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[David Miscavige]

The Underground Bunker has learned that on Friday, a day after she learned the Clearwater Police Department was closing a criminal investigation of her allegations against the Church of Scientology, the woman going by the name Jane Doe instructed her attorneys to drop her lawsuit that was based on the same allegations against the church and its leader David Miscavige.

Late on Thursday evening, we heard from Doe, who told us that she had spent an emotional five and a half hours at the police station, trying to cope with the news that the investigation was being closed. Two years earlier she had come forward, alleging that as a young child she had been sexually molested while a student at Scientology’s Clearwater Academy kindergarten, and then had also been sexually abused as a child worker for the church in Venezuela and Clearwater.

But after two years, she says the police told her they had faced an onslaught of affidavits and denials from Scientology, and although they were sympathetic to her, they were closing the case without recommending charges.

“The police told me that they interviewed about 15 people, all Scientologists, all accompanied by a church lawyer, and all had the same story,” she told us Thursday night. “The police are on my side but there’s just nothing they can do. They’re closing my case regarding the sexual abuse at Clearwater Academy.”

Doe told us that she was barely holding things together and was having suicidal thoughts.


“It was an extremely hard five and a half hours. I had to listen to them read what the interviewed people had to say about me. One of them being my mom, who had really nasty things to say about me,” she said. “I had a panic attack and cried for about two hours, just sobbing, hard to breathe kind of sobs. They wanted to take me to the ER.”

She told us that she was dreading the church making the documents in the investigation public once the police had officially closed the case.

“As soon as those records are public the church is gonna just slander me and paint a huge picture of how ‘I made it all up’ and look, the police even closed the case! It’s the perfect victory for them,” she said. “I feel defeated and bruised. Confused. Angry. Sad. Scared. I’m in a really bad place right now.”

We checked in with her a few times in the ensuing days, and then today we noticed that there was an “Order of Dismissal” in the docket of her lawsuit against the church.

When we asked her about it, she said that after her experience at the police station, she asked her attorneys to drop the lawsuit.

“I found out that people made videos for the church slandering me. And I want nothing to do with it,” she says. “So I’m dropping it. I don’t want to be slandered and I don’t want the world to know my secrets. I’m emotionally exhausted and weak. Sorry to disappoint you and everybody else but there’s no point in this anymore.”

Jane Doe’s lawsuit filed last September was the third of three big suits from a prestigious national legal team that announced publicly it was taking its experience for suing the Catholic Church and was coordinating a frontal assault on Miscavige and his church. Many more than just three lawsuits were said to be in the offing.

The first of the lawsuits was filed in Los Angeles on behalf of Leah Remini’s assistant, Valerie Haney. Scientology successfully derailed that lawsuit by forcing Haney into “religious arbitration.” Haney has asked the judge to reconsider.

The second of the lawsuits, also filed in Los Angeles, was on behalf of four women who say they were raped by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson. An amended complaint has been filed in that case and numerous preliminary matters are scheduled to be heard in upcoming court dates, including Scientology’s attempt to force the case into religious arbitration like in the Haney matter.

The third lawsuit was on behalf of Jane Doe in Miami, even though none of the alleged sexual misconduct occurred there. She was suing the church and its leader, Miscavige, for failing to protect her while she was a student at Clearwater Academy and then was victimized as a child worker for the church in its orgs in Venezuela and Clearwater. Scientology had been trying to get the case tossed out over the jurisdictional issue, but now the case is over.

We’ll try to find out if there are legal ramifications for Jane Doe over the way she’s dismissed it. But for right now we’re mostly concerned for her emotional state.


Source Code


“Some time, by the way, when you haven’t anything else to do, read Gibbon’s ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.’ That’s quite a thing. I undertook that some years ago because I was having trouble sleeping. But I decided I would read it from one end of that many-volumed volumes to the other — read the whole thing. And it was quite an interesting exercise. I hope I never get so ambitious as to start reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica from one end to the other. But, I will say, I am running out of reading matter now that Ian Fleming has picked himself up another body. May have to do it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 18, 1965


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The insanity that the modern western culture has forced upon me is vanished (e.g, radical feminist and social liberalism and political correctness). The new area of Scientology has taken it away and made it disappear. I feel great today, I feel human again, I feel new. I have my space again, my bigness is restored. Finally I can travel with confidence again, with personal culture and space. The damage a man can have in the east concerns some ‘radical religious Abrahamic fucked up view point.’ In the Neo west there other fucked up insanity (post moderation). Scientology saved me from both pig-fucked philosophies. This journey started with my auditor Bernie and today after I finished the Hubbard Certified new ERA Scientologist, I become free again.”


Random Howdy

“All the e-meter is capable of is measuring galvanic skin response. It has as much scientific, technical value as X-Ray glasses and Sea Monkeys.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), amended complaint filed
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


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

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

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] Graham Berry does it again: More Scientology financial fraud spelled out in legal demand
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s founder in 1948: Dianetics was ‘unfrigidizing’ women into ‘nymphos’
[THREE years ago] To whet your appetite for season 2, A&E airing 2-hour ‘Leah Remini’ special on Memorial Day
[FOUR years ago] Scientology responds to Garcia accusations; sexy Virginia congressional candidate visits an org
[FIVE years ago] Just two blocks from Scientology’s LA headquarters, Paulette Cooper shone
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology fundraising fliers try desperately to hide the truth
[SEVEN years ago] Jon Atack on the Hypnotic History of Scientology Auditing
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology: Kiwi Reporter Puts Lisa Marie Presley On the Spot; Playboy Blows Tom Cruise
[NINE years ago] Scientology in Israel: All Holy Hell Breaking Loose?


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,941 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,445 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,965 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 985 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 876 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,183 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,051 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,825 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,599 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,945 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,511 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,430 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,598 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,179 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,440 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,478 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,191 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,716 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,246 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,806 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,946 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,266 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,121 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,241 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,596 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,899 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,005 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,407 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,279 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,862 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,357 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,611 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,720 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 18, 2020 at 14:45

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