Mike Rinder “Punched Me in the Chest,” Says Former Associate

Hans, who had worked for the Church of Scientology for 24 years, on four continents, relates how Mike Rinder was the only person to punch him.


In relation to Mike Rinder, I can say one thing, which is: he was just—he was just an unpleasant person. Like, he wasn't somebody who was like, “Oh, he's a good friend of mine.” Like, he never was friends with a lot of people because he just was an unpleasant person.

I’ve been working for the Church of Scientology for 24 years and in those 24 years which—I’ve worked in a lot of places. I’ve worked in England. I’ve worked in Europe. I’ve worked in Australia. I’ve worked in Asia. I’ve worked here in the United States. And I’ve met a lot of people, like thousands and thousands of people. And he’s the only person in the last 24 years that I’ve been on staff who’s punched me. He actually punched me in the chest once. Actually, he punched me so hard—I had a tag on, he broke the tag in half. And it’s—that was—to me, that’s just the kind of person he is—just kind of an aggressive guy who honestly wasn’t very popular. So that’s just my personal experience with Mike Rinder.