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Village Voice Exposes Church of Scientology Lie

In 2008, Tommy Davis (pictured), the son of actress Anne Archer and a prominent member of LA’s Church of Scientology, told CNN’s John Roberts that the organization did not engage in the practice of “disconnection,” whereby a former member of the religion is labeled a “suppressive person” and disowned by other  family Church adherents for some sort of perceived transgression.

Today, Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega documents a conversation between Davis and such an “SP”  target, Shane Clark, that was secretly recorded by Clark in December 2009. The newspaper has authenticated the recording and created a series of short movies to underscore the explosive words:

In the recording, Davis makes it plain that unless Clark quits his job and disassociates himself from [former Church member Marc] Headley, he will be declared a suppressive person, or “SP”… To indicate the seriousness of the situation, at the beginning of the meeting, Davis announces that he is going to tape it. “I was going to record this, our conversation. I didn’t know if you were aware of it. For both of our benefit,” Davis can be heard to say.

What Davis was not aware of, however, was that Clark was also taping the meeting.

Davis, who recently corresponded with Hollywood Reporter writer Daniel Miller for an article about the Church’s LA historical property holdings, did not return any of the Voice‘s calls and emails last week. Oretga writes that the tape recording of the 2009 conversation was provided to the outlet some time ago by Headley.

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