Paulette Cooper

Paulette Cooper is a journalist who suffered extraordinary harassment after writing an article and a book about Scientology. FBI raids of Scientology offices turned up evidence of conspiracies against Cooper, including Scientology's attempt to frame her for sending bomb threats - threats which Scientology operatives sent themselves in order to get Cooper jailed.

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Scientology's Fair Game Attack on Paulette Cooper

Scientology waged a lengthy campaign of harassment against journalist Paulette Cooper in accordance with its Fair Game policy.

Paulette Cooper in the News

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May 11, 1982 16 witnesses unlock sect's closed society "Of the 16 who testified, Flynn said he represents Lavenda Van Schaick and Paulette Cooper directly in separate lawsuits against the Church of Scientology. He said he is involved also indirectly in lawsuits filed by Ernest and Adelle Hartwell and Janie Peterson." lawsuits, Paulette Cooper
May 7, 1982 Writer says sect harasses her "It has been 11 years since freelance writer Paulette Cooper published what she calls 'the book that launched a thousand suits.' And it has been about a week since she was served with the eighteenth lawsuit filed against her by the Church of Scientology." lawsuits, Paulette Cooper
January 25, 1980 Files show spy reported woman's intimate words (about Scientology spying on Paulette Cooper). "Another page referred to a time when, depressed about her problems, she had spoken one dark night about suicide. The secret agent told his superiors that on the outside he was sympathetic but inside he was laughing: "Wouldn't this be a great thing for Scientology?" " crimes, Paulette Cooper
January 25, 1980 The Scientology Papers: Files Show Spy Reported Woman's Intimate Words In one file was a letter dated June, 1974, from Dick Weigand to Henning Heldt, two of the leaders sentenced last month to four years in prison. Included in a review of an operative's past activities for the cult was the observation: Conspired to entrap Mrs. Lovely (code name for Miss Cooper) into being arrested for a felony which she did not commit. She was arraigned for the crime. crimes, harassment, Paulette Cooper, Press
November 24, 1979 Scientologists Plotted To Frame A Critic as a Criminal, Files Show - Scientology's fair gaming of writer Paulette Cooper and oth Boston Globe : Scientologists Plotted To Frame A Critic as a Criminal, Files Show - Scientology's fair gaming of writer Paulette Cooper and other Scientology operations. crimes, Paulette Cooper
January 22, 1979 article about Paulette Cooper Article about Paulette Cooper lawsuits appears in New York Times. lawsuits, Paulette Cooper
August 28, 1978 Scientology Critics Assail Aggressiveness of Church The fair-game policy has been a central focus of Scientology's critics - among them former Scientologists - who contend that the church pursues individuals who offend it with the same combativeness it directs toward government agencies and private groups the church counts among its enemies. Fair Game, Paulette Cooper
May 1, 1978 Author Paulette Cooper's battle with Scientology Church San Francisco Chronicle: Author Paulette Cooper's battle with Scientology Church Paulette Cooper
April 29, 1978 article says Paulette Cooper's $15.4 million lawsuit against Church still pending. Gives Cooper's attorneys as Paul D. Rheingold "investigation" of matter by FBI offices in New York City under way. lawsuits, Paulette Cooper
August 14, 1977 Paulette Cooper interview People magazine interviews Paulette Cooper in an article about the cult. Paulette Cooper

Paulette Cooper in the News

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December 16, 1986 Cos Settles Outstanding Lawsuits CoS settles outstanding lawsuits [suits involving Paulette Cooper? The page is unclear]. The settlement is reported to exceed $5 million and to involve at least 15 different lawsuits. Paulette Cooper
March 4, 1985 Paulette Cooper Signs An Affidavit Regarding Michael Flynn Paulette Cooper signs an affidavit regarding Michael Flynn. Paulette Cooper
February 28, 1985 Stipulation of Dismissal With Prejudice Filed in Cooper Suit Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice filed, Paulette Cooper vs. Church of Scientology of Boston, et al. (CV-81-681-Mc). Paulette Cooper
February 16, 1985 Paulette Cooper Suits Settled Mutual Release and Settlement Agreement signed by Church of Scientology of Boston, Inc., Church of Scientology of California, and Church of Scientology of New York, Inc., and Paulette Cooper. Michael Flynn signs agreement as Paulette Cooper's legal counsel. Paulette Cooper
September 25, 1984 U.S. District Court Judge William Byrne Jr., multi-million, Paulette Cooper, Scientologist, Ted Patrick. Paula Dain, 1983, Coope U.S. District Court Judge William Byrne Jr. refuses to dismiss a multi-million dollar civil rights lawsuit against Paulette Cooper, accused by a Scientologist of intimidating witesses in a criminal investigation of cult deprogrammer Ted Patrick. Paula Dain filed the lawsuit in 1983, claimed that Cooper had tried to threaten a potential witnss in another case in San Diego in 1979. Don Randolph, Dain's attorney, said Cooper harassed Canadian exit counselor Nan McLain to keep her from testifying during a grand jury investigation of Patrick on kidnapping charges. Cooper allegedly told McLean her reputation within the deprogramming community would be ruined if she spoke out, saying she would be cut off from legal defense funds provided by n anti-Scientology group. The trial is scheduled to begin February 5th. Paulette Cooper
June 7, 1984 Judge William Byrne Dismisses Charges Against Nan Mclean Judge William Byrne dismisses charges against Nan McLean, Paulette Cooper and LA attorney Richard Akemon in Paula Dain's lawsuit against deprogrammer Ted Patrick, citing insufficient evidence to implicate them in a conspiracy with Patrick. Paulette Cooper
April 20, 1983 Judge McNaught Stays Proceedings in Paulette Cooper vs. Church of Scientology Boston pending resolution of Cooper's counterclaim Judge John J. McNaught issues Memorandum and Order staying proceedings in Paulette Cooper vs. Church of Scientology Boston, Inc., et al. (CV-81-681-Mc) pending resolution of Cooper's counterclaim in Church of Scientology of California vs. Cooper (CV-78-2053, U.S. District Court, Central District of California). Judge McNaught cited "the near identity of the allegations" made by Cooper in the two cases as his grounds for concluding that the stay was warranted. A decision in the California court, he said, "will narrow the issues before this court and assist in their determination." Paulette Cooper
September 24, 1982 Second Paulette Cooper, Boston Second Paulette Cooper deposition in Boston. Paulette Cooper
September 23, 1982 Second Paulette Cooper, Boston Second Paulette Cooper deposition in Boston. Paulette Cooper
July 1, 1982 Cooper's Fourth Amended Complaint Filed In Paulette Cooper Vs. Church Of Scientology Of Boston, Et Al (Cv-81-681-Mc), Is Submitt Cooper's Fourth Amended Complaint filed in Paulette Cooper vs. Church of Scientology of Boston, et al (CV-81-681-Mc), is submitted by David Banash of Hollingsworth & Pappas law firm. Paulette Cooper