"The original issue on which the church filed suit - the obviously defamatory remarks by [Steve] Fishman and [Uwe] Geertz - had become obscured by the defendants' litigation strategy of outright harassment and irrelevant scurrilous attacks," said Linda Simmons Hight, a Scientology spokeswoman in Los Angeles.
Fishman and Geertz were quoted in Richard Behar's Time article that portrayed Scientology as "the cult of greed." In the May 1991 article, Fishman and Geertz claimed that Fishman was ordered by Scientologists to kill Geertz, who was his psychiatrist, and then kill himself in what was termed an "EOC," or end of cycle, which the article said was a Scientology term.
After the article was published, the Church of Scientology International sued Fishman and Geertz in Los Angeles, saying their statements were absurd, false and designed to harm Scientology.
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