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Civil case on ice (for now), and will Danny Masterson show for next criminal hearing?

[We may get a repeat of this performance in a couple of weeks]

There was a court hearing yesterday in the Danny Masterson civil lawsuit that we had a chance to listen in on, and we have some other updates to the litigation that we’ve been watching here at the Underground Bunker.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield conducted the hearing, which originally had been intended to deal with the issue of Bobette Riales and whether to put her part of the lawsuit against Masterson and Scientology on hold.

If you recall, the other plaintiffs suing the That ’70s Show actor had their part of the lawsuit derailed when Judge Kleifield granted motions by Scientology to deny their right to trial and force them into Scientology’s internal brand of “religious arbitration.”

However, Riales was never a Scientologist, and so the judge had asked both sides to submit statements about whether Bobette should be able to proceed without her fellow plaintiffs, or wait until they get the arbitration thing sorted out. (For some reason, the statement filed by attorneys for the plaintiffs was four days late, but Kleifield said nothing about it during yesterday’s hearing.)

Adding even more complexity to the situation was that Chrissie Carnell-Bixler, her husband Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and two women going by Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 have now filed a petition to the California 2nd Appellate Division, hoping to get a reversal of Kleifield’s ruling that derailed their case. The appeals court hasn’t ruled on the petition, but it did issue a stay, halting Scientology from going through with any arbitrations in the matter.


If the judge was put out about his ruling being appealed by Chrissie’s attorneys, Kleifield didn’t let on. But he did say that since there was no way to know what the appellate court is going to do, he proposed simply putting off yesterday’s hearing until June 7. The parties readily agreed.

Meanwhile, attorney William Forman said during the hearing that Scientology filed an opposition to the appellate petition on Friday, and we’re working to get you a copy of it as soon as possible. Scientology’s oppositions tend to be rather entertaining, in a screechy kind of way.

Also, on the criminal side, we got our hands on a transcript of Masterson’s January 20 arraignment that took place before Judge Charlaine Olmedo, and that we had not been able to listen in on at the time for technical issues.

We didn’t learn much from it other than that Masterson’s attorneys continue to press for the release of information from the prosecution, and that the prosecution will be using the next hearing on March 24 to try and get Masterson to turn over his passport as a condition of his release while awaiting trial.

Masterson himself did not attend the January 20 arraignment, but will he have to show up on March 24?

At an earlier hearing, on January 6, the Superior Court’s presiding judge ordered that defense attorney Tom Mesereau bring his client to court at the first hearing after arraignment. But at the January 20 hearing, Olmedo talked about accepting a 977 waiver that would allow Masterson to stay at home. So we’re not sure yet whether he’ll be there or not while his attorneys deal with prosecutors trying to get his passport on March 24. We’ll try to get some clarification about that as soon as we can.


In other news, we talked to Marc Headley last night about yesterday’s rare footage of a 2001 mission opening in San Francisco, and he gave us some more background about the event to consider.

He reminded us that not only did David Miscavige issue a “wake up call” to Scientology on the day of the September 11 attacks, but that actor Tom Cruise had delivered his own tough-guy message to Scientology’s celebrities, brow-beating them about answering Dave’s call.

So after making those appeals to members and celebrities alike, the first opportunity for those celebrities to show that they were on board was the September 29, 2001 mission opening in San Francisco, and so that’s why so many of them had flocked there.

“That’s the reason Cruise went to that event. He wouldn’t go to a stupid little mission opening otherwise,” Marc said with a laugh. “Cruise gave those celebs a wake-up call.”

He was also impressed to see that Shelly Miscavige had been caught on video at all, even if it was just for a few moments.


“That’s some rare shit right there,” he said. “It’s like seeing the Titanic while it was still floating. This was before they sank her ass.”

Oh, that Marc Headley.


Leah Remini podcast: Sarah Edmondson

Says Mike: “This week, Leah and I talk with Sarah Edmondson, featured in The Vow, author of Scarred and host (with her husband Anthony “Nippy” Ames) of a new podcast, A Little Bit Culty. We talked about the similarities between Nxivm and Scientology, the systems of control and even the language are remarkably similar, so much so that there is little doubt in my mind that Keith Raniere studied Hubbard.” Listen to the podcast here…


Source Code

“I blew up a whole writing class one time. It’s a wonder they all didn’t leave school. Actually, they relegated it to sort of getting the professor to reprimand me. It was the short story class of Harvard — excuse me, ‘Hah-varrd.’ They made the mistake of having a series of lectures from successful writers. And each one of these gave them a short series of lectures. And all of these people were in a class called Creative Writing. And they were very nicely dressed children. And so my lectures were very well received, and so forth, right up to a point….Because what I told the class that caused them to completely blow up was, I said, ‘Well,’ I said, ‘when you’ve written a few hundred thousand words, why, then you’ve got a style. And it’s taken me about I think, about a hundred thousand words before I had any inkling of any kind of a style.’ And I suddenly noticed, I looked around, I had a class in front of me that was in a state of shock!…It had never occurred to those damned fools or that professor that writers write! And this had nothing whatsoever to do with their education. I know that’s an unbelievable experience. It left me in a state of shock. ‘Well, Hubbard’s an awful bad fellow.’ Never forgave me. I was probably used as a horrible example in that school for years.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 9, 1965


Avast, Ye Mateys


“AOUK is the highest GI since September 1969! The International GI is the highest since 5 May 1969! Yet several orgs GIs were missing on it due to telex delays! So the FB and production of FAO are showing up where it counts. This is the direct result of renewed Flag industriousness, the teams we are sending out and the on the ground hard work of willing staffs. All have a part in producing such wins, storesmen, engineers, the whole crew.” — The Commodore, March 9, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There are suppressive people in our groups and we are reasonable with them. We allow them to third party good auditors, we allow them to pervert the tech. We allow too much and thus, like a cancer, it spreads, and it taints the very hard work we do to make things go right for us and for the rest of us. Consider that your average SP is dangerous enough. Now, you add Scientology into the mix and you have a much more powerful monster. We have monsters among us. I’m sorry if that’s too critical, too bitchy, too reactive for you to have. We have monsters posing as friends, 1.1ing us all the way until our eventual demise. Confronting evil is necessary. In my opinion it is one of, if not the most ethical thing(s) to do.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Tilman Hausherr posted new prices for Scientology processing and courses, from the January 1996 issue of The Auditor. “Student Hat $680; Method 1 co-audit course $680; Hubbard Key To Life course $5,200; Hubbard Life Orientation course $2,100; Hubbard New Professional TRs course $600; Hubbard Professional Upper Indoc TRs course $1,800; Solo Auditor Course Part One $2,400; PTS/SP course $800; OEC, per volume (there are seven!) $3,120; Hubbard Elementary Data Series Evaluator’s course $2,560; Saint Hill Special Briefing course SHSBC, individual level (there are 16!) $1,200; SHSBC (all level paid for at one time) $14,400; Case Cracking 12 1/2 hour intensive $3,760; New Era Dianetics 12 1/2 hour intensive $3,760; Expanded Dianetics 12 1/2 hours intensive $5,600; Clear Certainty Rundown 5 hour intensive $1,880; Sunshine Rundown – free with CCRD; Power (Grade 5) & Power Plus (Grade VA) 25 hour intensive $10,000; OT preparations 12 1/2 intensive $3,760; OT Eligibility 12 1/2 intensive $3,760; The Expansion of Havingness Lectures $240”


Random Howdy

“Hey, a free trip to America and free rice and beans probably sounds pretty good to a fairly large segment of the world’s population.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson arraigned Jan 20. Next conf to set prelim, March 24.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing delayed to April 13.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Charged in Brooklyn federal court on Feb 4. Arraigned on Feb 9. Pretrial conference set for Apr 29.

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 writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 30, Judge Kleifield granted Scientology’s motions to compel arbitration. June 7: Status conference.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 24.

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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and 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.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology attempts to clean up its balloon mess by clearing beach of syringes
[TWO years ago] William Burroughs at Scientology’s ‘Saint Hill Manor’ in 1968, before his discontent
[THREE years ago] Scientologists bombarded to attend Hubbard birthday events, and this is our favorite flier
[FOUR years ago] As Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ hits U.S., troubling news of co-star Marty Rathbun
[FIVE years ago] Scientology ‘disconnection’ billboard to be a block from David Miscavige’s office & residence
[SIX years ago] Scientology documentary ‘Going Clear’ participants getting harassed, threatened
[SEVEN years ago] Video Vault: When Scientology basked in the success of giant cucumbers
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Mythbusting with Jon Atack: Xenu the Galactic Overlord, Part 1!
[NINE years ago] Scientology: Told to Chill in Texas, and Another Embarrassing Admission in Israel


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 2,235 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,739 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,259 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,279 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,170 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,477 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,345 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,119 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,923 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,239 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,805 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,724 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,892 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,473 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,734 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,772 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,485 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,010 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 365 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,540 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,091 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,240 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,560 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,415 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,534 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,890 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,193 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,299 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,701 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,573 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,156 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,651 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,905 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,014 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 9, 2021 at 07:00

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