The father of Scientology leader David Miscavige has sensationally revealed his terrifying escape from the church’s famous Californian compound during an astonishing interview on ABC’s ’20/20′ on Apr. 29. Click to read how he got away.
Ron Miscavige, 80, better known as Scientology leader David Miscavige‘s dad, has revealed the incredible lengths he went through to escape from the church’s Californian HQ, which is run by his son, known as the ‘Gold Base’ in an interview with ABC News 20/20 on Apr. 29.
Ron revealed that he and his wife Becky had planned their getaway months in advance from the compound, which is 2 hours outside of LA, explaining that he conditioned guards into letting them make regular weekend trips to a music studio across the street.
Talking about the moment he drove his vehicle up to the compound security gate, Ron revealed: “I drove out slowly so it wouldn’t arouse suspicion. When I turned left, I put my foot right to the floorboard… I knew we were free. I knew they couldn’t catch us. “It was an escape. You can’t leave. You think you can just walk out? No. You will be stopped. I escaped.”
So paranoid they’d be followed, Ron said he and Becky drove 3 days to Wisconsin where her mother lives. Eventually, having run out of cash, Ron contacted David asking him for money by sending him a letter.
“In that letter, I said, ‘Hey, listen, I spent a lot of years in the Sea Org, I couldn’t live under those conditions, and I have very little money paid into social security. If you can give me some financial help, I would appreciate it,’ Ron admitted.
David did give his father $100,000 to buy a house, with the money reportedly coming from an inheritance from his mother. Ron said, “Maybe he read it and he’s thinking, you know, ‘he is my old man and he’s old, maybe I’ll help him out. And then on the other hand… I think, ‘well, maybe he did it just so it would be insurance that I wouldn’t do anything.’ And I wasn’t going to do anything.”
The Church of Scientology has released the following statement regarding David’s father: “Ronald Miscavige is seeking to make money on the name of his famous son,” the statement read. “David Miscavige has taken care of his father throughout his life, both financially and by helping him in even the most dire circumstances.
Ronald Miscavige was nowhere around when David Miscavige ascended to the leadership of the Church of Scientology, mentored by and working directly with the religion’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, and entrusted by him with the future of the Church.
Any father exploiting his son in this manner is a sad exercise in betrayal.
Mr. David Miscavige’s far-reaching vision and unrelenting dedication has brought the Church of Scientology to where it is today, guaranteeing its future for generations to come. Scientologists worldwide love and respect Mr. David Miscavige for his tireless work on behalf of their religion.”
Ron’s memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, comes out on May, 3 and is expected to lift the lid on everything Scientology. It’s going to be a hell of a read, and we can’t wait to get out hands on a copy of the book!
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