A spate of lawsuits against the Church of Scientology has piled up in recent months, each accusing the mysterious organization of a dizzying array of abuses, including human trafficking, forced labor, and child sexual assault and exploitation.
On Thursday, another shoe dropped when a 25-year-old woman identified only as Jane Doe filed the third lawsuit against the church since June.
The lawsuits follow several years of renewed public scrutiny over the secretive church and its inner workings, which largely remain an enigma to outsiders. Part of the attention came in 2016, when the actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini developed an Emmy-winning documentary series detailing the experiences of the church’s former members.
The church, which science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard founded in the 1950s, has never faced criminal charges. Instead, its alleged victims appear to be seeking justice through civil lawsuits filed in localities across the country.
The church has steadfastly denied all allegations against it and has called its accusers liars and attention-seekers.
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