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About Those Scientology Billion-Year Membership Contracts

The Scientology Building near Sunset/Vermont, nicknamed "Big Blue" | Photo by stephenfalk via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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Last month, six disgruntled former Scientology employees spoke out on the one-year anniversary of the Anonymous movement. At a panel inside the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, the members described "workplace abuse, forced detention, isolation from outside family and friends and coerced abortion," reported the Los Feliz Ledger on Wednesday.

The employees were within the church's Sea Organization and reported to Golden Era Productions, an audio-visual production facility in Hemet. One employee said he worked 100 hour weeks for $50 and was billed for over $100,000 after he left. They are also asked to sign billion-year contracts.

“You need to measure these six people against the 20,000 Scientology staffers around the world,” said Linda Simmons, a Sea Organization official, to the paper. “These are disgruntled ex-members.”

Simmons disputed many of the claims but did admit there is a billion-year contract, referring to it metaphorically as an "eternal commitment." As for billing someone after leaving, Simmons said that "when people get a lot of services and don’t produce much in exchange and then leave, that’s where the tradition of the bills came from."