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VIDEO: Danny Masterson accusers face down Scientology ploy at Denim Day rally

[Chrissie Carnell and Cedric Bixler Zavala with a mostly concealed additional Masterson victim]

Yesterday, we told you we were anticipating that Mike Rinder’s estranged daughter Taryn Teutsch might repeat her ploy from last year and attempt to co-opt the message of the Denim Day rally in Los Angeles for Scientology’s disingenuous smear campaign against her father.

It turned out we were right about that, and Teutsch did get herself into the crowd behind Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during the rally for photographs.

As we explained yesterday, Taryn’s ploy at the Denim Day rally is a sham. In a 2010 incident in Florida, Rinder was ambushed by his ex-wife Cathy Bernardini, Taryn, and several others, and in the confusing scrum that ensued Bernardini’s arm was scraped in what police determined was “incidental contact.” But Scientology has produced an endless stream of videos, tweets, and websites featuring Bernardini and Teutsch claiming that Rinder is an “abuser.” It’s quite obvious that the campaign is really about Scientology’s unhappiness with Rinder’s work as Leah Remini’s costar on the A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath, which recently finished its third season.

Denim Day is designed to show support for survivors of sexual assault, but Scientology sees it as an opportunity to pretend that Teutsch is a victim with a message — that A&E should fire Mike Rinder over the 2010 Florida incident. Last year, she showed up with large banners and signs and made sure to get a handshake with Mayor Garcetti.



This year, she had been told to leave the signs and banners at home by organizers, who had been educated about her real motives. But they didn’t stop her from getting into the photos behind the mayor when there was a call for survivors of rape to come up.

But then, Taryn faced a fascinating showdown with two of Scientologist actor Danny Masterson’s accusers who went there to mark two years since their case was delivered from the LAPD to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, which has still not made an announcement on charges.

Chrissie Carnell and her husband, rocker Cedric Bixler Zavala, went to the rally with another of the four women who came forward more than two years ago to allege that they had been violently raped by Masterson.

Carnell tells us that she wanted to talk with Teutsch and her mother Cathy Bernardini, because she didn’t understand why they were attending a rally designed to show support for survivors of sexual assault.

She had her phone filming as Taryn responded to that question and others. The quality of the picture is not good, but the audio is pretty clear. We’ve posted the full seven minute video for you to look at, beginning with Taryn being asked, “So are you here to support us, or are you here to intimidate us?”


Taryn was there with a film crew from Gold Base. In the picture you can see behind her Chris Maifield, a Sea Org worker from the base who has long been involved in making Scientology’s videos.


[Chris Maifield]

You also see, on Taryn’s left, another Gold Base video veteran, Maureen Labordique, who speaks up about Mike Rinder’s support for director and ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis.


“I was really scared. I was shaking at first,” Chrissie tells us about the encounter. “I just wanted to try to appeal to any shred of humanity in these people, but then I realized I don’t think they have any.”


[Taryn Teutsch]

Taryn said she was at the rally because her father was “abusive” to her mother, and to her, and as an example said that he had called her “chubby.”

“Danny called me fat every day,” Chrissie responded.


[Taryn, her mother Cathy Bernardini, and Maureen Labordique]

“This rally was about rape survivors,” Chrissie tells us, explaining why it was so inappropriate for Scientology to send a film crew from Gold Base to try to turn Denim Day into a referendum on Rinder.

But Chrissie says that the other Masterson accuser had arrived earlier with fliers explaining who Taryn was and about her real purpose for being there. Chrissie credits it with educating the rally organizers. Near the end of the video, you see one of the organizers arrive to try and cool things off.

“You need to take this somewhere else,” the Peace Over Violence woman said, and the Scientology crew left as Carnell, Bixler Zavala, and the other Masterson accuser stayed at the rally for about another hour.



HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22. Note: You need to ask for the “family reunion” special rate.



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

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. 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!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Former Scientology mouthpiece Tommy Davis has a new look and a new friend in his life
[TWO years ago] Someone forgot to notify the Dept. of Defense that Scientology is the world’s coolest religion
[THREE years ago] One of the best examples ever that Scientology can only be understood from ex-Scientologists
[FOUR years ago] Jon Atack announces a five-day Toronto conference on Scientology to take place in June
[FIVE years ago] Video Vault: The universe is yours to duplicate, Mr. Hubbard!
[SIX years ago] FED COURT DENIES SCIENTOLOGY REQUEST: Decision on Religious Arbitration Coming Soon?
[ELEVEN years ago] Nightline Swings at Scientology, Misses


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,427 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,556 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,060 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,540 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 603 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 491 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,798 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,666 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,440 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,214 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,560 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,126 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,046 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,213 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,794 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,055 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,094 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,806 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,332 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,421 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,561 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,881 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,737 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,856 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,212 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,514 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,620 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,022 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,894 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,477 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,972 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,226 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,335 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 25, 2019 at 07:00

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