NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The father of controversial Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige says he wants to set the record straight about his former faith and his son's role in what has now evolved into a "cult."
At 80 years old, Ron Miscavige says he has nothing to lose by exposing the church because he's already lost his entire family to it as he explains in his tell-all, 'Ruthless.'
"My daughters and grandchildren do not speak to me. If they did, their friends would disconnect from them," said Miscaviage.
Four years ago, Miscavige escaped from the church and was branded by followers a "suppressive person."
Current members cannot have contact with an SP, according to church teachings.
In 'Ruthless,' Miscavige says his goal is to put an end to the disconnection process of the church which is enforced with an "iron fist" by David Miscavige.
David, who has led the church for several decades, has gone from "Dr. Jekyl to Mr. Hyde," according to Ron.
"I think what caused it was the acquisition of power and he has power," said Miscavige.
Scientology was founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Miscavige is believed to have taken control in the 1980s.
“The things you learn when you first come in are very helpful: improved communication, improved interpersonal relationships. But as it went on, it became ‘get more money from your public.’ The end product is changed conditions—what you are taught and what does happen if you practice it correctly. But what is happening today is not it," said Miscavige.