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Sharon Stone: Blonde bombshell

Here's a paradox that sums up all you need to know about modern celebrity. In 1992, Sharon Stone opened her legs, and became an overnight superstar; last week, Sharon Stone opened her mouth, and in 60 seconds turned her brand into a junk stock that sensible Hollywood investors won't touch with a 10-ft ice pick.

Libel fears stop Tom Cruise biography's sale in Britain

Since its release in America earlier this year, Andrew Morton's unauthorised biography of the Hollywood actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise jumped to the top of virtually every single bestseller list in the United States.

Scientologists try to block Cruise YouTube rant

Scientologists are attempting to block the spread of a video clip in which Tom Cruise zealously espouses his faith in the church.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Son addicted to heroin

Dear Virginia, I have discovered that my son is a heroin addict. I can't tell you how upset I am. He has agreed to try to get clean in the New Year, but we can't afford private rehab, and no NHS places are available. I have given him money for drugs because he says that otherwise he'll steal to pay for them. My world has been torn apart. I want to help him, but how? Yours sincerely, Marjorie

Scientologists are refused charitable status

THE CHURCH of Scientology failed in its attempt to become a registered charity yesterday because the organisation was not of "public benefit".

Scientologist jailed for selling bogus stress cures

A FORMER official of the Church of Scientology was jailed for six months yesterday after a French court found him guilty of defrauding disciples with bogus and expensive treatments for stress.

Letter: French `Inquisition'

Sir: The witchhunt against Scientologists currently perpetrated by certain elements in France has many of the hallmarks, if not the violent finality, of past Inquisitions ("Scientologists `penetrated French state' ", 21 September).

Travolta flies out to dodge trial questions

THE ACTOR and scientologist John Travolta has cut short a visit to Paris apparently because he feared he might be called to give evidence in the trial of seven French members of the Church of Scientology in Marseilles.

Scientologists `penetrated French state'

THE MONEY-HUNGRY practices of the Church of Scientology are expected to be laid bare at a trial that opened in Marseilles yesterday amid an atmosphere of near-paranoia over the sect's penetration of the French state and judicial system.

Poetic Licence: The Vicar Recruitment Rap

The Church Of Scientology is launching Britain's first national TV campaign promoting a religion. Not to be outdone, the Church of England has picked a 38-year-old female vicar to front their own pounds 20,000 campaign to recruit more young people to the priesthood.

Law: Going 10 rounds with Goliath

When Bonnie Woods called the Church of Scientology a `bogus religion', they sued. But how do you take on a church? By Ian Thomas

Woman accused of hate campaign wins damages from Scientologists

THE CHURCH of Scientology agreed to pay pounds 55,000 in damages yesterday to a former member it had accused of being a "hate campaigner", ending six years of claim and counter-claim that the woman said mirrored the trials of Job.

Law: The barrister who is game for anything

For Michael Beloff QC, going part-time means working in Kuala Lumpur, Jersey and Oxford.

Right of Reply: L Ron Hubbard

The Church of Scientology, in the name of its founder, responds to Paul Vallely's recent article

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