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The Danny Masterson court cases and Scientology: A video update

[Danny Masterson doesn’t like the rulings from Judge Charlaine Olmedo]

YouTuber Derek Lambert asked us for an update on what’s going on with Scientology and the courts, and we were happy to fill him in.

As always, things are a little complex because Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson is being prosecuted in criminal court in Los Angeles (next hearing February 8, trial August 29) at the same time that he and the church are being sued civilly in a separate matter.

We tried our best to have it all make sense to Derek. Please let us know how you thought we did.




Bonus items from our tipsters

The results are in after the most recent fleecing. Turns out the faithful in Puerto Rico came up with the most dough for Dave’s vanity project. Hip, hip, hooray!



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Source Code

“All this of course is, is, I’m just, I’m just kidding you mostly. I don’t believe that you’ve been in the universe seventy-six trillion years. I don’t believe you have any past before birth. I don’t believe that there’s any reason whatsoever for this universe to be here except that some fellow called the devil or something that built it. Uh, I don’t believe any of these things. And I don’t want to be agreed with about them. It infuriates me to be agreed with about them, so I’m not asking for anybody to agree with me. But I’m not asking for anybody to disagree with me either.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 1, 1952



Avast, Ye Mateys

“NEXT PORT: The next port has its drawbacks but also its advantages. It is a bit dusty and occasionally smelly. But it is very quiet. It has an interesting native area. And you can have ash trays by the ton at the pottery shop. Remember to bargain hard. Offer a third or less of what is asked and come up a bit when buying odds and ends.” — The Commodore, December 1, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I think it’s great that the church has a healthy second dynamic, like you see young people running their orgs, very likely they are Scientology kids. Maybe it has something to do with marriage being respected and abortion being avoided. We don’t seem to have a young generation in the Free Zone. I guarantee you the church will always exist because it’s got a second dynamic, of course only in a quiet way though but that’s better than nothing. We need younglings and babies so start making them.”


Past is Prologue

1996: John Travolta appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and discussed Scientology with an uncritical Oprah and audience. “OPRAH: Every time you say the word people get… I know back there my producers are going OOHH my God Scientology. TRAVOLTA: You can be a Catholic Scientologist and a Protestant Scientologist and a Baptist Scientologist. We have every denomination. OPRAH: So what is the center… I never understand, what is it… TRAVOLTA: It’s mainly to help you survive better on the planet. We’re in trouble on this planet, you know, in a lot of ways. OPRAH: So is it… It’s not a religion? TRAVOLTA: Well it is technically, because by law, and by the dictionary, you have to go… that term. Because it deals with the spiritually end… through spiritually and physically at times… Like Dianetics is the body… It deals with injuries, and emotional upsets, and things like that… That’s very specific and it deals with the body, and the mind. And the Scientology deals with church… of the trade, to survive better, on the planet.”



Random Howdy

“I’m putting out a shoop challenge. I’m envisioning a shoop of LRH with a doll of Miscavige sitting on his lap and Tiny Cancer has a Tom Cruise doll sitting on his lap. The prize to the winner is a chicken dinner or a quadrillion Howdy bucks.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for February 8. Trial scheduled for August 29, 2022.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), false imprisonment, aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Next hearing scheduled for December 21.
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 December 17 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for February 11.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ US Supreme Court denied Valerie’s petition Oct 4.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Oral arguments held November 2, awaiting a ruling.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9, 2020 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: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for June 28, 2022.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. 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] If the feds are sniffing around, they might look at Danny Masterson’s besties
[TWO years ago] Scientology amps up shattering suppression in the wake of Leah Remini’s onslaught
[THREE years ago] President George H.W. Bush dies at 94, and we remember a fateful October 1991 day
[FOUR years ago] How L. Ron Hubbard used ‘past lives’ to set a trap for Scientologists
[FIVE years ago] Leah Remini: Scientology’s new attack has a Katie Holmes angle they aren’t talking about
[SIX years ago] Legoland theme park donates $10,000 to Scientology front on behalf of Jenna Elfman
[SEVEN years ago] Hey, Dr. Phil, get a clue about Scientology and stop stiff-arming Lori Hodgson
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Fundraising Mailers Galore!
[TEN years ago] Melissa Paris, Valeska’s Sister, And Her Own Ordeal in Scientology’s Cadet and Sea Orgs


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 2,501 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,006 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,526 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,546 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,437 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,744 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,612 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,386 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,716 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,190 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,506 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,072 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,991 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,159 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,740 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,001 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,037 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,752 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,277 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 632 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,807 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,358 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,507 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,827 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,682 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,801 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,157 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,460 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,566 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,964 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,840 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,423 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,918 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,172 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,281 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 1, 2021 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2020 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2020), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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