Is Scientology breaking the law?

Allegations of assault by Scientology

Excerpted from . Please see that page for the full text.

Emphasis added in red . Editorial comments, when added, are in purple .

Martin Ottman describes several physical assaults he knew of during his time in Scientology

I, Martin Ottmann, am a witness in the case before the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County Los Angeles, known as "Uwe Geertz and Steven Fishman vs. Church of Scientology International et. al.", Case No. BC 122 467.

Physical Attacks On Persons

1.) In 1990 I was in the HCO of the FSO at Coachman Building in the second floor. I saw Adam Dunn, MAA, pushing Bernardo Atriano, HCO Receptionist, in a very aggressive way against a wall. Bernardo wasn’t following Adam’s orders.

2.) Tristan Buchanan , "Supercargo FSO", told the Captain’s MAA in 1991, that he had had a physical fight with Victor D’Andrea , staff of the department 4 a.

3.) In 1991 in a dispute Libero Pietracupa and Lorenzo Delzanno , both staff of department 5, screamed at each other and finally clashed, before they could be separated by other staff of the department.

4.) In late 1990 as a "Director of Department 5" I physically attacked Flor Hellberg and one week later Lorenzo Delzanno. They were "backflashing" and weren’t following my orders, so I tried to discipline them by physical means.

5.) The "Director of Publications FSO" told me several times in 1991 and 1992 that he had physical fights with Harvey Jacques, the "Planetary Dissemination I/C". His senior, the Dissem. Sec. Matt Pesch agreed to use physical force in the attempt to break Harvey’s will. Harvey was seen by the seniors as eccentric and hard to supervise.

6.) When Brian McCarthy was on his mission in department 5 he had difficulties with the "Director of Procurement", Flor Hellberg. Mainly she didn’t comply with his orders, he wanted her to follow. One day I saw her sitting at her desk and Brian standing directly in front of her. He was screaming at the top of his lungs directly in her face. I had never heard anyone scream like that. It sounded as if he wanted to blast her against the wall behind her. Flor got later removed from Brian and I became her successor.

7.) Paul Miller, a registrar from department 6, had a sleep problem. He often fell asleep during "reg-cycles" and created by doing that "a flap on public lines". Although the "Dir. of Registration" Paul Hickock was often sympathetic with Paul, he beat him from time to time to punish him for such mistakes.

8.) In a "Board of Investigation" (B of I), which I had to do for WDC FSO together with Paul Ferguson, the Shipping Officer FSO, and another staff from the FSO in 1991, we had to investigate the recruitment of two FSO-staff members, who "joined" the FSO in Australia. It came out that these staff, who were earlier Scientology-staff in Sydney, had been physically attacked and dragged out of their offices, after they had refused to join the FSO.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the aforementioned facts set forth are true and correct.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dated: April 19, 1996


Martin Ottmann

This page was last updated on May 8, 1999.