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Recalling his last two years on bail, Steve said: "I had been told to
expect a jail sentence of 12 months at the worst. "I had butterflies in my
stomach when the jury came in with their verdicts. 

I was sick with nerves. 

WAITING

"I knew my solicitor back home had received a letter in 1992 from
Kathleen's solicitors saying she was taking me to court for damages.

"Now I'm just waiting for the bad news that the case is reopened." 

Steve, who used to share a flat in Bognor, Sussex, with Lorna and
Kathleen, said he did not regret what he had done.  He insisted that he
was just "trying to help."

"I was worried for Kathleen's safety. I saw what I did as more of a rescue
attempt than a kidnap."

Steve will be represented in any civil action by solicitor Martin Grove,
of Skelton, Cleveland. 

A spokeswoman for the law firm said: "I can confirm that we are in receipt
of papers which show Kathleen Wilson is claiming civil damages from
Stephen Cooper." Meanwhile, former shoe shop assistant Kathleen is still
living at the Scientology HQ. 

She works there from 9am until 10pm, six days a week for a wage of 33. 

She told the jury how she underwent a process called "auditing" when she
first joined the sect, revealing secrets about her life while holding an
electronic machine called an E Meter. 

From the cult headquarters, she said she planned to consult solicitors
about reopening her civil case.  The law firm - Peter Hodkin and Co -
normally represent the English Church of Scientology. 

RIDICULED

Kathleen said: "I feel I've been ridiculed. 

"I am taking legal action against Stephen Cooper for the trauma he caused
me, physically and mentally.

"I have to find out from my solicitor how much compensation I could hope
to win. 

"It's going to be done because the true information needs to be brought
out in the open.

"People should be free to do what they want with their lives and allowed
to believe what they want to believe.

"It's not me who should feel guilty. 

"It's not about the money. We are not an evil cult. We are just the
opposite. 

"I'm doing this off my own back but the Scientologists are helping me." 

Kathleen and her mum Margaret had an emotional reunion during the court
case. Kathleen, sitting in the public gallery, walked over to Margaret and
gave her a hug. The pair then spent 10 minutes in a waiting room, chatting
for the first time in two and a half years. 

But now Kathleen claims her mum has constantly "nagged" her since
childhood. "I think she wants total control of my life. "All I want is for
her to accept me as I am and agree that I can choose my own life and my
own religion. 

"I don't care what people with Rottweiler dogs try to tell me; I know my
own mind better than they do." 

SUPPORT

Church of Scientology spokesman Peter Mansell said: "We fully support
Kathleen and her legal action. 

She is using the solicitors who normally act for us. "This case isn't just
important for us, it's important for everybody who wants freedom of
choice." 

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