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Subject: UK Observer Article
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"The Observer" 16th July 1995 page 26
Headline: Vandals target Scientology TV film team
Staff at a television company embroiled in a legal battle
with the Church of Scientology have had cars vandalised and
a mobile phone 'cloned' and used to run up a huge bill.
Staff at Twenty Twenty, an independent production company,
believe they are being harassed by Scientologists over their
investigation into the church's activities, broadcast on
Carlton TV's The Big Story last Thursday.
Unknown attackers smashed windscreens and lights of three
cars belonging to Twenty Twenty employees shortly before the
programme was broadcast. A fourth car, which did not belong
to a Twenty Twenty employee, was also vandalised.
The vehicles were parked near the company's offices in
Camden, north London. 'It looked like a baseball bat job'
said Claudia Milne, the programme's executive producer.
The 'cloned' mobile phone belonged to Alison Braund, the
reporter in the programme, who attended a course at the
church's headquarters at East Grinstead, West Sussex, last
Police are investigating and have not ruled out a connection
with the Church of Scientology.
The church has issued writs against Twenty Twenty, Carlton,
producer Simon Berthon, Ms Milne and Ms Braund.
It alleges they tried to obtain services by deception, an
offence under the Theft Act. Lawyers for Carlton are
attempting to have the summonses, due to be heard on 28
The church said Ms Braund attended the East Grinstead course
under false pretences, claiming she was there solely for
religious and spiritual purposes. Twenty Twenty says Ms
Braund - who had a camera concealed in her glasses - did not
breach Independent Televison Commission guidelines.
These state that undercover work is acceptable if the story
is in the public interest, if information cannot be obtained
in any other way, and if the evidence gathered is essential
to the story's credibility.
During the course Ms Braund was asked to list all her
previous sexual partners and describe her sexual activities.
When her large glasses and pouch-bag aroused the
Scientologists' suspicions, she was interviewed and filmed
The church alleges she was caught on film taking documents
from the interviewer's desk after he left the room. Police
were called and Ms Braund was arrested, but released without
charge. The church may prosecute privately.
Margaret Reese, the church's director of public affairs,
said suggestions that scientologists were behind the car
attacks and the phone cloning were ridiculous.
She said the Twenty Twenty film was disgusting. 'It was not
a fair, unbiased programme. They took everything out of
The reporter could have filmed openly, Ms Reese said. 'We
would have allowed her everywhere. We have nothing to hide.'
She said questions about sexual history were given to those
who expressed an interest in joining the church's staff. 'We
don't want any perverts. We are very ethical.'
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