Gerry Armstrong was a devoted Scientologist who rose through the ranks to become L. Ron Hubbard’s official archivist. In his official capacity, Gerry was assigned to work with author Omar Garrison who had been commissioned by Scientology to write a biography of Hubbard.
When Gerry uncovered a treasure trove of material from Hubbard’s past, his initial delight turned to dismay as he discovered documented evidence that Hubbard and Scientology were lying about L. Ron Hubbard’s true past.
Gerry urged them to correct the mistakes and tell Hubbard’s true story, explaining that if the public found out that Hubbard’s history was a pack of lies, they would be less prone to believe in his Scientology teachings.
For his efforts in trying to salvage Scientology’s reputation, Gerry found himself declared a Suppressive Person and expelled from the group. He was considered Fair Game and attacked ruthlessly by Scientology.
The documents Gerry delivered to Omar Garrison became a prime concern to Scientology and they sued Gerry for making them public. Judge Paul G. Breckenridge ruled in Gerry favor and the Breckenridge decision remains one of the most scathing indictments of Scientology.
Gerry reached a settlement with Scientology and agreed to no longer speak out about their abuses. However, Gerry didn’t realize when he signed the settlement that Scientology would continue to defame his name and attack him.
This reached its peak in 1984 when he was approached by two men, David Kluge and Mike Rinder, who were asking help in reforming Scientology from within. Gerry met with them, not knowing that they were operatives from Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs who were wired for sound. Scientology’s Private Investigator, Eugene Ingram, videotaped their meetings in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park:
Scientology used those secretly recorded tapes to try to ruin Gerry Armstrong’s reputation. Gerry started to speak out again to set the record straight but by doing so was found guilty of breaking his settlement agreement. Scientology succeeded in convincing a California court to issue a permanent injunction against Gerry.
Order of Permanent Injunction – October 17, 1995 (PDF 980k)
Gerry recently spoke to me for my upcoming documentary on Scientology.
Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los
Angeles, Church of Scientology of California,
Plaintiff, Mary Sue Hubbard Intervenor, vs. Gerald Armstrong, Defendant,
Case No. C420153
MEMORANDUM OF INTENDED DECISION
In this matter heretofore taken under submission, the Court announces its intended decision as follows:
As to the tort causes of action, plaintiff, and plaintiff in intervention are to take nothing, and the defendant is entitled to Judgment and costs.
As to the equitable actions, the court finds that neither plaintiff has clean hands, and that at least as of this time, are not entitled to the immediate return of any document or objects previously retained by the court clerk. Read more