Jason Beghe, the "G.I. Jane" actor who left the Church of Scientology in April after 14 years, is testifying about today in Hamburg, Germany.
Beghe has been invited by Germany's Department of Interior Affairs to be part of a three hour seminar on Scientology in Hamburg called, "That is Scientology! Reports from the USA." The program will begin with an 11 a.m. press conference followed by three hours of in-depth lectures from 5 to 8 p.m.
All of this is organized by Ursula Caberta, whose title is "Head of Working Group, Scientology, Office for Domestic Affairs, Hamburg." The evening will start with opening remarks by Dr. Stefan Schulz, State Counselor at the Office for Domestic Affairs.
According to the releases that have gone out, Caberta is importing a number of American Scientology critics including Beghe, whom this column reported on last April after he famously exited Scientology after 14 years and what he said was a million dollar investment. Also on the list of guests are former Scientologists Larry Brennan and Mark Headley.
Caberta says in an email, "This will be the first time that somebody from the U.S. General Consulate in Hamburg is coming officially" to one of her hearings on this subject. In Germany, Scientology is considered by the government to be a cult.