Today happens not only to be Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s 106th birthday, it’s also a big day for Scientologist and That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson, who turns 41 today and we didn’t want to miss the occasion.
You may already know that the Underground Bunker broke the news on March 3 that Masterson is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department in three cases of rape or sodomy of women who were also members of the Church of Scientology. We want to stress that Masterson has not been charged with a crime, and he put out a statement denying any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, in a Feb. 22 letter to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, the person we’re calling Victim A complained that the investigation has been plagued with mistakes and inaction caused, she believes, by the LAPD’s relationship with the Church of Scientology.
That first story, on March 3, included details about Victim A’s case that she spelled out in her letter to Chief Beck. On March 8, we told the story of the woman we’re calling Victim C. And on Saturday, we learned the grim details of what the Church of Scientology put Victim B through after she came forward with her allegations of being raped.
Currently, Masterson and his friend Ashton Kutcher are filming the second season of their Netflix comedy series, The Ranch, and on Friday, the cast and crew were on Stage 19 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank to shoot a couple of scenes for an upcoming episode.
A person who was on the set that day let us know that Masterson’s approaching milestone was noted, and the assembled crowd sang him a round of “Happy Birthday” during a break in filming. But our source tells us that the feeling on the set was pretty tense as our stories were being talked about when Masterson was out of earshot.
Oh, and here’s an odd detail we didn’t know. Kutcher’s stand-in on the show is Travis Case — yes, the actor Scientology “twinned” with Cathriona White to get through the Purif and Survival Rundown courses before, in September 2015, the young actress who had been dating Jim Carrey killed herself with drugs she had stolen from Carrey’s apartment.
Anyway, our source said the atmosphere on Friday was not only a little bizarre because of the birthday, but also because Masterson had dialogue that was typically filled with sexual innuendo, which is par for The Ranch, a sitcom which the viewers of Netflix have rated at only one and a half stars, although Esquire called it “surprisingly entertaining and fun.”
Our source supplied us with a few pages from the day’s shooting script, in which Masterson’s character, Rooster, flirts with “Jen.”
Says our source: “There was another scene that he was in with the same actress, and the lines are about going back to her place to hook up. She had to kiss him at the end and it was extremely uncomfortable to watch.”
We’ll let our readers take a look at the script pages and tell us for themselves if this is comedy gold or not. We will say that we can see why crew members who have been reading our stories might have winced.
Miss September of the Colorado Avalanche “ice girls.” What a classic.
(Meanwhile, as Masterson celebrates a birthday, we’ll remind the LAPD that Scientology will still have on file at the Celebrity Centre a trove of information about him, as well as the ethics files of Victim B, if not others.)
Many happy returns of the day, Mr. Hubbard.
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