Scientology's leading critic is arrested
Millionaire Robert S. Minton is charged with assault and battery with a "dangerous weapon" while picketing Scientologists in Boston.
By THOMAS C. TOBIN
St. Petersburg Times, published September 12, 1998
The man considered to be the Church[sic] of Scientology's No. 1 enemy was arrested Thursday after a scuffle with church[sic] members in Boston.
Robert S. Minton, a Boston millionaire who has spent nearly $2-million on anti-Scientology causes, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and jailed briefly before posting $25 bail.
According to Boston police, the weapon was the stick from a picket sign Minton was holding as he protested against Scientology outside the church[sic]'s Beacon Street headquarters. Police said Minton used the stick to strike Frank Ofman, a Scientology public affairs officer.
Minton said Friday that he reacted after Ofman struck him with a fist to his temple and slapped his cheek.
"I guarantee you that isn't true," said Mike Rinder, a top official for Scientology, which has its worldwide spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. "If that's the case, then why did the police arrest him?"...