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Margery Wakefield Defies Gag Order from Lawsuit Against Scientology Church

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In defiance of a gag order imposed by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, Margery Wakefield goes public with the allegations she made in her lawsuit, Margery Wakefield vs. the Church of Scientology.

This lawsuit was settled in 1986 but with the condition that Wakefield not tell anyone about the allegations or how much she received.

According to Wakefield, Scientologists held her captive, committed fraud, broke promises about curing her mental illness, and practiced medicine without a license. In order to make the lawsuit go away, though, they agreed to pay her $200,000 in 1986.

Church spokesman Bill Daugherty says:

"This one gal. She's not really any concern. She's an unstable person — she's been in and out of mental hospitals. I don't know what her deal is."

Despite not being of any concern, Paul B. Johnson, a Tampa lawyer for Scientology, has asked the courts to find Wakefield in contempt and impose fines on her. Wakefield herself says:

"I'm prepared to go to jail. In fact, it may not be the worst thing. It would be an act that would get a lot of attention, and my purpose is to raise the awareness of people in this area about this church. ...

My biggest hope is that something can be done about Scientology so that other people don't have to go through what I've gone through. It's been a horrible experience."

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