Marty Rathbun: Guru in Handcuffs
Meet Marty Rathbun, put on a pedestal by Alex Gibney. Only problem is Rathbun is an unstable individual and self-admitted liar whose honeymoon suite was the New Orleans City Jail. Then there was the time he admitted he suborned perjury and obstructed justice. Not exactly sterling material. More important he’s a self-proclaimed leader of a handful of zealots expelled from the Church years ago for malfeasance. Lawrence Wright knew all that before publishing his book. So did Alex Gibney, who also looked the other way.
Rathbun’s financial motives include using his wife to sue the Church. Rathbun was removed from an external affairs position a decade ago following malfeasance that he estimated cost the Church $43 million. In a deposition just this past December 22, Rathbun was asked “Did you lie under oath in declarations?” and “Did you lie under oath in affidavits?” His answer to both questions: “Probably.” Making Rathbun a perfect source for Alex Gibney. Leave it to “Going Clear” producers Lawrence Wright, Alex Gibney, Kristen Vaurio and HBO’s Sheila Nevins to bet their credibility on a self-confessed liar. We’re just glad to be rid of him.
Update: 22 December 2014. According to Marty Rathbun, his cult has shut down and he now describes it as a “failed experiment.”