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Danny Masterson’s attorneys back in court in rape case today while he’s in Wyoming

[UPDATE: Masterson’s demurrer was overruled by Judge Eleanor J. Hunter, and arraignment has now been set for Nov. 2]

Danny Masterson’s attorneys will be in a Los Angeles criminal court this morning for his arraignment on rape charges, which was delayed last month.

If you remember the video of that previous court hearing, Masterson delayed entering a plea by filing a “demurrer,” a legalistic rejection of criminal charges. In the demurrer, his attorneys Tom Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum argue that the three counts of forcible rape which he’s been charged with took place too long ago — 2001 to 2003 — to be within the statue of limitations, and so the case should be dropped.

But Assistant District Attorney Reinhold Mueller responded that the three cases are being charged under California’s “One Strike Law,” which is why Masterson is facing a possible sentence of 45 to life. And because the penalty is potentially a life sentence, by law the DA’s office can charge Masterson at any time, no matter how many years have passed.


Judge Miguel Espinoza is scheduled to rule on the demurrer this morning, and Mesereau indicated at the last hearing that if Espinoza overrules the demurrer, then Masterson will enter a not guilty plea.

Also at that previous appearance Masterson waived his right to be present for this hearing and we don’t expect him to be in court today.

In fact, yesterday at his Instagram account Masterson posted a photo of himself and his daughter from Wyoming, captioning it, “The #grandtetons do not suck.”

Scientologists Kate Ceberano and Denice Duff responded with expressions of approval. And Masterson also received this endorsement from actress Taryn Manning, who played “Pennsatucky” on the series Orange is the New Black


As far as we know, Manning is not a Scientologist.

The court hearing is scheduled for 8:30 am Los Angeles time, and we hope to get reports from an observer in the courtroom.

[UPDATE: Jeffrey Augustine was in the courtroom for us this morning, and he watched as Judge Eleanor J. Hunter overruled Masterson’s demurrer. Arraignment has now been set for November 2, but once again Masterson himself will not have to be in the courtroom to enter his not guilty plea.]


Bonus items from our tipsters

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SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks, the series axed by Seven News

In July the Australian Seven News network cancelled at the last minute a ten-part nightly news in-depth investigation of the Church of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks operations. All ten episodes have now been leaked to the Internet, and we’ve collected all ten links in one place. Judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.



After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.



Source Code

“The Eighth Dynamic is really infinity stood upright. And it simply means infinity. Now, you can come along and say, ‘Well, you also mean the Supreme Being?’ No, we don’t particularly mean the Supreme Being. How do we know that you aren’t, collectively, the Supreme Being. See? That’s probably much more closer to truth. There are gods around of various kinds. There are some wind gods over in India; there are various savage gods of one kind or another. But if you give them a good quizzing you find out that they’re just a thetan and they behave most remarkably like you would if you hadn’t thought that you ought to lay aside all the power you had, too.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 19, 1954


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Scientology is a religion that the government has been trying to ban for ages because it creates independent thinkers. Kinda like Joe Rogan’s podcast, it wakes people up to mainstream media lies.”


Past is Prologue

1998: Reuters and the Associated Press reported that key documents have disappeared from French government offices in Scientology-related matters. “A French lawyer pressing fraud charges against the Church of Scientology said on Wednesday that important documents in the case had gone missing and appealed to the Justice Ministry to find out what had happened to them. Olivier Morice, representing plaintiffs who charge that Scientologists illegally posed as doctors, said 1-1/2 volumes were missing from the 10-volume mass of evidence.”


Random Howdy

“A day without Kirstie is like a day without donuts.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Demurrer filed by Masterson, arraignment delayed to November 2.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for October 29 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

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.’ Petition for a writ of mandate filed with Cal 2nd Appellate District, Sept 10.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Oct 26 (motions to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Oct 19: Feshbachs still considering further appellate relief.
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.

Concluded litigation:
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
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.


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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[TWO years ago] Richest Scientologist in the world is one of the donors behind offensive Arkansas radio ad
[THREE years ago] Raid in Hungary: Scientology’s Cold War tactics are colliding with 21st Century data privacy
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s biggest lie: That it will teach you to take control of your own life
[FIVE years ago] Would you buy a used car from this man? Scientology and refunds — a primer
[SIX years ago] Marty Rathbun on being ambushed at LAX by raving Scientologists: ‘It was insane’
[EIGHT years ago] When L. Ron Hubbard Rocked the World: The OT 8 Release!
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s “Disconnection:” Lori Hodgson, Ex-Church Member, Kept from Scientologist Son After Serious Wreck
[TWELVE years ago] Tom Cruise and Oprah at Katie’s Play: A Review


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 2,094 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,598 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,118 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,138 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,029 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,336 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,204 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,978 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,782 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,098 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,664 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,583 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,751 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,332 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,593 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,631 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,344 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,869 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,399 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,959 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,099 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,419 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,274 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,393 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,749 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,052 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,158 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,560 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,432 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,015 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,510 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,764 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,873 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 19, 2020 at 07:00

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