A perfect example of how blame works in Scientology.
Q. The reason you were moved -- removed from the post in December of
1996, you said it was because of dealings with the press. Was that because
of that press release that was faxed to all of the news stations and the
TV -- the newspapers and the TV stations?
A. Well, no. It was -- it was -- it was probably prior to a press
release. I don't know specifically about a press release. What I know
about is the contact that I think was by Tom Tobin. I'm not clear, because
there was a number of media contacts at that time going on concerning the
release of the autopsy report.
Q. Explain that to me. I'm not sure -- I'm not sure why you would lose a
prestigious post, because you -- you didn't have the copy of the --
A. The press release.
Q. -- the autopsy report to release, did you?
A. I don't think we had it at that time.
Q. Okay. I'm still confused on why you lost your post?
A. Well, it would be because of the fact that there was an obvious case
mishandling for it to get to that point where it would become something
that it was of a media attention. That would be the reason.
Q. And that was your fault?
MR. MCGARRY: Can I interject here?
BY MR. MCGARRY:
Q. My -- my question is is from talking with you here today, you got your
post removed unjustly, because talking with you here today, you didn't --
you weren't around to handle this situation. Is that essentially true?
A. Well, I don't know how to answer that question.
Q. The day after, Italy, then another trip, then Boston, then LA.
Completely out of the loop on the Lisa McPherson thing?
Q. Never seen her folders, never seen the -- excuse me, I should be more
specific, the PC folders?
Q. And yet you get blamed for screwing up the Lisa McPherson media thing?
A. Well, okay. If you could actually backtrack the entire situation,
right, you could look at it from the viewpoint that anything that would
come to that degree of a legal situation is ultimately my responsibility
whether, at the time, I did something about it or not.
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