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Valerie Haney drops ‘Jane Doe’ label in brutal amended complaint against Scientology

[Valerie Haney on Aftermath]

[NOTE: Don’t miss last night’s bonus coverage of Leah Remini and Mike Rinder UNLOADING on Scientology over its Fair Game tactics.]

When the Brian Kent-Marci Hamilton legal team filed the first of its lawsuits against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige on June 18, we said that although the plaintiff was listed as “Jane Doe,” we could not ignore that it was plainly in reference to Valerie Haney, Miscavige’s former steward and Leah Remini’s current assistant.

Valerie was the focus of the premiere episode of Leah’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath as it began its third and final season last year, and there was plenty in the original complaint to identify her.

And now, Valerie has made it official that she’s the plaintiff, dropping the “Jane Doe” label in an amended complaint her attorneys filed yesterday at Los Angeles Superior Court which alleges a host of causes of action: Intentional misrepresentation, concealment, false promise, false imprisonment, kidnapping, stalking, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and labor violations.

We have the complete document for you below, and we want your thoughts not only about the allegations she makes but also how this might translate into litigation — including the possibilities that David Miscavige and his wife Shelly might be forced to sit for depositions, and how the church might fight back.


Some quotes from the lawsuit…

Plaintiff, Valerie Haney, was born into Scientology in 1979 to Scientologist parents. From approximately 1985 until 1991, from ages 5 through 12, Ms. Haney lived at the Defendants’ Spiritual Headquarters, or “Flag Base,” located in Clearwater, Florida.

At approximately 10 years old, Ms. Haney was also subjected to “bullbaiting.” Bullbaiting is a technique during which members, including children, are trained not to react to harassment…Adults typically would say vulgar and sexually explicit things to children and punish them if they showed any visible reaction. Specifically, Plaintiff was forced, at the age of 10 years old, to sit in a chair while adults screamed offensive things in her face such as, “I am going to fuck you and then your mother,” and “You are going to suck my dick.” If Plaintiff reacted in any way to these offensive and outrageous statements, and there were many others, the entire process of “bullbaiting” would start all over again.

Ms. Haney worked in close proximity to Defendant Miscavige on a daily basis for years, learning information about his private life and marriage, and becoming close with his wife, Shelly Miscavige. As a result of this, Plaintiff was put in the category of individuals who were “restricted to the Base,” which meant she was more and more restricted from leaving the Gold Base.

Approximately six months after being confined to the Gold Base, while performing hard labor, Ms. Haney witnessed a dark-colored tinted vehicle pull up to the main berthing buildings. Thereafter, Plaintiff saw Shelly Miscavige, who was crying and visibly distraught, being escorted out of the building and put into a car. Shelly Miscavige has never been seen or heard from again.

In or about November 2016, Ms. Haney learned that filming would be moved off Gold Base to a location where she would not have access to these non-Scientologists, meaning she would also lose access to the actors and her “life-line” to the outside world. She decided to make an escape attempt and hid in the trunk of an actor’s car to leave Gold Base. She was then able to reunite with her father.

At the age of 38, Ms. Haney returned to “route out” in an effort to not lose all connection with her family. Instead of doing what was agreed upon, Defendants, by and through their agents, proceeded to treat Ms. Haney like a prisoner. She was forced to do everything with the accompaniment of a “handler,” including using the bathroom, showering, and sleeping, She was made to do videotaped interrogations in which she was forced to make false confessions and provide false positive testimonials about her experiences within Scientology. On several occasions Defendants would have someone armed with a firearm present in the room to force her to make these false confessions and testimonials.

In November 2018, Ms. Haney was featured in an episode of the “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” series (the “Aftermath”), a show created and produced by former Scientologist Leah Remini. The episode discussed Plaintiff’s life in Scientology and the Sea Org and her ultimate escape. In response to the Aftermath series, CSI copyrighted and published a hate website against Ms. Haney, Ms. Remini, and anyone else who was featured on the show…The website features untruthful and damaging blog posts, articles, and videos dedicated to attacking Ms. Haney’s personal and professional reputation, with complete and utter disregard for the truth.

Here’s the document itself. We look forward to your observations about it…

Valerie Haney v. Scientolog… by Tony Ortega on Scribd

Also, in more technical matters, attorneys in Valerie’s team who are from other parts of the country have applied to be admitted in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Here’s her entire legal squad:



Brian D. Kent
Marci Hamilton
Gaetano D’Andrea
M. Stewart Ryan
Helen L. Fitzpatrick
Laren Stram
Jeffrey P. Fritz

Burlingame, California:

Robert W. Thompson
Kristen A. Vierhaus


Ricardo M. Martinez-Cid
Lea P. Bucciero


Now, if eleven attorneys seems like a lot, cast your mind back to 2013, when Scientology showed up with twenty attorneys for hearings in a simple harassment lawsuit in New Braunfels, Texas.

This is what it looked like when just some of them got together for a conference in that small courtroom…


Imagine how much fun it’s going to be when all of Valerie’s attorneys, and all of Scientology’s hired guns all cram into one Los Angeles courtroom for a hearing. We can hardly wait.


Bonus items from our tipsters

Meanwhile, in Canada…



Source Code

“We could bring people in off the streets and have them walk down the hall and stop in Office 1 where a little sign says, ‘Glasses removed here.’ We wouldn’t have any couches or anything cluttering the place up like that, and we could just walk them around the hall and at each station there would be another auditor and he would just ask standard questions. The people coming in would walk all the way around and then out on the street again. Of course, they would stop at the desk before they went out and write out a check for the equivalent amount of medical treatment, which would come to $8,687,962.05! There is some slight possibility that we may be at that stage. I don’t want to over evaluate anything, however.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 1, 1951


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The 8Ds work only here and only for theta/mind but not the different beings and from different universes. I should leave it here since only a handful of people understand the difference, which is massive, between the two consciousnesses. In the Matrix all spiritual beings are lumped under theta. That’s what mankind is supposed to believe and nothing could be further from the truth.”


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

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

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?



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,584 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,713 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,217 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,737 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 757 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 648 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,955 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,823 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,597 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,371 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,717 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,283 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,202 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,370 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,951 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,212 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,251 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,963 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,489 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,015 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,578 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,718 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,038 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,894 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,013 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,368 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,671 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,777 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,179 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,051 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,634 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,129 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,383 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,492 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 1, 2019 at 07:00

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