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Danny Masterson hires Michael Jackson criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau in rape probe

[Attorney Tom Mesereau]

In March, we broke the news that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating That 70’s Show actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson over the rape allegations of three different women who were all Scientologists at the time of the incidents, which occurred between 2001 and 2003.

That investigation is ongoing, but now we’ve learned just how seriously Masterson is taking it as he has hired renowned criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau to represent him.

Mesereau has already made contact with the LAPD to tell them that Masterson denies the rape allegations and that Mesereau, with the help of a private investigator named Scott Ross, has been gathering witnesses of their own to back up Masterson’s denials.

We emailed Mesereau and Ross asking them to comment about taking on Masterson’s defense, but they did not respond to us.

Mesereau is most famous for defending Michael Jackson in a 2005 child molestation trial that acquitted the singer on all 14 counts. Mesereau also represented boxer Mike Tyson in a rape investigation, and charges were dropped (Tyson had previously been convicted of rape in another case.) Other famous Mesereau clients include actor Robert Blake and music mogul Suge Knight.

The investigation of Masterson has been a complex one. One of the women — we’re calling her Victim A — discovered only last year that she wasn’t the only one who had reported to the Church of Scientology that Masterson had attacked her. Last fall Victim A reported her allegations to the LAPD for the first time. When she did so, the LAPD reactivated another case against Masterson that had been reported in 2004 by a woman we’re calling Victim B. A third woman, Victim C, then came forward and also made her allegations to the LAPD.

We previously reported that Victim A wrote a lengthy letter to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, complaining about the way the investigation was being handled and wondering if the police department was compromised by its relationship to the Church of Scientology. The church’s role, meanwhile, we detailed in a story about Victim B, who was made to go through weeks of intense interrogations at the church that cost her tens of thousands of dollars, and that asked her to look for evil acts she had committed in her past lives that might explain her victimization in her current life. Victim C, meanwhile, was backed up by a veteran actress who, only after we wrote about her account, was finally interviewed by the LAPD.

 

 
And now, our sources report, Masterson’s attorney is countering with his own investigation with the help of private investigator Scott Ross. It’s not unusual for a defense attorney to hire an investigator to gather evidence for a defense, but in December, after an episode of Leah Remini’s A&E series about Scientology, Ross publicly stated on Twitter that he would never work on behalf of the church.

We noticed that Remini responded to that tweet a few days ago, and Ross didn’t respond:

 

 
We’ll let you know if we get word from either Mesereau or Ross.

 
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Countdown to Denver!

 

 
HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25 at the Residence Inn Denver City Center. Go here to start making your plans, and book your room soon!

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,745 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,848 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,342 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,382 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,094 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 620 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,709 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,849 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,169 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,144 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 500 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,802 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 909 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,311 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,184 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 765 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,270 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,514 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,623 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 9, 2017 at 07:00

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BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
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  • downtherabbithole

    Sherbet you make me smile. Thanks for your light hearted banter today. It was much needed and appreicated.

    • Sherbet

      That’s very sweet. I hope tomorrow is a cheerier day for you. Hugs, Alice.

    • Rasha

      Sherb is a bunch of smiles.

  • Shivani33

    Mesereau quit representing Robert Blake and wasn’t the first lawyer to do so. He didn’t disclose anything about why he walked away from Blake’s case. Maybe Mesereau will research Masterson and read about all what Victim B, in particular, went through with Masterson AND Scientologists. He can read it from Tony Ortega’s March articles here at the Bunker. Remember Masterson has acknowledged culpability for raping and choking Victim B at his house, and he didn’t deny it during a meeting at Alfeddie’s literacy joint with several witnesses present. Masterson expressed being more worried about keeping Victim B from breaking his bedside lamp than anything else. Furthermore, he even sent Victim B a letter of apology, alongside a nondisclosure agreement, trying to submerge his sexual criminality. Plus, there are two other victim reports.

    Mesereau is rich already. Does he really want to represent a conscienceless minor celebrity who brings a scandalous “religion” along into the mix with all of his other personal shit? What is the point of putting any effort at all into defending such a malodorous situation? Does Mesereau only like going after hollow victories? Say it isn’t so!

    • Kestrel

      Maybe he’s looking for a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ challenge.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      ” Does Mesereau only like going after hollow victories?”

      No, he likes going after the money, which he’s been pretty successful in bringing in. Danny Boy is going to need a really good lawyer after going on record in admitting sexual assault, then making a hush money settlement offer, followed by a cherch campaign to threaten her into silence.

      DB is in up to his eyeballs and, even if he isn’t criminally convicted, he’s very likely to lose big in civil court.

  • nottrue
    • flyonthewall

      what if it requires you to hate nazis and pedophiles?

      • Baby
        • daisy

          I still haven*t slept Baby , those look like delightful dancing sleeping pills .

          • flyonthewall
          • ExCult.Jan

            Edit: replacing with a version without applause at the end so it won’t wake you if you doze off, daisy.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSkaEP2ZqbY

          • Baby

            Been there Dais.. rock abye Daisy … close your eyes..you are getting sleepy…

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/193dcd32b14c6140d9027064ac02ac88dc4b11ae80ab2fcde41cb670a307f2bd.jpg

          • Supper Powers

            I have been taking Soma to sleep. It’s a muscle relaxer and works better than any other sleeping pill I’ve tried.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Soma is awesome!!!

            • daisy

              Does it have a generic name? Google says it is a lingerie store . Is it over the counter ? I have never heard of it , maybe not in Canada , I will definitely look for it.

            • Supper Powers

              It’s RX. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carisoprodol
              It calms the mind and body. Addictive shit so be careful.

            • daisy

              Sounds lovely but I cannot take anything addictive. My Dr, knows not to prescribe me the good drugs.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              So, no to the Fentanyl??

            • daisy

              I am definitely going to try it , saving it for my 95 th birthday.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              That doesn’t make me sleepy just happy.

            • Supper Powers

              It’s good your doctor knows how to care for you. That’s important.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Try trazadone. It’s a script but not really as addictive as the new ones. I just take a !/2 and, goodnight.

            • daisy

              I have tried it. It didn*t touch me. I am a hard core insomniac . I will fall asleep eventually .It always make me think of those poor S,O. I can walk around being a bitch and complaining Those poor people have to paint a smile on their faces and pretend all is well.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              I try to make myself as physically tired as possible and listen to old time radio shows mixed with some medication. I never take the same thing two days in a row. One day it is those nifty Niquil zzz capsules, then I’ll try 1/2 a trazadone the next. I have too much mind chatter. If I don’t get to sleep in the hour I’ll try getting up and doing something. Youtube has some great meditations as well. I’m too old to stay up all night long anymore.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Wonderful with pain killers except when you fall down the stairs. Dr’s don’t like to give it out much anymore.

      • GrangerFX

        Do nazis and pedophiles hate nazi pedophiles?

        • flyonthewall

          *shrug* sure, why not

          • GrangerFX
            • flyonthewall

              he prob had it coming

            • GrangerFX

              I spotted this today and thought you would like it. It is exactly what it appears to be.

            • flyonthewall

              I heard about that but haven’t seen the pic. Is prob just a sign of the coming Apocalypse. I wouldn’t sweat it

            • GrangerFX

              Hey wanna start a club for people who have been told they have a weird sense of humor? Who else should we invite?

            • flyonthewall

              pretty sure the bunker is that club

  • Observer
  • mandymarie20

    Since Tom Mesereau rarely loses a case because they spend bucketfuls of money and have unlimited resources for defense, the message of today’s Bunker Buster is Danny Masterson will get off. Bummer. I wonder if being a Scientologist will get him a discount of P.I. services.

    • scottishinlondon

      Don’t be a pessimist, the key word is “rarely”

  • iampissed
    • ExCult.Jan

      LOL Coworker enthuses, “Picasso, man!”

      • iampissed

        She won’t admit it but it’s Rashas Dad. Taught her everything she knows.

  • WhiteCentauress
  • Taffy Sinclair

    Is it weird that I still have an antenna on my roof?

    • iampissed

      Nope
      ETA: if your a cord cutter it’s a great way to get your local
      channels and a good deal of sports at this time.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        I miss those days of asking my daddy to change the reception from VHF to UHF. Good times!!!

        • iampissed

          I feel ya

          • Taffy Sinclair

            Wanna hear something funny? When we moved into the house me and the husband live in, it belonged to his folks. They left behind a genuine ChannelMaster Antenna rotator!! And it STILL WORKS!!!!!! And the receipt was with it!!

            • ExCult.Jan

              That was such a step up from having to go outside and crank to change direction.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              People have died from falling off the roof adjusting their antennas!!! Truth!!

    • Taffy Sinclair

      They should plead guilty, right on!! and what unattractive mugshots! At least mine are always on point.

    • salin

      Make sense of this statement from the article:

      Scientologist Marc Vallieres, who is not affiliated with the Church of Scientology, is believed to have used training learned through the church to open his own treatment facility.

      How is one both a Scientologist, but not affiliated with the Church of Scientology?

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Right?? Not affiliated my cunt!!!

      • ExCult.Jan

        When you find out on the news (Comeyesque) that you are no longer affiliated with the cherch?

      • madame duran

        Noticed that too.
        I thought Vallieres was the only one of the three men charged who DID NOT plead guilty? Also, wasn’t it a TWO-YEAR probation instead of one?
        It irks me when news reporters just soak in whatever the cult tells them without checking details first.

        • salin

          IKR?!

    • 3feetback-of-COS

      Well, I guess $cientology is gonna be in hiding around Nashville for a while!

  • MarcabExpat

    Ladies and Gentlemen, REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS.

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    How many days til the clams have to show up in Judge Whittemore’s courtroom?

  • dchoiceisalwaysrs

    Richard Behar’s writing seems like he nailed it extremely well many years ago saying

    “As long as the organization’s opponents and victims are successfully squelched, Scientology’s managers and lawyers will keep pocketing millions of dollars by helping it achieve its ends.”

    http://tonyortega.org/2017/03/11/source-scientology-made-danny-mastersons-victim-b-search-past-lives-to-explain-being-raped/

    “….not to name her out of fear of retaliation from the church….”

    ….”Then, the day after Christmas 2003, Swartz handed Victim B a “Non-Enturbulation Order,” which was another way of saying that she was on the verge of being declared suppressive. The order reassigned her to the Hollywood Celebrity Centre for more questioning, and if she didn’t go every day, she would be declared SP.”

    ….”By July, however, the LAPD told her that they had been “bombarded” by an attorney representing Masterson, and the church had sent numerous witnesses to contradict Victim B and support Masterson. Unless another victim came forward, she was told, the investigation was being closed….”
    .
    A few weeks later, in August 2004, Victim B was approached by Masterson’s attorney, who brought her a hand-written letter of apology from the actor. She was then asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) so that she would never make her allegations public, and in return would receive payments totaling in the low six figures, our source says.

    Mesereau, with the help of a private investigator named Scott Ross, has been gathering witnesses of their own to back up Masterson’s denials.

    That investigation is ongoing, but now we’ve learned just how seriously Masterson is taking it as he has hired renowned criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau to represent him.

    Richard Behar’s writing seems to say it all

    https://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,156952,00.html

    “One of Scientology’s main strategies is to keep advancing the tired argument that the church is being “persecuted” by antireligionists. It is supported in that position by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Council of Churches. But in the end, money is what Scientology is all about. As long as the organization’s opponents and victims are successfully squelched, Scientology’s managers and lawyers will keep pocketing millions of dollars by helping it achieve its ends.”

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Nothing says spiritual freedom like being threatened with excommunication for reporting that you were raped by another parishioner!

      • dchoiceisalwaysrs

        That is not the issue here. The issue is stats and acceptances of the conman and his con. All else is simply H E & R.
        What other counter intention are you going to throw up..? ? What are YOUR crimes against the incompassionate demonstrating Ron= Love ?
        You are now declared an SP= Special Person a child of God if you will and therefore an enemy of the supreme (s)thetan LRH. Don’t be so free, just go home to our hell.
        ****
        Ok back from my dissociation identity. I so hope these ladies get justice regarding such scumbaggery that they experienced.
        This is Why, Why …Why!!!

  • Supper Powers

    In other cult news: in this video, Lloyd Evans says he’s coming to the US in June. I so want him to come to HowdyCon!! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fpFHJXbvzHw

    • He’ll be in SF while I’m in Denver!

      • Supper Powers

        Bummer. The cult watchers need to coordinate better!

    • Robert Ramsay

      Manchester (-ish) but homogenized into more generic queen’s English.

    • Baby

      Oh good I will watch in the wee hours.. thank you ISN

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Congratulations $cientology in driving away yet another articulate, intelligent, competent, caring $cientologist staff member, breaking up his marriage, and transforming him from a hardworking, loyal member or friend into an “enemy” you now must spend money to spy on and character assassinate via your bizarre and nefarious fair gaming, dead agenting and third partying tactics. The rest of the planet is grateful for your immense and ongoing hubris and stupidity which are hastening your imminent demise.

    • Supper Powers

      Awesome! Does this person hang out here?

  • Todd Tomorrow

    How do these people survive on the salary of a $cion staff member? If I saw my parents struggling to survive I’d run the other way in my choice of careers. What a waste of time. Just sayin’..

  • Baby

    in between movies.. Just wanted you to know that I posted the Mother’s day art for you today because I thought today was Fri. Carry on.

    • Snippy_X

      I thought it was Friday too, baby! Dang.

      • Baby

        weird snip ..ha

        • ExCult.Jan

          *sip*

      • Puget Buckeye

        Wishful thinking? Happens to me almost every morning!

    • Jimmy3

      You were only off by half a week. It happens.

      • Baby

        I am lucky if I know the month JImmy..

  • Snippy_X

    On trivializing death and grief or …

    Things to do in Denver When You’re “Transitioned”
    http://afterthespirit.com/?tag=transition

  • ExCult.Jan

    Edit: oops, moved to the reply I thought I was pasting the link to.

    • madame duran

      Rinder: “So it’s important that you remember: when your congregation grows and you’re going to move to a bigger place, make a deal with the city or another Christian church to buy your property.”

  • WhatAreYourCrimes

    Is Attorney Tom Mesereau …

    … a mop?

    That hair! I love it. ; )

  • Tony Ortega

    This morning’s story may be delayed for some time. Waiting on a confirmation.

  • Jimmy3

    WTF!!! He hired the guy that ALWAYS defends rapists? I don’t know whether that’s more idiotic or more repulsive. I feel like every day I read this shit and it’s just the same disgusting shit over and over and over.

  • Tony Ortega

    NEW POST IS UP

  • Chris Mann

    Does Attorney Tom Mesereau look like a Simpsons character or something? I can’t quite place it.

  • Mooser42001

    He must be one hell of a lawyer. Must be brilliant when he speaks.
    On the basis of his hair, I would vote to convict.