Like many before him, Louis Theroux got a lot of pushback for his 2015 film about Scientology. Scientologists are notoriously protective of the church and have some pretty inventive ways of sending out warning shots to journalists they feel are intruding.
One pap who was once assigned to do a job outside the church’s Celebrity Centre in LA was sitting in his car when he saw a young woman leaving the centre with a bunch of leaflets in her hand. She walked up and down the busy street, putting one under the wipers of every car’s windscreen before finally walking up to the pap’s car and slapping one on his too.
When she’d gone back inside, he jumped out of his car to read the leaflet. He saw it was a photo of him and a description suggesting that he was a known paedophile.
In a panic he ran up the street, ripping them off every car, only to discover that – except for the one on his windscreen – the rest were all completely blank.
He considered himself warned off.