David Miscavige (born April 30, 1960), is the megalomaniacal leader of the Church of Scientology. Miscavige was the assistant to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and succeeded him following his death. He is known for his strongly authoritarian leadership and aggressive fundraising techniques.
There have been numerous allegations from former Scientologists that Miscavige personally engages in physical and psychological abuse, and enforces policies such as forced separation of family members, child labor, imprisonment, and coerced abortions.
Miscavige is known for having strong-armed the IRS into granting Scientology tax-exempt status by forcing his followers to file approximately 2,500 individual lawsuits against the agency. Miscavige has enforced his predecessor's policy of "Fair Game" towards many of Scientology's enemies deemed "suppressive persons". Some of these individuals are stalked and harassed by the church, including outspoken ex-Scientologists such as former executives Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun.
Miscavige is also known for banishing his wife, Shelly Miscavige, to an undisclosed location.