Letter to German TV



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Garry Scarff
P.O. Box 2391
Winter Park, FL 32790

July 5, 1997

Egmont R. Koch
Producer
WDR
Schevemdorer Landstr. 15
28325 Bremen, Germany

Dear Sir:

I was a featured subject in your program “Looking for … The Dark Side of Scientology,” which aired on station ARD/WDR. I have been told by Ms. Botros that it is going to be aired again. Having seen the show and the falsehoods contained in it, I insist you not air the show again.

1. I lied numerous times and both Mona Botros and you knew I was lying, not credible and not worthy of being relied on. The show creates a completely false impression and I can imagine that Scientologists in fact find it libelous.

To make the record clear — I was never a Scientologist or a Scientology agent. I have no knowledge of prison camps or “myserious deaths” or planned assasinations of anyone from 1991 or at any other time. I was never staff of the Office of Special Affairs, nor did I carry out any activities on behalf of that Office. In fact, I was never on staff for any Scientology Church.

I never saw any prisoners at any Church facilities.

I was never threatened by anyone from Scientology even though I falsely accused Scientology attorneys of planning to kill persons critical of the church.

2. Mona Botros and you knew that I had lied to you when you were filming this piece. You also knew my history of lying, yet you chose to ignore it. Your anticipated sources for the story refused to co-operate, so you were stuck with me. Even though you caught me lying to you and said you didn’t trust me, you still used me as your “source.”

3. The dramatic opening of the program showing me having a nervous breakdown, crying and physically ill at the Farmers Market was not caused by pressure or fears of Scientologists, but rahter your anger with my for lying to you and co-operating with Scientologists; your holding back the money you had promised to pay me and refusing to give me an airline ticket so I could go home, my not having my medication to for treating me for being H.I.V. positive (which I complained to you about) and your refusual to allow me to return home Sunday as promised.

I demand that you not re-air this previously aired pack of lies. I feel guilty that I allowed Ms. Botros and you to buy me off with your feigned friendship and money. Your lack of objectivity and journalistic ethics, together with your willingness to subvert the truth has led to a program that gives a totally incorrect, even fraudulent, picture of the Church of Scientology.

If you chose to air this program again, I will pursue every legal claim available to me under the laws of every country exposed to this trash.

Do not attempt telephonic communication with me. If you call my home to harass me I will immediately inform law enforcement authorities.

Sincerely,

Garry Scarff

cc: Elliot J. Abelson Esq.
Station Manager, WDR

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