David Miscavige has been Scientology’s leader for more than 30 years, but it’s his father, Ron Miscavige, who is making headlines as he’ll be releasing a tell-all book about his son on May 3. Get to know more about the Miscaviges right here!
Although Scientology leader David Miscavige, 56, and his dad, Ron Miscavige, both follow the religion closely, they don’t get along with each other very well. Ron decided to take to a new memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, to open up about his troubled relationship with his son. But before checking out Ron’s book on May 3, let HollywoodLife.com give you a little background on these two!
1. Ron is the reason David is interested in Scientology.
David struggled with severe asthma as a child which attributed to somewhat of a troubled childhood. So when Ron introduced David to Scientology with an “auditing” session (a counseling session in the Scientology world) in 1969, he happened to connect with the religion right away — and look where it ended up taking him!
2. Although David is the current Scientology leader, Ron hasn’t been part of the religion since 2012.
It’s unclear exactly why Ron left the religion he once introduced his son to, but he has not been part of the religion for four years now. Hmm…perhaps he was working on this memoir?
3. David has threatened to sue his dad because of the book.
Not surprisingly, David wasn’t so thrilled to have his father publish a book about their strained relationship. But after hearing that his dad calls him out for his “brutal approach to running the organization” of Scientology, David might even take legal action over some of Ron’s exposés!
4. Ron isn’t afraid to admit that he didn’t do the best job raising his son.
Along with revealing some not-so-nice things about David, Ron also admits to his readers that David grew up in a rather dysfunctional household. This included domestic abuse by Ron himself, which is likely a big reason for their estranged status today.
5. David hasn’t directly responded to Ron’s book yet, but sources are betting he feels betrayed by his father.
An attorney named Monique Yingling, who represents the church, spoke to 20/20 about Ron’s memoir, suggesting that David is likely very upset over it. “There seems to be no explanation except that his father is trying to make a buck off his name,” she said on the show. “So I think there’s that level of sadness and I’m sure a sense of betrayal.”
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