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Church sues former Scientologist for $10 million
trial is scheduled for April in
deal called for the 57-year-old Canadian citizen, a former resident of
who joined the church in 1969 in Vancouver and moved to California and worked
closely with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, admits that under the
agreement he was also paid $500,000 to hand back documents he took when he left
the church in 1981.
admits he's breached the agreement "hundreds of thousands of times,"
but in a document filed in Marin County Superior Court he adds that he signed
the deal under "shudder-inducing" duress and doesn't intend to abide
lawyer Andrew Wilson said the amount of money the church paid Armstrong is
closer to $800,000.
was paid a lot of money and he now says he was under duress, but he took the
money," said Wilson, a
when he was done spending or giving it way, about 1989, he started breaching
the agreement and decided he had a constitutional right, to freedom of speech,
to say whatever he wanted."