Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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A HowdyCon 2017 announcement: Special guests and performances!

 
In January, we told you about Bernie Headley’s determination to defeat Scientology’s disconnection and be reunited with his daughter, Stephanie. That story helped us figure out which city Stephanie is living in today, which is at least a comfort, Bernie tells us, but now we have even better news: Once again, his cancer appears to be in remission.

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Understanding Marty Rathbun: For the first time, his full deposition of 2014

 
On Tuesday, we examined the complete history of Mark “Marty” Rathbun’s website, “Moving On Up a Little Higher,” looking for some clues for what led the former top Church of Scientology official to go from one of church leader David Miscavige’s most vocal and effective critics to give up that role so completely.

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Leah Remini’s second season of ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ — what do you want to see in it?

 
The Hollywood Reporter spilled the beans today that A&E has ordered a second season of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, which seemed like an obvious choice after how well the first season performed with viewers. THR says the second season will have ten episodes and will air this summer.

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Sheriff’s deputy on what Scientology does behind its gates: “That’s not my business”

 
Perhaps the number one question we get from people who are new to our website or on Twitter is, with all of the evidence and history of Scientology abuses over so many years, why doesn’t law enforcement do something about it?

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Memories of a Scientology warrior: Marty Rathbun’s curious career as church rebel

 
Last week, we caused a bit of an uproar in the Scientology Watching community when we reported evidence that Mark “Marty” Rathbun gave a Church of Scientology attorney in Israel a copy of an email that independent Scientologist Dani Lemberger sent to Rathbun in 2013, and which contained private information about Lemberger’s Scientology auditing.

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Danny Masterson turns 41 today, and we have a gift from his cast and crew at ‘The Ranch’

[Danny Masterson and Sam Elliott in a scene from The Ranch, season one]

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.

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David Miscavige wants to turn Clearwater into Scientology’s Vatican — but can he?

 
Rod Keller has really worn the shoeleather this week getting us the drop on what David Miscavige will face as he continues his takeover attempt of Clearwater, Florida…

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Source: Scientology made Danny Masterson’s Victim B search past lives to explain being raped

[Danny Masterson in 2003]

Last week, the Underground Bunker revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson in three cases of rape or sodomy of women who, like Masterson himself, were members of the Church of Scientology. Hours after our story appeared, the LAPD itself confirmed that it was investigating the three cases of sexual assault.

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Louis Farrakhan, Leah Remini, and a document that helps explain the Scientology-NOI pact

[Minister Louis Farrakhan and actress Leah Remini]

Last month, we told you that Minister Louis Farrakhan, speaking at the Nation of Islam’s annual “Saviours’ Day” celebration, mentioned his organization’s relationship with Scientology, saying that he planned to stick by the church as it was being buried under negative press, and as Leah Remini “went in hard” against it on her A&E television program.

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As Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ hits U.S., troubling news of co-star Marty Rathbun

[Marty Rathbun and Louis Theroux in ‘My Scientology Movie’]

On Friday, Louis Theroux’s unconventional documentary My Scientology Movie opens in select U.S. cities after a successful run in the U.K. and Australia. The movie was largely shot in Los Angeles in 2014, and besides featuring Theroux himself it spends much of its time considering the veracity and perspective of former Church of Scientology official Mark “Marty” Rathbun.

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