As audiences take in Cruise’s latest hit, “Top Gun: Maverick,” top Scientology reporter Tony Ortega looks back on how the star became the Church of Scientology’s Maverick.
Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He has written about Scientology since 1995, and his book about Scientology’s most infamous campaign of terror—to destroy author Paulette Cooper—came out in May 2015. He continues to monitor breaking developments around the world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. You can find his work at The Underground Bunker.
The tale of a widow—and mother of two—from Texas who was convinced to send over $800,000 to people claiming to be “Leonardo DiCaprio” enslaved by the Church of Scientology.
His name was Kuba Ka, and he called himself the “God of Pop”—having allegedly been handpicked by Michael Jackson’s manager as his successor. Then his face began falling off.
The Church of Scientology’s New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, led by Tom Cruise and supported by Trump, treated 9/11 first responders with its “Purification Rundown.”
Text messages between private investigators show how ex-cops were trailing the ‘Second Act’ stars around New York City on behalf, they say, of Scientology.
The two cultists’ ties ran deep, including collaborating on a screenplay together—one that hasn’t seen the light of day... until now.
What began as a quest to climb the tallest mountain in Rockland County, NY, soon morphed into a strange tale involving suicide, movie stars, and the shadowy origins of place names.
Tony Ortega, the journalist who broke the Masterson story, recounts the four days that determined that the ‘That ’70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson will stand trial for serial rape.
Former friends and handlers in the Church of Scientology remember the late actress, who tragically passed away at 57 from breast cancer.