cabin’s only feature? A bed.

Let’s add to this the fact that Miscavige ordered Laurisse to divorce her husband, Uwe Stuckenbrock, and Uwe was sent to the Los Angeles RPF, despite the fact that he was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Uwe, abandoned and forgotten by Laurisse and subject to stress and hard labor, spent years on the RPF, and eventually died there.

Laurisse is the daughter of prominent New Zealand Scientologist Eunice Henley-Smith. Someone should tip off Eunice as to what is happening with her daughter.

In addition to destroying his own marriage, and that of Laurisse and Uwe, Miscavige has ordered literally hundreds of Sea Org Members to separate from and divorce their spouses. This has not only included RTC couples, but also hundreds of other Int Base couples.

His campaign against marriage and families has affected hundreds.

LRH said in HCO PL 3 March 1966:

It is interesting that a review of faltering orgs that got into trouble in their areas each one had a bad sex entanglement high on staff.

A review of actions of orgs and attacks over the last fifteen years makes it stand out sharply that an org which is mixed up sexually in the higher echelons will not be effective, will have low statistics and can’t defend itself on the public front.

OSA, I know you read these posts. When, when, when, are you actually going to do something honest and effective? Are you going to continue to lie for and cover up for this guy, or are you actually going to do what you are supposed to do, protect the Church of Scientology?

Laurisse, if you read this, just think about this: When will you end up on a “behavior modification program” in a remote confidential location, with a new hot little honey acting as Miscavige’s “Communicator”? Wake up.

  1. Rebel Too permalink
    September 29, 2009 9:29 pm

    Thanks again for your article Rebel008. The double standard at play here needs to be challenged by every Scientologist within the church. As the outside pressure being exerted on current church management continues to increase, and as more and more OTs and other Scientologists continue to defect, I am personally urging those still in to look for themselves. Realize that what you observe and perceive ARE what what you observe and perceive. Take some responsibility for your own perceptions and do something about it. If only to write a KR. A Flag MAA once told me that one should not deny one’s own perceptions and that writing a KR on what you perceive is indeed a valid reason for writing one.

    • September 30, 2009 12:38 am

      Rebel Too,

      Your statement, “Realize that what you observe and perceive ARE what what you observe and perceive” is a brilliantly clear way of putting into words the difference between Confusion and Power. Great post!

      • Rebel Too permalink
        September 30, 2009 3:19 am

        Thank you Thoughful. Simplicity and integrity are the hallmarks of an OT. I had denied my own perceptions for long enough because the consequences of seeing truth were too dreadful to me to confront. That time is over.

  2. September 30, 2009 12:55 am

    Rebel008 well done on the Photo Find of the Year! Talk about smoking guns, I think I finally understand your true identity: Sherlock Freaking Holmes.

    Regarding your comments to OSA, well said. Nothing like this website existed when we were on staff. But can you imagine if we had been able to read posts like the one you just wrote while still on staff in DM’s little shop of horrors? We would have been gathering up evidence and turning it over to the guys on the outside. OSA really has no excuse and when your dictator is finally deposed, you’re going to be thinking up new words for “stupid,” “shame” and “failure” to describe the chance you had… and wasted utterly.

    The difference between you and us is we’re still carrying out the purpose of the Sea Org: to get in ethics. You, on the other hand, have long since sold out.

    • September 30, 2009 3:02 am

      Thoughtful this is why I think wistfully of the GO sometimes. True the old GO created problems internally and externally but they would have never put up with someone like Miscavige for any length of time. They’d consider him a Flap and they’d probably would have forced HCO to put the guy on the Golden Rod special to oblivion, then they would have gotten back to what they thought was their job i.e. infiltrating Government Agencies and framing critics and other recreational activities.

  3. Disillusioned permalink
    September 30, 2009 1:05 am

    If you are still in the “church,” a simple way to send a message to Miscavige is to stop going to his propaganda events and get others to do the same. Just stop listening to this man and get others to stop too. If the event attendance of the upcoming IAS event in UK was cut in half, DM would seriously start to panic as he went on stage to see a very empty-looking marquee. And if the following week the same thing happened at the org DVD showings of the event, he would really get a message — a very big message that people are no longer willing to be herded like sheep into his event halls and blatantly lied to. I’ve convinced my friends to not go. I hope others can work up the courage to do the same. The orgs have their “call-in” campaigns to bolster event attendance. How about a Counter Call-in Campaign done in the name of Truth?

  4. surprised permalink
    September 30, 2009 3:39 am

    I happen to know personally that Uwe was not abandoned by her, nor was he forced to do hard labor, he was well treated and due attention was given to his medical condition, consulting a host of specialist, complete with personal nurses and auditors and his decisions were respected. I also know personally that she cared and though they had divorced, she kept tabs on his progress and ensured nothing he needed was wanting, She was concerned for his well being and they were good friends. The illness took a terrible toll in his body and this can not be blamed on the Church or Lou. I’m all for exposing the truth, but when inferences, suppositions and things like this enter here, you kill the message. Let’s stick to specifics, verifiable ones and not engage in the same practice of false accusations. I want the truth and search for it. I listen as do many, but let’s not get into falsehoods or conjectures here See Concerned Citizen post I listen as do many, but let’s not get into falsehoods or conjectures here if we do, no as-isness will occur, we’ll only have the age old GPM.

    • rebel008 permalink*
      September 30, 2009 5:48 am

      Thanks for the additional information. You should let Uwe’s brother know any information you have regarding Uwe’s last days. I still maintain that it is wrong to have an MS victim on the RPF, regardless of how “well treated” he is. I have seen how the RPF live in Los Angeles, and that is not the life for someone with a terminal illness. And it is wrong to order married couples to divorce.

      • surprised permalink
        September 30, 2009 8:29 am

        I don’t know Uwe’s brother, I did not know he had one. What I wrote is all I know.

    • Jim Logan permalink
      October 1, 2009 2:02 am

      Thank you very much for another viewpoint on Uwe’s cycle. He was a friend of mine at Int and he and I had quite some adventures. He being the one over ethics in Gold and me being the one…well let’s just say we had long talks 🙂

      I’ve also had Laurisse in the cramming chair. I’m glad to hear she cared for her relationship as you’ve described.

      I heartily agree that in the handling of the outpoints here, that we don’t just become what we oppose. Too many generalities and rumors, not only defeat the purpose, but as you say, divert the light of real as-ising truth from what needs to be faced up to.

      Presently, in this new unit of time, Uwe is not the issue. He’s lived a life and has hopefully found a new healthy body to carry on his road to truth. Not being there with either one, to assume we know their feelings or thoughts is presumptuous in the least. Let that be.

      Also, in this new unit of time there is a real ethics situation on the go as pointed up in this article. That’s the current departure from the ethical standards of the Sea Org in the 2D scandal that David Miscavige is involved in with Laurisse Henley-Smith, at the expense of parishioner’s trust and in fact, donations.

      This latest revelation shows this little man to be nothing more than a cynical opportunist, stealing not only the lives and happiness of numerous marital partners, but the money of dedicated well-intentioned Scientologists, staff and public, to carry on a life style of the ‘rich and famous’, like some sort of international playboy rather than an executive in an Scientology church.

      That’s the issue before us.

      As a note, I’m sure it would comfort his brother Markus to hear your side of this story. Finding his contact info and giving him that would be the decency and succor that is the real spirit of Scientology. You sound like you are a fine representative of that too.

      • Markus permalink
        April 25, 2010 12:51 am

        Hello Jim Logan,
        I just wanted to let you know that what I have to say is not based on rumors at all.
        I have many first hand witnesses wonderful free and honest people which I met personally. And I compared many different statements in order to get as near as possible to the truth.
        “He’s lived a life and has hopefully found a new healthy body to carry on his road to truth. Not being there with either one, to assume we know their feelings or thoughts is presumptuous in the least.”
        This statement of yours is just outrageous and a humilation for his non Scientologist family in Germany. And furthermore it contains the body of thought of “Übermensch” of Nazi Germany. His road to truth? What a complete nonsense. He was never able to get free information outside of this crazy Scientology world.
        Uwe was a very honest person. And I have to tell you that he wanted to leave, he wanted to visit us many times I know this because he told me this on phone he even told me that he was not allowed to leave because the Sea Org fears he could blow. He was telling me this on phone while having somebody in the background who was listening to every word he told his family well knowing the konsequences -but he was not alowed to leave – never ever again. His last visit here in Germany was in 1987. And in fact he managed to blow at least once in 1998. So please stop telling me about free will in this brainwashing organization.
        ” Not being there with either one, to assume we know their feelings or thoughts is presumptuous in the least. Let that be.” Right – you were not here in Germany to see how Uwes mother was hurt when he promised to come to her 50th and later her 60th birthday and he was not allowed to come. You were not seeing her grief when they were so gratefull to tell her that Uwe had MS 14 years to late. You didn’t see her despair when she was not allowed to help him with proper medication. He wanted to visit his three nieces but he was hindered. What do you know? You were a friend of Uwe? Oh my God wake up!
        So how do you dare to tell anybody anything about Uwes life.
        Best wishes

    • Markus permalink
      April 25, 2010 12:22 am

      Hello “Surprised” I happen to know personally that your post contains some serious untruths. Yes Laurisse was forced to leave Uwe but she never met him again and they were no good friends. A good friend would have had the guts to visit him personally instead asking others for information how he is doing. Well but maybe there are no real friends in this big money making mashine called “Organized Scientology” – not even your own wife stand by your side when you need her most.
      “she kept tabs on his progress and ensured nothing he needed was wanting” What “progress”?!
      He was getting worse and worse. By the way did you know that in a free world Uwe would have been able to fight against his illness since 1988? This was the time when it started. So think about the statements you are making here in order to defend people who are responsible for such a tragedy. You want the truth? So why have you never tried to contact me? And you didn’t know that Uwe had a brother and a sister here in Germany – so what do you know at all? You are not allowed to speak freely in this insane system and that is the reason why something like this could happen and it cam happen again and agian and again.
      Please think about it.

  5. Koos permalink
    September 30, 2009 6:13 am

    Yes, please do let Uwe’s brother Markus know this. He has been in turmoil over this. You can find him at ESMB

  6. surprised permalink
    September 30, 2009 10:34 am

    To be truthful, I’m still on the fence regarding the RPF. To be fair, I never did visit their quarters, so I don’t quite know how they lived, but any RPF people I ever ran into, in LA, and elsewhere, were always very carefree, I saw them smiling, they looked healthy and not stressed at all, and often sang, or told jokes or stories when working. They really seemed to be having fun. I also heard someone talk about their wins, and they seemed really honest about these. I did not hear the whole conversation, but I remember I felt very happy for the girl. So I’m not sure I agree with your take on it. But I guess we will have to hear from someone who has actually been to the RPF wont we?

    • Fishdaddy permalink*
      September 30, 2009 5:54 pm

      I worked closely with RPFers and saw their living quarters. They are jammed into squalid dormitories, 30 or 40 to a room in stacked bunk beds. In the room I visited, there was only one small bathroom, with a sink and a toilet, for 40 men. To take a shower they had to go all the way to the Main Building (from Lebanon Hall), and they could only do this at certain times. They have to run everywhere. They cannot talk to anyone outside the RPF and if someone addresses them, they have to call them “Sir.” They are pale and unhealthy looking. They wear gray and black uniforms. Honestly, I don’t know where you would have ever “run into” these happy, carefree, singing, joking “RPFers” you claim to have seen. They are kept away from any public lines and are not allowed to leave the building.

      • surprised permalink
        September 30, 2009 7:42 pm

        Well, they were often working outside ASHO in the garden, and on the roses on Catalina Street. Does anyone know why the roses are gone? I saw them in plenty of public areas. LA’s RPF are not the only one’s I saw. I saw other RPFs too. Are you implying I lie? I’ve admitted what I don’t know, but what I saw, I really did see and I say so.

    • October 1, 2009 10:52 am

      Surprised, was on the RPF program for 11 months in 1990, was in the Sea Org a full 20 years, most of it at the Int Base, and believe I have some insight I can shed to help you understand both what is right and what is wrong with the RPF program as it stands.

      My response is somewhat lengthy therefore I’ve posted it as an article with a little introduction in which I mention your request to hear from someone who knows. Hope this helps, my friend.

      Fishdaddy is not implying you lied. You saw what you saw. But there is much more to the story, and much injustice.

      • surprised permalink
        October 4, 2009 8:19 pm

        Thank you thoughtful. I agree there is much to learn about the facts. I read your article and it is a good article. Now I can reconcile what I saw with what is being claimed. Often times people have different perceptions about they experience. For some a rollercoaster ride is joy for others it is torture. I think this has a susceptibility to that too. I think the most important fact in that article is the point that the program as run now, is a departure from the original intention by LRH. I hope the wins I heard the girl talk about were real. Many times people apply real scientology in spite the pressure not to, and so people who have wins have them even in the midst of this madness. It is this observation that corroborates for me the greatness of the tech. It does not mean that someone having wins justifies the suppression and human rights violations, it does mean there is hope and there are good people there who we need to look out for. I apologize if I seemed to detract from the overall message of this article.

  7. Shawn permalink
    September 30, 2009 6:36 pm


    You may want to read The RPF insider’s news letters.


    David Mayo’s affidavit has quite a bit of information about life in the RPF:

  8. ExVet permalink
    September 30, 2009 11:51 pm

    I was on the RPF in PAC. I am NOT on the fence about the most de-humanizing experience I’ve been through in my life. If RPFers were joking and looking happy then they were either putting on an act for public consumption or they were temporarily not being supervised by their heavy-handed minders.

  9. Soderqvist1 permalink
    October 1, 2009 2:01 pm

    Thoughtful: Just ponder that a moment. Someone volunteers to set aside all their personal goals and ambitions, travelling, vacations, cars, money, friendships, dating, movies, raising a family… they put all that aside and still it takes FIVE YEARS of hard labour to “bring them into line with Command Intention” because they were “CI”? (“CI” stands for “counter intention” and also means someone who harbours a counter intention to another person’s success).

    Soderqvist1: These people seem to be lacking in self-esteem, and is ripe to be taken advantage of! Compare that with my essay or reply about what Scientology fundamentals recommend!

  10. Outraged permalink
    October 2, 2009 7:56 pm

    The first photo of DM at the beginning of the article is quite revealing. His smug expression makes him look more like Tony Soprano than a religious leader.

  11. October 2, 2009 8:21 pm

    Marty and I think of him as Tony Montana, of Scarface.

  12. Cherry permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:29 am

    Dave Letterman admitted he slept with members of his staff. How about this Dave? Nobody there to put his Ethics in?

  13. November 4, 2009 4:06 pm

    This is sick beyond words. Yes, people divorce, cheat, etc., it’s all part of being human.

    But here, David Miscavige is using his position of absolute, self-granted authority as “religious leader,” controlling and destroying people’s lives for his own purely selfish fancies as if people were mere pawns on his favorite game board.

    I yearn the day where he will have to look into the cold stare of justice, suddenly being publicly held accountable for all the people he wronged, destroyed, having to answer to his despicable acts using his own voice. And whoever stuck by him while lazily dismissing those who have spoken up for decades now will deserve all the shame of having supported him until the end.

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