The Nostalgia Network has filed suit in federal court against the Unification Church and its founder, Sun Myung Moon, claiming the church — through various wholly owned subsidiaries — is attempting to illegally acquire Nostalgia to use it for “cult and mind control.”

The suit charges antitrust violations, fraud and deceit, and seeks to stop acquisition of Nostalgia, at least until the Federal Communications Commission looks into the transaction.

The acquisition is due to close next week, according to Nostalgia attorney Merrick Scott Rayle.

An attorney for the church could not be reached for comment.

According to court papers, the church used several “shell” operations to buy a significant share of Nostalgia stock in 1990 and then brought on five members to sit on the company’s 10-member board of directors.

Nostalgia attorneys alleged that the Moon organization also manipulated the net through its share-interest into an exclusive, long-term contract for satellite up-link and related production and editing services with a company that is wholly owned by the church.

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