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« on: February 17, 2009, 03:49:15 PM »

One more law suit.  I see this as the "year of law suits".

There aren't many pages and well worth a read.

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009, 04:14:43 PM »

Anybody who feels they have a legitimate case
against Scientology would be well advised to get
going now, before the queue gets too long.

Scientology already has made provisions for
legal damage settlements.  The assets of the organization
named in the suit are moved to another branch in the tree.

Naturally if many different branches are being sawed off at
the same time, the assets can be left out on a limb.
Then bankruptcy becomes the only option.

File your lawsuit now, while Miscavige still has his bullet proof van.


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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 09:22:26 PM »

Mother Sues Scientologists Over Son's 2007 Death


Published: February 17, 2009

    * Wrongful Death Suit Filed

TAMPA - A mother is blaming Scientologists for her disabled son's death, which police ruled a suicide.

Victoria L. Britton has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Scientologists, including her son's father, of taking his antidepressant prescription from him and giving him access to a loaded gun.

A police investigation, however, concluded that Kyle Brennan, exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia, willingly stopped taking medication before he visited his father and that there was "no evidence they were purposely kept from" him.

Brennan, 20, was not a member of the Clearwater church, but his father, Thomas, was, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Britton, who lives in Virginia.

The lawsuit names the church, Thomas Brennan and Scientologists Gerard Gentile and his wife, Denise Miscavige Gentile, whose brother, David Miscavige, is the church's ecclesiastic leader.

Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis said, "There is no validity to the complaint regarding the Church of Scientology."

The Gentiles could not be reached for comment.

Kyle Brennan visited his father in Clearwater in February 2007 after driving around the country for more than two months, according to the state attorney's investigation report. Along the way, he stopped at an FBI office in Iowa where he told an agent people were following him and that he had large sums of money.

When he arrived in Clearwater, he stayed in his father's apartment complex, which was occupied by other Scientologists, according to the lawsuit.

Davis said the apartment complex is not owned by the church.

According to the lawsuit, Kyle Brennan had Lexapro, a drug prescribed to treat depression and social anxiety. The Gentiles told Thomas Brennan to take the Lexapro away from his son, and Thomas Brennan locked the drug in his truck.

The Gentiles and Thomas Brennan tried to talk Britton into putting her son into a Scientology Narconon treatment facility so that he wouldn't need Lexapro, the lawsuit states. Britton and her son, who were not Scientologists, refused the treatment, and Britton told the callers to make sure her son took his medication.

Thomas Brennan said he and his son mutually agreed that Kyle would stop taking Lexapro and start using better nutrition habits and vitamins, according to a Clearwater police investigation summary.

Davis said Narconon, which follows the principles of church founder L. Ron Hubbard, is not officially part of the church, although it is supported and endorsed by Scientologists.

The lawsuit states that "one or more of the defendants" put Thomas Brennan's loaded .357 Magnum pistol next to his son's bed.

Then, "in a mentally deteriorated state caused by the abrupt denial of his prescription to Lexapro, and with ready access to the loaded .357 Magnum, Kyle Brennan was found dead from a gunshot to his head from the .357 Magnum pistol with neither the pistol nor the bullets having any identifiable fingerprints," the lawsuit states.

Thomas Brennan found his son dead Feb. 16, 2007, reports state.

The investigation report said Thomas Brennan had an unsecured handgun and ammunition in his apartment, but that the law doesn't require firearms to be secured unless there is someone younger than 16 living there.

Britton is represented by Ken Dandar, who also represented the relatives of Scientologist Lisa McPherson in their wrongful death lawsuit against the church.

McPherson died in 1995 after 17 days of care by Scientology staffers in Clearwater.

The lawsuit was settled in 2004.

Reporter Stephen Thompson contributed to this report. Elaine Silvestrini can be reached at (813) 259-7837 or
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2009, 09:53:54 PM »

Police report found no Scientology role in suicide

By Jonathan Abel, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 CLEARWATER ? Police investigated the role Scientology played in the suicide of a troubled young man two years ago, but did not conclude church members forced him off his antidepressant medication or contributed to his death.

Last week, the mother of Kyle Brennan filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Scientology's Clearwater-based Flag Service Organization and three Scientologists, claiming they took away Brennan's medication. The suit names the boy's father, Thomas Brennan, as a defendant; along with Denise Gentile, who is the twin sister of the church's worldwide leader, David Miscavige; and her husband, Gerald.

Clearwater police on Tuesday released more than 200 pages of documents from the investigation of Brennan's death. The reports don't provide evidence of a key claim in the lawsuit: that Brennan was denied access to the antidepressant Lexapro.

Police instead learned that Brennan wasn't taking the medication regularly. The only Lexapro pills police found were in a 30-pill bottle issued to him almost three months earlier. Sixteen pills remained.

The mother's attorney, Ken Dandar, said Kyle was taking the medication as needed.

The young man's own psychiatrist told police the prescription would have to be carried out on a regular basis. He was not aware of any "major side effects" from suddenly withdrawing from the medication. The drug's Web site states that quickly coming off the drug can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts.

Scientologists do not approve of psychiatric medication because they believe it to be mind-altering.

The lawsuit claims that Thomas Brennan took away the medication from his son at the behest of Denise Gentile. It also alleges that one or more of the defendants provided Kyle access to a loaded .357 Magnum.

Thomas Brennan told police he didn't approve of psychiatric medication because it clashed with his religious beliefs. But he said Kyle agreed to go off the medication because he didn't like taking it either ? a claim that Kyle's mother and her attorney reject.

Brennan said the handgun was kept in a bag in the bedroom night table. He said he never told his son about the weapon.

Kyle Brennan used the gun to shoot himself on Feb. 16, 2007. He left two suicide notes that claimed people had failed him.

Prior to his death, Kyle Brennan, who had depression, anxiety and early signs of schizophrenia, lived in Virginia with his mother. In late 2006, he took $8,000 from his bank account and left on a cross-country trip.

On Jan. 7, 2007, his mother received a call from an FBI agent in Des Moines, Iowa, who said Kyle Brennan had stopped by and claimed he was being followed and "they were after him," the agent said. He wasn't eating and appeared emaciated.

Kyle turned up in San Diego at his aunt's home, according to the report. He told her that "they were hunting him down." The aunt tried to get him to seek mental help, but he left. Kyle contacted his father, who agreed to bring him to Clearwater.

Thomas Brennan lived in an apartment at 423 Cleveland St. that a Scientology spokesman said is not owned by the church. But the building is in the midst of the church's campus of buildings in downtown Clearwater. It's a block from the church headquarters at the Fort Harrison Hotel and a half-block from other Scientology facilities such as the Coachman and Clearwater Bank buildings, which are used for religious training, church offices and a staff cafeteria.

Thomas Brennan worked as a handyman on Denise and Gerald Gentile's properties in the area and became a friend of Denise's. In 2005 and 2006, he also worked as a staff member for the Church of Scientology in Tampa, according to church spokesman Tommy Davis.

On Monday, Davis had said that none of the three defendants was employed by the church.

The lawsuit claims that Denise Gentile was acting in her function as a "chaplain" when she interfered with Kyle Brennan's prescriptions.

But Davis denies that Denise Gentile is a church employee.

Denise Gentile admitted to police that she spoke very briefly with Kyle's mother about getting the young man drug treatment, but she said that was in her capacity as a friend ? not as a representative of the church.

Staff writer Mike Brassfield contributed to this report. Jonathan Abel can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.
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