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Former Scientology mouthpiece Tommy Davis has a new look and a new friend in his life

Even seven years after Tommy Davis was bounced from his job as chief spokesman for the Church of Scientology, the public still has a huge fascination for him. We’re often asked, what’s happening with that guy? So over the last few years we’ve provided regular updates about his jobs and what he’s been up to. And now that he has a new look and, apparently, a new friend, we knew our readers were going to want to know about it.

For those just catching up, let’s quickly go once more through the rundown: Tommy is the son of actress Anne Archer and was brought up in Scientology, eventually becoming a sort of go-fer and handler for actor Tom Cruise. By the mid-2000s, Davis had become the public face of Scientology as its spokesman, sparring with the likes of ABC’s Martin Bashir and the BBC’s John Sweeney as Scientology leader David Miscavige pursued a more aggressive approach to the media. By 2011, however, we noticed that he’d seemed to have disappeared. He turned up in Austin, where his wife Jessica Feshbach’s family had some property, and in 2013 Davis testified in a deposition that he was “on leave” from his job in the Sea Organization but was still a member of the Church of Scientology.

The next year, in 2014, the Davises moved to Los Angeles, as Tommy found work at billionaire real estate investor Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital. (Tommy’s father, William Davis, a wealthy real estate investor who died in 2015, was a close friend to Barrack). But then in February 2016, Tommy left his job working for Barrack and became “general manager North America” for Australian billionaire James Packer, helping to run Packer’s Hollywood studio, RatPac Entertainment.

Davis and Packer knew each other from Scientology. Packer had been brought into the church around the year 2001 by his friend Tom Cruise, and according to Steve Cannane’s excellent book on Australian Scientology, Fair Game, Packer left the church around the year 2006. And now, a decade later, he’d hired Davis to help him run his movie studio. But then, 2016 turned into a nightmare year for Packer as he had setbacks to his gambling empire, broke up with fiancée Mariah Carey, and his studio also took a bath on a Ben Affleck flop. Packer ended up bailing out of RatPac, and in that chaos, Tommy left his job and went back to work for Barrack.


And last May, he filed for divorce from Jessica. We hope they have been able to work out something amicable regarding their two young children.

In the meantime, Tommy is sporting a new look, and he posted this photo to his Facebook page with a friend we don’t recognize. Can anyone tell us who this is?


Tommy certainly looks healthy and happy. It’s a shame, however, that he still hasn’t been able to respond to Mike Rinder’s challenge to come forward about what he saw working for David Miscavige in the Church of Scientology.


Make your plans now!


Wow, we’re now less than two months out, and Chee Chalker is working hard to make sure things are going to run smoothly at this year’s HowdyCon in Chicago, June 21-23. As in past years, we’re looking forward to meeting readers of the Bunker, culminating in Saturday night’s main event.

The biggest difference this year is that our Saturday night event is separate from that evening’s dinner. Chee is setting up an inexpensive pizza dinner that you don’t need to pay for ahead of time, after which we’ll walk over to the theater where our event, hosted by Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte, will take place. Because it’s a separate event, we’re asking that you pay $10 each to get into the Saturday night event, which will help us recoup what the Bunker paid for the venue. (We have never made a penny on our HowdyCon meetups, we only try to break even.)

Please email your proprietor (tonyo94 AT gmail) in order to reserve your spot for Saturday night’s main event. Seating is limited, and we’re going to have some really interesting people on stage and they may make a few announcements that you don’t want to miss.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,095 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,698 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 241 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,304 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,078 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,852 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,198 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,692 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,732 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,444 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 970 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,059 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,199 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,519 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,494 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 850 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,152 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,258 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,661 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,533 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,115 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,620 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,864 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,973 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 25, 2018 at 07:00

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