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LEAH REMINI: Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey, do your job already

Actress Leah Remini tells us she’s had enough. More than two years ago, the first of four women came forward and reported to law enforcement that they had been violently raped by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson. The police investigation is complete. By February, the managers of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office had signed off on charging Masterson under a harsh law that could put him in prison for life. And still, two years after the investigation began, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has not made a decision about filing charges.

In the meantime, the victims tell us that they have been the subject of intense harassment. And now, we learn, an LAPD detective is also being followed and literally fears for his safety.

We checked in with Leah Remini, who tells us she’s incensed at the way the accusers have been treated.

“I don’t know how many times a victim can be victimized by Scientology and Scientologists,” she tells us.


“These brave women first told their stories to their ‘church’ looking for justice and they got none. Instead what they received was Scientology justice, which consisted of the victims being made responsible for their own rapes. That is what Scientology teaches—that you are somehow responsible for your ‘condition.’ No matter your age, if you were raped, molested, or beaten, Scientology beliefs say you did something to ‘pull it in,’ going so far as to ask children if they—in a past life—had raped, molested or beaten someone. This is Scientology.”

We’ve previously reported that the accuser we’re calling Victim B, after reporting her rape allegation to the church, was forced to spend some $15,000 on Scientology past-life counseling to try to find out what evil thing she had done perhaps millions of years ago that resulted in her being a victim in this lifetime.

[In May, LA DA Jackie Lacey was ambushed by Taryn Teutsch, a Scientologist and daughter of former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, who lobbied her in a Scientology operation. We asked the DA’s office for copies of any correspondence between Scientology and Lacey’s office, and got no response.]

“Scientology made the victims responsible for what happened to them. And their Scientologists friends also subscribed to this theory,” Leah says. “Then so did their Scientology families, siding with the church and siding with the Scientology celebrity. This is all at the direction of Scientology. I am sick to my stomach with the Scientologists’ behavior. Truly sickened by them.”

Victim B alleges that she was raped in 2003. The next year, 2004, against the wishes of the church, she went to the Los Angeles Police Department with her allegations. “Scientology responded by having the victim’s Scientology friends show up to the LAPD station — down the street from Celebrity Centre — with numerous affidavits claiming the victim was a liar. When I asked the police how that happened they said ‘someone tipped them off, but if we have only one victim and 20 statements saying the victim is lying, without overwhelming proof of the crime, there is nothing we can do.'”

It was only later, in 2016, when Chrissie Carnell Bixler came forward and reported her own 2001 incident with Masterson that the LAPD realized there was more than one victim — and two more women have come forward since then, bringing a total of four. But when the police went to re-open Victim B’s 2004 file, they found that all of the evidence reports in it had gone missing.

“I explained to the LAPD that it was Scientology policy to not only record every counseling session that goes on at the church, but everything is written down and contained in the parishioner files, which Scientology keeps,” Leah says. “This is done for every single person who ever steps into a ‘confidential’ counseling session in Scientology. Those files are never thrown away. And since three of the four accusers are Scientologists, the accounts of what happened to them are contained in those files. I suggested that the LAPD look into raiding Scientology — not only will they find the accounts as the victims said it was, they will see that Scientology is and has obstructed justice. They will find evidence of countless crimes covered up by Scientology. There are many victims of Scientology, these women are just the beginning.

“When Mike and I went to the authorities, on every level they told us, what evidence is there to justify a raid? We showed them Scientology policy on how to keep accurate records, we told them look what evidence was found in the 1977 raid, and all of the senior executives at the Gold Base who said they were beaten and imprisoned. What more do you need? They said they needed someone new to come forward. We gave them Valerie Haney. And what happened? Nothing.”

Last year, as part of her second season of her A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah filmed an episode interviewing the first three Masterson accusers, who had all been Scientologists. But she convinced A&E to postpone airing the episode when the DA’s office asked her to.

“We held off from airing our show because we did not want to hurt an ongoing investigation and yet, we are now told that Jackie Lacey has everything she needs to move forward with charges and has failed to act. And all the while, our victims have been harassed and followed by private investigators, followed and harassed by Scientologists, their phones and computers hacked… while the DA and the LAPD do nothing,” she says.

“I am so disgusted with law enforcement when it comes to Scientology, I really believed in the truth, in justice and this experience has left me so heartbroken for these courageous women who have yet to have anyone be their champion. What is it going to take?”


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Kelly Preston, Beck, and Anne Archer]

We’re building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs.’ We’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline — and yes, we finally have comments working on these new pages! Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Today’s Scientology front: World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)!



Now on sale: Twice the Miss Lovely!

Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. What a pleasure it is for us to work with her on this after we wrote about her ordeal as a victim of Scientology’s “Fair Game” campaigns in our 2015 book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, which is also on sale in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions.



[ONE year ago] The new list of Scientology donors is out early this year — and the biggest whale is missing!
[TWO years ago] Amy Scobee: ‘Even on her deathbed, my mom was fighting Scientology and disconnection’
[THREE years ago] Where it all began for us: Rick Ross, David Koresh, and the Church of Scientology
[FOUR years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: An oily and super powered edition of our weekly feature!
[FIVE years ago] Scientology Celebrates its Legal Defense Slush Fund, and What a Party!
[SIX years ago] Miscavige Gets His Wish: Marty Rathbun Pulling Up Stakes?


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,284 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,917 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,397 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 460 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 348 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,655 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,523 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,297 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,071 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,417 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,983 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 6,903 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,070 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,651 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,911 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,951 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,663 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,189 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,278 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,418 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,738 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,594 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,713 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,069 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,371 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,477 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,880 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,751 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,334 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,839 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,083 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,192 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on November 30, 2018 at 14:30

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2017 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2017), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

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