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And I'm thinking that this is one of the reasons to depose him first. He is such a coward that he would study the transcripts from the other depositions. He is known to micro manage litigation, so I'm sure he would find a way to read the transcripts. That could lead him to either lie to stay consistent with the other deponents' statements, or possibly use the deny deny deny tech to throw them under the bus. This way, he is more likely to say something damning, or possibly even perjure himself in a very easy to prove way. That's really the only strategic advantage I see, but it is entirely possible that I'm missing something really big.
The only other explanation would be to get him to fold, do the Bulgravian Boogey, or end cycle in his bunker Fuhrer-style. But I don't think these plaintiffs want that - I think they want him by the short and curlies for as long as possible and savor the moment.
I actually think he's become more and more of a recluse. Does anyone see him outside Scientology events? I think he won't let it come to that stage - public embarrassment. Tom Cruise would pay the money first.