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Holy Xenu, even we didn’t expect Scientology to be this big in Danny Masterson’s hearing

[Masterson after the ruling, from video by Bunker reader Melissa J. Bratten]

Well, that was some week and we want to thank all of our loyal readers for going through it with us. The comments section has really been a rollicking good time while we were reporting from Los Angeles for the Danny Masterson preliminary hearing.

Yesterday, Judge Charlaine Olmedo ruled that she found all three of Masterson’s victims — Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2, and Christina B. — to be credible, and she bound him over for trial at a later date. He’s facing three counts of forcible rape and if he’s convicted is facing 45 years to life in prison.

He was wearing a mask, like the rest of us, so we didn’t see his expression when she announced the news. But when she asked him later if June 7 worked for him as an arraignment, he gave a hearty “Yes, your honor!”

Judge Olmedo will preside over the trial, and she has already opened the door to Scientology’s policies being a part of it. But now it’s a jury that Deputy DA Reinhold Mueller will have to convince that Masterson raped these three women, and with a much higher standard of proof: Beyond a reasonable doubt.

But that’s in the future. For now, we want to thank our readers for being so supportive this week and for enjoying our coverage of the hearing. We often tell people that we continue to cover Scientology because we enjoy having a front-row seat to a great unfolding story. Well, this week that was literally the case, as we sat in the front row directly behind attorney Tom Mesereau and watched this hearing unfold.

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Scientology turned out to be a huge part of this proceeding, even more than we expected it would be. We thought it might be useful if we pulled out of our previous reports this week those key moments when Scientology came up, for quick reference. Again, we look forward to your observations.

 
Jane Doe 1

Mueller spent some time asking Jane Doe 1 questions to help the judge understand what it was like to be a second generation Scientologist in this position. How strict the hierarchy is and how iron-clad the policies. And then he asked her the consequences if she didn’t follow those policies.

At this point Jane Doe 1 became very emotional and it caught us by surprise. Those consequences, she explained, included being expelled or excommunicated by the church and expelled from your family as you’re labeled a suppressive person.

Mesereau now objects, but the judge fends him off, saying that she had explained, at the beginning of the hearing, that she would allow some limited testimony on these Scientology matters to help understand Jane Doe 1’s state of mind at the time.

Mueller went on. If you were not to follow those policies and you were labeled an SP, what does that mean? “My parents would have to disown me. My friends, everyone I know would view me as an enemy,” she answered.

At this time, she simply didn’t have any friends who weren’t Scientologists, and her parents employed anywhere from between 50 to 200 Scientologists in their work. And Jane Doe 1 had a young daughter who went to a Scientology school. “It would affect my daughter,” she said.

On her trip, after 24 hours, besides the pain she was feeling, bruises started to show up. On her wrists, hips, thighs, and neck. She then told a young cousin of hers, Rachel, that something very terrible had happened to her.

But she still hesitated to call it rape or to contemplate doing something about it.

“I had never known anyone in Scientology who reported a rape,” she said.

But when she got back to Los Angeles, she then did go to her “Master-at-Arms,” a Sea Org member named Julian Swartz.

He closed the door, and she started telling him about her bruises, and that she had been at Masterson’s house…

“If you’re going to say the word ‘rape,’ don’t say it. We don’t say that word here,” she remembers Swartz telling her. He brought her policy books and explained the Suppressive Person policy.

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He had her “demonstrate” it, she said, and I was waiting for Mueller or the judge to ask for an explanation of what that meant, but neither did.

Mueller asked her if she was under orders from Scientology not to report her rape to the LAPD, and she said yes, both verbal and written.

The judge then asked for a clarification: You’re saying that it’s a suppressive act to report a rape? If it’s church member on church member, yes, Jane Doe 1 replied.

In April 2004, Jane Doe 1 wrote a letter to the IJC — the International Justice Chief, Mike Ellis — asking permission from the church to report the incident as a rape without being declared suppressive as a result. The letter was produced and entered into evidence.

She got a reply from Ellis, also in April 2004, and that letter was also entered into evidence. Jane Doe 1 was asked to explain what it said.

“It meant that I could not go to the police, and that Danny was in good standing with them,” she replied.

Mesereau objected, saying she was mischaracterizing the letter, and he was overruled. You can see the letter for yourself: We published it back in December!

We will point out that the import of this letter is not obvious, and Mike Rinder helped us understand the clear message it would have for a Scientologist. We wonder if Mesereau is going to try to make even more of an issue of this later. Anyway, the judge overruled his objection.

He then went into a general description about how lawsuits are about money, and explain to her what damages are. But then she said something really poignant and kind of sad. In 2004, what she was asking for was an apology, that Danny help out on a rape hotline, and that he donate to the Way to Happiness.

That’s a big reminder that Jane Doe 1 in 2003/2004 was still a Scientologist and still thought like one. And again and again this afternoon, that was a key point to remember.

Mesereau asked, so if that’s all you wanted, why did you ask for permission to sue Danny when you wrote to the IJC in April 2004?

He probably shouldn’t have asked that. Her answer: “I knew of other victims, and I wanted to depose him to get those names.” The LAPD had told her he was a celebrity, she was just one girl, and without other victims they couldn’t charge him.

So again, Mesereau is trying to make her out to be a conniving moneygrubber, and what emerges is pretty much the opposite: She was trying to bring a monster to justice.

The issue here, and it takes a long time to come out, is that a typed up copy of Jane Doe 1’s O/Ws had mysteriously showed up, which contained a lot of secret material from her folders. She acknowledged that much of the material had come from things she had told Scientology, but others didn’t sound like her at all, and she had never typed up an OWW. Mesereau tried to impeach her based on things that were in the document, but the judge reminded him that she denied putting it together. Finally, at one point Jane Doe 1 blurted out that a Scientology private investigator had supplied the document to Mesereau’s office.

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We expect to hear more about that when Mueller gets a chance on re-direct. (Seriously, this took up way too much time when it was hard to know if this document was even genuine. Mesereau’s attempts to impeach her based on what was in it felt like a waste of time.)

The most striking point about it was when the judge pointed out that according to Scientology, you were supposed to implicate yourself in an OWW, and so she would judge it based on that. (Very smart, and wow, she is paying such close attention.)

Another really interesting moment: Did you ever describe yourself as promiscuous? Ever, to Scientology? Yes. But your standard of promiscuous and mine are probably not the same.

Again, this was a moment when the context of Scientology is absolutely key.

Mueller than asks Jane Doe 1 about the NDA she signed in 2004. She was 27 or 28 at the time, she explained. This was after the DA declined charges. Was there any involvement of the Church of Scientology in that signing? Yes. How so.

The attorney from the church, Kendrick Moxon, arrived at my parents’ house in July or August 2004, and he came with a handwritten letter from Danny Masterson. Go inside and read it, Moxon told her, then he went to speak with her father. Jane Doe 1 says that Moxon actually described the deal he was proposing to her father as a way to keep your daughter, unlike what had happened to him. (Moxon’s daughter Stacey Moxon committed suicide by throwing herself on an electrical transformer at Scientology’s secretive Gold Base.) Moxon explained that there was a declare order for Jane Doe 1 already typed up and on Julian Swartz’s desk, and if she signed the NDA regarding her allegations about Masterson, they would give her the declare in return for her signature. “We’re going to see how to work out not to lose your daughter,” she says Moxon told her father. And Jane Doe 1 says she was told this was happening because her parents were such good donors to the church, and this was a favor to them.

The judge stops Jane Doe 1 and goes through this to make sure she understands — and it’s clear that she does. Amazing moment.

Jane Doe 1 believes that even though she signed the NDA, she was declared anyway because she had gone to the police.

Mueller now turns to the statement by Jane Doe 1 during cross-examination that she had withheld something from police in 2004. What was that? She explains that she intentionally withheld Scientology’s involvement in the situation because she didn’t want to implicate the church. At that time, in 2004, she was still a Scientologist. “I wanted to stay in touch with my parents.”

She says that she held back names like David Miscavige and the Celebrity Centre in order to keep them out of the case. She thought the church might then go easier on her.

 
Christina B.

She went downstairs and found Danny in his office. What happened last night? I don’t have any memory of it. Did I fall? She indicated that her anus was injured.

He laughed at me. He said he had sex with me there. I asked him if I was unconscious. He said yes. The whole time? Yes.

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“I’m going to report you to the church. He said that was fine.”

The next day she went to the ethics office and talked to her Master-at-Arms, Miranda Skoggins.

I was looking to help him. I wanted him to understand that this was not right. I knew it deep down that it was not right, and I wanted him to get some help.

Did you think the church would help him? I did, I did.

She wanted to write a Knowledge Report or a Things that Should Not Be report. He raped me, she told Miranda. “She said you can’t rape someone you’re in a relationship with. She said not to say the word ‘rape’ again.”

You believed her? Yes. I told her I didn’t have the freedom to say no to him.

Miranda told her not to tell anyone about it. And so did Chris Skoggins, Miranda’s husband who was chaplain at the Celebrity Centre. Miranda showed her the High Crimes policies in Scientology, one of which was reporting a fellow Scientologist to law enforcement. She understood that she would be declared if she did.

Chris Skoggins explained to her that Masterson was doing these things to because she was out-exchange with him.

Judge Olmedo: I’m sorry, what?

Christina B explained the concept of out-exchange to the judge. Danny was putting a roof over her head, and he could have sex with her when he wanted it.

What was the church’s plan for handling this situation? I was to do an ethics program because I did something to deserve what he did to me. Miranda had told her: “You did something to pull it in.”

Did you have a thought about going to law enforcement? No. Why not? One, I was so embarrassed and ashamed. And two, I just wanted to help him and I wanted the church to help him. Also, I knew that if I went to law enforcement the church would ultimately destroy me. The thought of being declared SP “put me in terror.”

In my relationship with him I had disconnected from family, and friends who were not in Scientology. I wasn’t working. (She had explained that she did not grow up in Scientology but had joined it when she started dating Danny. “He made it sound so amazing.”)

When she finally came to law enforcement at the end of 2016, was she still a Scientologist? I still believed it. I trusted it.

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Mesereau asked her about the report she had made to Scientology, which was also about the December event and not the November one. And at this point Christina B. got emotional. “Because it was normal. I didn’t know any better,” she said. “I reported sexual assault to them.”

Mesereau now asks her about becoming a Scientologist after she started dating Masterson. Asked if she read books. Then he asked her, this idea that reporting another Scientologist to the police is a suppressive act? Where does it say that?

She was clearly not sure, but suggested it was in the Ethics Book. She remembered reading a chapter about suppressive acts and high crimes.

Mesereau: The Introduction to Scientology Ethics? By L. Ron Hubbard. And lo and behold, Appelbaum had a copy of the book right there. He asked her if it actually says such a thing in that book, and she said she didn’t know. They asked her to review the book at the break.

(Meanwhile, at the break, it took us a few seconds to pull up the 1965 HCOPL, “SUPPRESSIVE ACTS: SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS” which includes this paragraph: “Reporting or threatening to report Scientology or Scientologists to civil authorities in an effort to suppress Scientology or Scientologists from practicing or receiving standard Scientology” and “Bringing civil suit against any Scientology organization or Scientologist, including the nonpayment of bills or failure to refund, without first calling the matter to the attention of the International Justice Chief and receiving a reply.”)

After the breakup with Danny did you continue in Scientology? I struggled. You introduced your current husband to it, didn’t you? Yes.

Judge Olmedo admonished Mesereau that she was allowing questions about Scientology as long as they went to explaining what took the women longer to report. She asked him to move on.

Did you continue to see Danny Masterson as Scientology events after the breakup? I don’t recall seeing him.

Mesereau produces a photo from the New Year’s Eve 2011 celebration, and Christina B. and her husband are not far away from Danny Masterson in an audience shot.

“The president’s office sat me right behind him,” she said. Mesereau showed her the photograph, asking her if it didn’t depict her looking right at Masterson.

I’m not looking right at him. Yes you are. I’m looking up to the right. I’m probably looking at L. Ron Hubbard saying hip, hip, hooray. (And even from our distant viewpoint it did appear to be an ovation moment in the crowd and looking like an LRH celebration moment.)

Were you still a member then, in 2010-2011?

I got back in because I almost died of a miscarriage. I thought I pulled that in, and so I brought my husband in with me. He did the Purif.

She then had to help the court reporter understand that she was saying “Purif.”

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Mueller asks to borrow Mesereau’s copy of the Introduction to Scientology Ethics book.

He leafs through it.

You were shown this book yesterday? Yes, sir. You’re familiar with it, did you own a copy? Yes. Was it required? Every Scientologist I knew owned a copy of that book.

Judge Olmedo asked if the book had actually been entered as evidence. No, so Mueller enters Mesereau’s copy of the book as People’s Exhibit Five.

You were asked about a particular section of this book telling you that reporting a Scientologist to law enforcement was a suppressive act. You looked through that section? I did.

You also testified yesterday that Scientology believes that law enforcement is the enemy?

Mueller now directs her not to the chapter that Mesereau had asked her to look at, but another chapter titled A New Hope for Justice.

He shows her a paragraph that describes law enforcement as corrupt. “They call it wog law,” Christina B says.

Judge: What law?

Christina B now explains how to spell wog, and says its a derogatory term for non-Scientologists.

Judge Olmedo: Does it stand for something? and then a little later… Have you seen Harry Potter?

Christina B is a little confused about this. She apparently isn’t familiar with the series.

Judge Olmedo: So wog is like muggle?

We could only bask in the greatness of this moment.

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Mueller reads another line from the book which contains the word “downstat.” (Later we’ll pull together the paragraphs he cited.) So now Christina B defines downstat and upstat for the court.

Her example of upstat is “Someone like Danny Masterson, on a TV show, who’s famous, making a lot of money, putting out good PR for the church.”

And Scientology appreciates that? It’s very important to them.

Mueller then goes over another paragraph that talks about not reporting Scientologists to police, and Christina B says she remembers reading it as part of her ethics program.

Judge: The ethics program that you did right after the December incident? Yes. (Damn, this judge is so on top of the details.)

The gist of the citations from the book: Justice cannot be trusted in the hands of man.

What impact did this have on you? I didn’t trust law enforcement.

OK, now the best moment so far. Mueller now walks over to Mesereau, hands him the book and says, “Thank you. It’s been very helpful.”

Oh, the burn. The burn.

But he’s not done. Mueller also pulls out a 1965 HCOPL (the one we quoted yesterday) and asks Christina B if she’s gone through it before. Yes. It’s titled Suppressive Acts.

He quotes the section we showed you yesterday, about how you can’t report a Scientologist. And about the particular language of it? If I reported Danny, I would stop him from being a Scientologist and going up the Bridge to eternal freedom. That’s why I went to Ethics, to help him. You cannot report a Scientologist to law enforcement. You just cannot.

There are consequences? Yes. He has her explain how committing a suppressive act would cause her to be declared.

Mesereau: Did you read this document (the 1965 HCOPL) last night? No. I’ve read everything. I read them many, many times.

Mesereau tells her that the quote actually means that a Scientologist can’t report someone frivolously, and Christina B disagrees. She says you have to get permission from the IJC first.

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I don’t know any Scientologist who has reported another Scientologist to the police. You don’t do that. You use the church’s justice, she says.

Yesterday you looked at the chapter that defines suppressive acts. Nowhere did you see a statement. Miranda Skoggins explained it to me.

You were taught not to do it without justification? Yes.

No further questions. Re-re-direct.

Who decides if it’s justified? An ethics officer. In fact, the ethics officer told you this wasn’t rape, and that you had pulled it in? Correct. The ethics officer told you that if you report this, there would be consequences? Yes.

 
Jane Doe 2

Back to Mueller finishing up his direct examination of Jane Doe 2. He was asking her about why she didn’t report to Scientology.

If you have a legal issue with another member, you cannot handle it externally, she said. I know because of Danny’s position in the church, he’s a celebrity, no one would believe me and I’d be in trouble.

Did you call the police? No. Did you tell the church? No. Why? Danny Masterson was considered an important person in the church, an OL (opinion leader). I knew that certain people, celebrities, are to be protected and have a lot of power.

Danny’s status offered more to the church. I felt that it could culminate in a declare for me eventually. If I reported it, it would result in an ethics handling, I’d be interrogated as a victim of a crime. It can lead to being declared. And I thought I would be ostracized. I thought Danny would come after me.

So you wanted to report him at the same time that you wanted to date him? Jane Doe 2 explains that any thought of dating him was very brief and wasn’t related.

You left Scientology about two years later? Yes. And you still didn’t report it to police? No.

You didn’t think it was rape until 2011. I was more certain than I was before. Did you tell someone that you didn’t think it was rape until you read a New Yorker article in 2011? What about that article changed your mind? When you are in Scientology, the hold it has over you is remarkable. There’s a fear, partly subconscious, of disagreeing with what you’ve been told. Also a policy that you can’t read Black PR. It took quite a long time to disabuse myself of what I’d been taught in it. In order to function in Scientology you’re upholding a set of beliefs that are pillared up in you. I did my best to stay within a set of internal allegiances. When I read that article, when I saw what the defector said, my brain was firing about the differences between reality and what I’d been taught. Walls were coming down. Holy cow, holy cow. I didn’t want to deal with how I’d been treated before that.

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(During this remarkable and lengthy explanation by Jane Doe 2, Mesereau tried to cut it short. But Judge Olmedo pointed out that by asking such an open-ended question — what about the article changed your mind — he had pretty much opened the door.)

Did the article mention Danny Masterson? No. Before you read that article you hadn’t attended Scientology services for years. No, but I was still careful about what I read online.

Are you currently suing Danny Masterson? Yes. You’re suing him for money. We are suing the Church of Scientology and Danny Masterson for stalking and harassment.

 
The final day

Mueller: As to the claims that Chapter 12 of the Introduction to Scientology Ethics book represents Scientology’s hopes of an idealistic future: That’s Sharon Appelbaum’s interpretation. The women in this case were actual Scientologists, and Jane Doe 1 was actually an official in the church at one point.

The 1965 policy letter and it’s references to following the laws of the land: What we’re talking about her is reporting. Scientology may consider some things crimes, but who handles it? Who do you go to for justice? You go to the church. You do not go to law enforcement.

Judge Olmedo: I find that the testimony of Jane Doe 1, Christina B., and Jane Doe 2 is credible to support charges.

The court’s finding is based on testimony and the exhibits. These exhibits demonstrate the Scientology policies that discourage reporting to the police. And explain some of the inconsistencies in their accounts and the actions taken subsequent to the incidents.

I find there is sufficient evidence to bind over the defendant for jury trial.

 
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Jon Atack and Karen de la Carriere

Says Jon: “Although some form of elitism can be found in most authoritarian systems, Scientology is well known for taking their elitism to the next level. In this informative and entertaining video, Jon talks to special guest Karen de la Carriere about her time in Scientology, with a special focus on the ‘caste system’ of the cult. From the racist nickname given to non-Scientologists by Hubbard, to staff regarding public members as ‘dilettantes,’ to Sea Org members forbidden to marry those in ‘lower’ organizations on the same base, Jon and Karen examine the pervasive superiority complex of Scientology. Chock-full of fascinating Scientological tidbits – including one Sea Org member’s innovative method to get himself booted from his post – this is a talk you won’t want to miss.”

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Source Code

“I could read in this life when I was about three and a half years old. And then I went to school and they kept insisting that I learn how to read. And you know, I never learned how to read in school. I could read, only nobody ever heard that…You can read so then if anybody tries to teach you how to read and you won’t learn how to read and you can read, why nobody ever finds out about that. See? So you’ve had it. So, let’s say we were teaching a course on how to be a rocket jockey. How to fly a Mark 14 interplanetary scout ship. See, and we’re running a course on this. And we’ve got somebody and they had Mark 18s in their system and he knows all about flying one of these things, you know. Well, that’s fine you know. Here’s this, here’s that, and the instructor keeps saying, ‘Now just a minute. Hold it down now. Now, that is your circumlocutor.’ And the fellow says, ‘Yes, I know. And you pull it like this, and you go like this, and so forth; and it’s for vertical takeoff, see. Yeah, well now, what I do want to know is, you’ve got a couple of dials here that were taken off the later?’ And the instructor says, ‘Now just a minute, just a minute, that’s the circumlocutor.’ See. That guy has a hell of a time, see.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 22, 1962

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“Annabelle Buchanan is ordered back to the FSO Service Dept to properly turn over her desserts hat and regain the standard. This will assist already improved meals.” — The Commodore, May 22, 1971

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“I was living with an OT 2 and well I don’t have the label of being an OT because they never let me attest to it. So he assumes I have no power at all. But I can make the weather go the way I want, so the weather will follow me. If more people took more responsibility for the weather and learned how to manage like the buddhas in Thailand, you would get a more balanced game to play. These people are taking alien tech and using it to hurt us and create famine. If you had the ability to control the weather they wouldn’t be able to do this. I am keeping the weather going fine over here. You have a responsibility to handle your own area just like I do. If I were able to see outside this body I could handle it all. But I don’t, so maybe some others should get in there and learn it and take some responsibility themselves.”

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Past is Prologue

1999: Amazon.com this week removed Jon Atack’s book A Piece of Blue Sky from its offerings. Amazon later announced that it would reverse the decision, but the book is still missing from Amazon, despite continued availability on other bookstore sites. From Wired News: “Amazon.com has removed a controversial book from its listings, a book well known for angering the Church of Scientology. A Piece of Blue Sky, by UK writer Jon Atack, is an expose of the Scientology movement from its creation in 1959 until the death of founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1986. The book disappeared from Amazon’s site only recently. Amazon spokeswoman Lizzie Allen would only say that ‘under certain circumstances, for legal reasons, we need to stop selling a book. I really just can’t comment any further.’ Officials at the Church of Scientology said they have had nothing to do with the removal of the book from Amazon’s site. One woman told Wired News that the book was illegal to sell in the United Kingdom, and that was why Amazon had removed the book. ‘It was declared defamatory because it contained false statements,’ said church spokeswoman Linda Peters. ‘Amazon didn’t know about it. We don’t really know who alerted them. There are a lot of Scientologists around the planet.’ Peters said the ruling took place ‘four or five years ago.'”

 
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Random Howdy

“I was attacked by an angry goose once. I still have that engram.”

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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Held to answer for trial, next arraignment set for June 7.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference August 21 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for June 18.

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.

 
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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.

SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

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.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

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.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Even more filmmakers who are helping out Scientology with its TV network
[TWO years ago] Scientology loses a whale: Major donor Michael Baybak dead at 77
[THREE years ago] Jack Parsons is getting his star-turn next month, but we’ll have to wait for L. Ron Hubbard
[FOUR years ago] Google helps Scientology censor two more of our stories — maybe you can help us figure out why
[FIVE years ago] Scientology makes you a god who can heal this horse just with your finger
[SIX years ago] DOX: How Scientology ensnares the unsuspecting in a series of binding contracts
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Hip Hop: Is there anything better in the world?
[EIGHT years ago] Meet Dennis Nobbe, Miami Chiropractor and Scientologist!
[NINE years ago] L. Ron Hubbard in his Own Words: Mr. Charisma?

 
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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 2,308 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,813 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,333 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,353 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,244 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,551 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,419 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,193 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,523 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,997 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,313 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,879 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,798 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,966 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,547 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,808 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,846 days.
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Posted by Tony Ortega on May 22, 2021 at 07:00

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