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Danny Masterson is served rape lawsuit in papers delivered to his wife Bijou Phillips

[Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips]

Acknowledging that their previous attempt to serve notice of a lawsuit to Scientologist actor Danny Masterson was flawed, attorneys for four women alleging that Masterson violently raped them got it right this time, dropping off the papers at Masterson’s own home in Santa Ynez, California.

And according to court documents, those papers were handed to Masterson’s wife, actress Bijou Phillips.


Chrissie Carnell Bixler, Bobette Riales, and two unnamed women allege that they were violently raped by Masterson in incidents between 2001 and 2004. Three of the women, all former Scientologists, came forward to the Los Angeles Police Department in 2016 and were joined in 2017 by Riales, who was not a Scientologist. That investigation is ongoing and now involves the allegations of six different women, but Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has not announced whether she has decided to file criminal charges.

Not waiting for that decision, Carnell Bixler, Riales, and the two unnamed women filed a civil lawsuit against Masterson this summer, and the suit also names the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige as defendants. The suit alleges that after the women came forward to law enforcement they were subjected to harassment by the church under Miscavige’s direction. (Carnell Bixler’s husband, rocker Cedric Bixler Zavala, is also a plaintiff, based on that recent harassment.)


But when a process server initially tried to serve Masterson to notify him that he was being sued, papers were dropped off at a Scientology headquarters at 6331 Hollywood Boulevard. We pointed out that Masterson neither lived or worked at that building, and we wondered if the service would be considered improper by the court.

Carnell Bixler’s attorneys apparently agreed, and had the process server company (cleverly named “Are You Being Served?”) try again, this time with the address of Masterson’s home in Santa Ynez, which is in Santa Barbara County.

After several attempts to gain access to the home, which is behind a security gate, on November 19 the process server was successful, handing the documents to Bijou.

Bijou, of course, is the daughter of musician John Phillips. She met Masterson in 2004 and they married in 2011. Like her husband, she is also a Scientologist. They have a 5-year-old daughter.

As far as we know, Bijou hasn’t made any public statements about the lawsuit or about the Los Angeles Police Department investigation into the rape allegations.

Masterson will now be required to respond in writing to the court. His fellow defendants — David Miscavige and Scientology entities the Church of Scientology International, the Religious Technology Center, and the Hollywood Celebrity Center — are trying to quash service of the lawsuit, calling it “fraudulent,” and have asked the court for sanctions.

We’ll be interested to see if Masterson tries something similar. With court papers being handed to his wife, he may have to adopt a different strategy.


Guy White talks to Jeffrey Augustine, Part Two

Guy White, ex-husband to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s daughter Suzette and father to their three children, decided to go public recently with his life in and out of Scientology, and in a big way. He got a big Daily Mail piece, and within hours we published our own interview with him. And now, he’s done his first podcast, with our man Jeffrey Augustine. Go here for part one.




Leaked document of the day

From the FBI documents release comes this item.

Here’s the FBI in October 1987 making note that Scientology had purchased the passenger ship ‘Boheme’ in order to renovate it and turn it into the ‘Freewinds.’


Church of Scientology; Information Concerning; [redacted] General Criminal Matters.

[Redacted], advised [redacted] that a section of captioned church had recently purchased a cruise ship which arrived at the port of Willemstad (capital of Curacao) on September 11, 1986. The ship was under Panamanian registry and bore the name “Boheme.” It was brought to Curacao ostensibly for repairs and subsequently sold to the church.

The ship now sales under the name “Freewind,” and uses Willemstad as home base, for cruises in the Caribbean. The cruises are organized by captioned church’s travel office, “Majestic Cruise Services,” also based in Willemstad.

[Redacted] is requesting any information available concerning the “Scientology Church” which [redacted] describes as having been founded in 1954 by the science fiction writer, Lafayette “Ron” Hubbard. The inquiry stems from a recent application for permission to establish a church administrative office in Curacao.


Legat, Bolivia is well aware of the voluminous matrials available regarding captioned subject in FBI indices. It is suggested that a synopsis of the church’s founding, philosophy, methods of world-wide proselytizing, and criminal involvement be furnishe to Bogota in a format suitable for dissemination [redacted.

Correction, page one, last paragraph, first line — change “the ship now sales” to the ship now sails. Thx.


Source Code

“It’s very simple to take a thetan and knock him into a state of somnolence and make him believe he is someplace else and then actually operate with him at that new place. You could, for instance, take a, go down the street here and find a lady of easy virtue and put her into a super trance and then tell her very convincingly while she’s in this super trance that you’re going to take care of her body, but you simply want her to go down and uh, be Mrs. Eisenhower. The darndest things would happen to Mrs. Eisenhower. This is one of the oldest political gimmicks in this universe. This is so old and so worn out as a political gimmick that nearly everybody has done it and he is now guilty of an overt act every time he thinks of it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 4, 1952


Overheard in the FreeZone

“While most of history’s philosophers were blinded by deductive logic, Ron stuck out his neck and proved that intuition can be right, and millions of success stories back him up. If Dianetics and Scientology didn’t work they would never have got off the ground to start with. Religions and atheism offer only aphorisms, mundane morality, and megatons of pomposity. ‘Do unto others…’ is about the best the world has come up with – but no actual tech….The suicide rate in the UK is at an all-time high. Marriages don’t last, and social ills just get worse and worse: the dire economy, terrorism, drug, alcohol abuse and crime won’t go away, on and on and on. But wait, there is a solution! ‘a tiny group of data’ has come to the rescue!”


Random Howdy

“David Miscavige is the Sarah Winchester of cult leaders. He just keeps building and building, trying to keep the ghosts of his and Hubbard’s victims at bay.”


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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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] Scientology is known for its use of spies — and tonight, you’ll hear from one
[TWO years ago] Yes, L. Ron Hubbard wrote even more about children and sex, and we need to talk about it
[THREE years ago] A new technology shows promise for treating depression, so Scientology wants to kill it
[FOUR years ago] How Scientology ‘caretakers’ could stand by and watch Lisa McPherson deteriorate
[FIVE years ago] ‘Chicago Fire’ actor Christian Stolte sets off an alarm about Scientology and the actors’ union
[SIX years ago] TEXAS SHOWDOWN: Can Monique Rathbun Get an Order to Depose Scientology Leader David Miscavige?
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Cruise Ship as Hellhole: The Ramana Dienes-Browning Story


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,648 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,777 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,281 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,801 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 821 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 712 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,019 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,887 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,661 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,435 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,781 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,347 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,266 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,434 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,015 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,276 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,314 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,027 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,553 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,079 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,642 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,782 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,102 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,958 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,077 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,432 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,735 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,841 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,243 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,115 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,698 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,193 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,447 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,556 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 4, 2019 at 07:00

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