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Leah Remini wins second ‘Aftermath’ Emmy, for episode about Danny Masterson

Leah Remini just took home her second Emmy award for her three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ this time for the special episode that ended the series last year.

What makes this award especially interesting is that it recognizes an episode that featured two of Danny Masterson’s rape accusers, Chrissie Carnell Bixler and Bobette Riales, who are now suing Masterson and the Church of Scientology for harassment they say they’ve experienced since they came forward to the LAPD in 2016.

Awarded tonight in the Creative Arts portion of the Emmys which go out a week ahead of the prime time show, Leah had 30 seconds to say something, and Deadline reported that she said, “On behalf of my co-EP Mike Rinder, IPC, Amy, our brave contributors, we thank you the voting academy for honoring us with a second Emmy,” she said. “It is especially touching to receive it in our final season. It’s been a painful but meaningful ride.”

Our readers know what a struggle it was for Leah to get that Masterson episode shown. Earlier she had filmed interviews with the women for the second season but had to shelve it when prosecutors asked her to hold off. She also had to deal with the lawyers at A&E who were naturally nervous about airing allegations against the ‘That ’70s Show’ actor before he had been charged.


But Leah got that material on her final episode, Masterson was charged this June and is facing 45 years to life in prison, and now Leah’s won a second Emmy.

What a night for Leah and Mike.

UPDATE: And here’s video of the moment…


Source Code

“All right now, let’s look at an engram. An engram isn’t very serious if somebody walks up and steps on your toes and says, ‘You skunk.’ That’s not very serious because there’s not very much chaos there into which to put a stable datum. But if this individual walked up to you from behind, slugged you over the head, kicked you in the ribs, wound you up in the hospital, but somewhere in the midst of all of this he said, ‘You’re a skunk,’ you’d probably start to smell like one.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 14, 1955


Overheard in the FreeZone

“At some point (as soon as possible) we need a central organization as Ron envisioned it. I love all his ethics, tech and admin. The only time I saw it not work was when it was misapplied or abused. I completely see Scientology as the solution to this planet and it won’t happen without a large central organization. Period. We just have to get better at the 3D.”



Random Howdy

“A question that has crossed my mind in the past is, if someone cynically creates a religion/spiritual movement for their own personal gain, but its followers truly believe in it, does one negate the other?”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for October 5 in White Plains, NY. Jeffrey’s is set for October 24.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29, bond raised to $350,000 on Aug 27. Prosecutors appealed denial of their motion to have bond revoked, response from defense due Sept 11, response by prosecutors on Sept 14.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Motion for reconsideration denied on August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 29 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, awaiting verdict.


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?



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[THREE years ago] Is Ohio’s newest legislator a Scientologist? ‘I had him on the cans,’ says our man in Cincy
[FOUR years ago] DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s secret base where David Miscavige keeps wife out of sight
[FIVE years ago] Another rare Scientology video leaks, and this time we see its long vanished president
[SIX years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Smile while you write that check, pardner!
[SEVEN years ago] THE TEXAS POST-GAME REPORT: Scientology, Monique Rathbun, and Judge Dib Waldrip
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Watchers: A Message from Tony Ortega
[NINE years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 8: Mike Rinder


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 2,060 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,564 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,084 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,104 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 995 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,302 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,170 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,944 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,748 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,064 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,630 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,549 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,717 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,298 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,559 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,597 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,310 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,835 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,365 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,925 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,065 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,385 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,240 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,359 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,715 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,018 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,124 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,526 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,398 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,981 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,476 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,730 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,839 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 14, 2020 at 21:20

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