Krishna Sect Target of $16 Million Suit

Santa Ana Register, California/October 15, 1977

A 17-year old Cypress girl and her mother Friday filed a $16 Million lawsuit in Superior Court here against the International Society of Krishna Consciousness Inc., alleging the sect conspired to keep the girl from her parents and caused the girl's father to die from the strain.

Robin George and her mother, Marcia, of 10421 Sande Street, cited 12 causes of action in the suit, which named as defendants the Krishna corporations in California, Louisiana, New York and Canada, its governing body and its leader, A.C. Bhaktivedanta.

The suit alleges civil conspiracy, false imprisonment, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, interference with the family unit, labor and civil code violations, wrongful death, libel, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of a person for a commercial purpose.

According to the suit, Mss George was "enticed" to join the Krishna religious sect on November 14, 1975, and the defendants "did conspire and combine to keep (her) under their control and direction, and did hide and conceal (her) from her parents" until November 5, 1975, when she returned home to stay.

During that time, the suit alleges, Miss George was moved from California to Louisiana to New York to Canada and finally to Los Angeles in order to keep her away from her parents.

At one point during the odyssey, Miss George's father located her in New Orleans and returned her to home, the suit said. But 2 ½ weeks later she was again "enticed" to go with the Krishna's.

As a result of the strain of trying to retrieve his daughter, said the suit, Miss George's father suffered a heart attack and died.

Representatives of the religious sect could not be reached for comment Friday.

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