Paulette Cooper was a reporter working from Florida and New York, she has a degree in psychology and has studied comparative religion at Harvard. She started to expose wrongs done by the Church of Scientology before others had taken up the issue and Scientology attacked her hard, she refused to be intimidated and endured a quarter of a lifetime persecution. For 15 years Paulette stood virtually alone in trying to expose Scientology and the Scientologists persecuted her, they sued her repeatedly in different countries, see:-
The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly. (L. Ron Hubbard) 
Scientologists accused her of things she would never do like perverted sex with her rabbi. Her relatives and neighbours got anonymous repulsive letters, she even was framed and arrested for crimes she had not done. Harassment was relentless during those 15 years.
Paulette Cooper lost most of her family in Auschwitz and after her early childhood in European orphanages was fortunately adopted and moved to the United States. This early experience of the harm tyranny causes left Paulette determined to expose tyranny in Scientology when she found out about it. She regretted that too few people spoke out against Hitler early on and decided to speak out against tyranny in Scientology despite knowing there would be a personal cost.
Scientologists somehow got hold of paper with Paulette Cooper’s finger print and wrote out bomb threats pretending she had written it all. Legal fees for her defence were far more than she could easily afford. If found guilty Paulette Cooper faced the prospect of up to 15 years in prison, she had to appear before a jury and suffered serious distress till the matter was concluded.