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Judge denies Valerie Haney do-over after Scientology’s appellate loss in Masterson suit

After an appeals court’s stunning January put-down of Scientology’s “religious arbitration” strategy in the lawsuit brought by Danny Masterson’s rape accusers, Valerie Haney was hoping Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge Jr would reconsider his ruling in her lawsuit, which was also derailed by Scientology’s arbitration gambit.

But yesterday Burdge denied Valerie’s latest request that he reconsider his 2020 ruling. So she’s still facing the prospect of having to take her allegations of kidnapping, stalking, and libel to Scientology’s internal justice court, and with Scientologists as arbitrators.

Valerie’s was the first of three lawsuits that were filed in 2019 against Scientology by a nationally known legal team. She alleged that she had been held against her will as a Sea Org worker until she managed to escape from Gold Base near Hemet, California in 2016 by hiding in the trunk of an actor’s car.

She then went to work for Leah Remini and appeared as the most surprising guest of Leah’s third and final season of her A&E series “Scientology and the Aftermath.” In her lawsuit, Valerie alleges that Scientology subjected her to a scary stalking and harassment campaign because of her work with Leah, and it libeled her with sexual smears on Internet sites.


But Judge Burdge sided with Scientology, which argued that while she was employed with the church, Valerie had signed contracts that obliged her to take any grievance to its own internal brand of religious arbitration (not independent arbitration), and which Scientology sets all the rules for. Luis and Rocio Garcia went through such an arbitration when their 2013 lawsuit was similarly derailed. They said they were unable to have an attorney with them, ninety percent of the evidence they brought wasn’t allowed, and they weren’t allowed a transcript. Luis described the proceeding as a bad joke. (They had been suing for hundreds of thousands, and Scientology’s arbitration panel offered about $18,000. The Garcias refused it and appealed the ruling that forced them into arbitration, but the ruling was upheld by the Eleventh Circuit.)

The lawsuit filed by Danny Masterson’s rape accusers against Scientology and Masterson for harassing them after they came forward to the LAPD was also forced into arbitration, in a ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield. But then last year the California state supreme court made the surprising decision to intervene in the case, and asked an appellate court to handle it. In January that appellate court made its stunning decision, overturning Kleifield’s ruling and freeing the Masterson accusers from having to submit to Scientology arbitration. They reasoned that the harassment Scientology subjected them to occurred after these former Scientologists had left the church, so the contracts no longer applied.

We have pointed out in the past that Valerie’s case is more complex, because she’s alleging harm by Scientology both during and after her church employment. But she had hoped that the ruling in the Masterson lawsuit might convince Judge Burdge to reconsider his ruling in her case. Scientology’s attorneys pointed out, however, that the decision in the Masterson lawsuit remains unpublished by the court (the state supreme court is currently considering whether to change that) and Judge Burdge agreed with that argument.

“Because the motion solely relies on an unpublished court opinion, Plaintiff does not present any law that may be relied on by this court,” reads the tentative order written by Scientology’s attorneys that the judge signed off on.

Will Valerie now try some sort of petition to an appeals court, which she already tried last year, or submit to Scientology arbitration? We’ll try to find out.


The Golden age of Admin is here!

On December 30, our Insider, a source still in the church but telling us about Scientology’s dire situation after two years of the pandemic, told us that David Miscavige was trying to revive things with another technology upgrade.

This time, it would be a “Golden Age of Admin,” the Insider said.

Scientology is undergoing yet another “evolution of technology” in the form of the “Golden Age of Admin.” Basically, it’s an overhaul of all the administration policy written by L Ron Hubbard, as well as the release of new courses and programs….

Admin in Scientology means “administration,” which is to say, all the procedures and technology related to the running of organizations, as written by L Ron Hubbard. So what GAT II was for technology, The Golden Age of Admin is for administrative procedure.

It’s a BIG DEAL. Probably the biggest deal in Scientology. Everyone is anxiously awaiting the release. Many are hoping it will right the wrongs of the last two years. It surely won’t. It may shift the focus, but the abuse will continue in a different fashion….

Miscavige is personally running the program. He is at Flag overseeing, and of course micromanaging, every aspect of it.


Yesterday, we heard from the Insider again, who told us that his prediction had come true, and the Golden Age of Admin is now being released at the Flag Land Base.

The “Golden Age of Admin” was just released. There was a local event, held at Flag. The release has has not yet been broadly announced.

The new materials released are incredibly underwhelming. This is not enough for Miscavige to save face for the last two years of torment. If anything, I see this as yet another step toward total collapse.

The last release, the GAT II event, was a massive deal. In Class V orgs, more people showed up to that event than any before or since.

DM has since claimed “unparalleled levels of expansion” year over year ever since; of course due to him personally releasing GAT II.

On the other hand, the GAA release is a local event, held at Flag and not even promoted to all Scientologists.

This clear contradiction may be the thing which causes many currently in Scientology to do the one thing that must not be done: ask questions.

That leads to leaving Scientology.


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Source Code

“I had a number of US Senators interested in this. As a matter of fact I had the senate dining room one day — I had lots of friends down there in those days, still would have if I went down and stuck my nose in. Every time I do, why they all say, ‘Hey, Ron! Where the hell have you been?’ you know. ‘What’s the matter, you mad at me?’ Something like that. I’d say, ‘Oh, I’ve been busy.’ And I had the senate dining room down there one noon, I remember, along about this period [in 1950]. And you could have heard a toothpick fall from one end of it to the other….I was telling them somebody had found the dynamic principle of existence and I was telling people what it was and so forth. And that place was jammed from one corner to the other with senators and so forth. The next thing you know the table outside of the perimeter of the table I was sitting at with three or four old senators and the table outside that went silent and the table outside that went silent and the table outside that went silent and the next thing you know there wasn’t anything happening in that dining room. The waiters were standing there, see. Darnedest thing you ever wanted to see, you know! And I said, ‘Gee!’ I said, ‘I’ve got a bear by the tail here, you know.’ That was actually before anything much had occurred. They had never heard of this book or anything.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 16, 1965


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The Apollo is to be in all respects ready for the sea and all port cycles closed by 5:00 PM 18 Mar 69. The civil ‘Nomarch’ of Corfu on irregular lines verbally has ordered our departure in 24 hours despite any unreadiness and without concluding our gyro or safety inspection. We have been given no reason. There may be a connection with the visit of US vessels last week which had a report via their naval attache that we made troops desert. There is no damage really as the AOSH Greece had not really opened and is being reopened at once in Denmark. The situation is under control. There is no danger.” — The Commodore, March 16, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“If I focus on the whole or being one with all, I can encompass all the possibilities. If I focus on ‘me’ or ‘I,’ it seems as if I can also see myself as whole or of component parts such as different types of identities. It is similar to seeing a car. One calls it a car to sum up all the components. Same is with a body. We can look at the planet and say, it is a planet but it is composed of billions and billions of parts and pieces. Same as expanding out even further, and labeling all as One. But, what would you call it other than the One or main thetan or God?”


Past is Prologue

1997: The St. Petersburg Times reported perhaps the first beneficiary of the publicity on the Lisa McPherson case. “A barefoot woman ran between two Church of Scientology buildings early Saturday before jumping into Clearwater Harbor, where police took her into protective custody for a psychiatric evaluation. As the incident unfolded over more than three city blocks downtown, a patrol officer tried twice to ask the woman if she needed help, police said. They said she and a Church of Scientology security guard behind her kept running and eventually she was found by police in shallow Clearwater Harbor. The woman, a 36-year-old Scientologist visiting from New Jersey, told Clearwater police she was not trying to get away from the church or church officials during her pre-dawn sprint through downtown. Police said the woman appeared distraught and was admitted to Morton Plant Hospital under the Baker Act, which empowers officers to seek mental evaluations for people who appear likely to harm themselves or others. The woman’s two children, estimated to be ages 2 and 7, were found sleeping in her room on the seventh floor of Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel, said police spokesman Wayne Shelor, who refused to release the woman’s name. He said the children were fine and were in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.”



Random Howdy

“Before today I considered Miscavige a cynical manipulating sociopath, and they’re a dime a dozen. Now he seems to be more the dangerously insane Idi Amin-style dictator. This doesn’t bode well for the future.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next pretrial conference May 31. Trial scheduled for August 29.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Last hearing was on January 18, referred to grand jury. Additional charges also referred to grand jury after January 5 assault while in jail.
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 March 25 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for April 8.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Hearing held on February 15, awaiting ruling.

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.’ Valerie’s motion for reconsideration denied on March 15.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Scientology has said it will file an anti-SLAPP motion.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for June 28.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.



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] Scientology goes after Mike Rinder with a document he gave only to Marty Rathbun
[TWO years ago] To help us get through the pandemic, L. Ron Hubbard’s words of Scientology wisdom
[THREE years ago] Miss America organization says it’s looking into Scientology’s use of Miss New York
[FOUR years ago] Hey, IRS: You might want to look at this new photo Scientology posted of David Miscavige
[FIVE years ago] Understanding Marty Rathbun: For the first time, his full deposition of 2014
[SIX years ago] Ron Miscavige book out in May: ‘Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me’
[SEVEN years ago] Mareka Brousseau on the degradations of Scientology’s Sea Org life
[EIGHT years ago] With Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy finally hitting the mainstream, here’s more to consider
[NINE years ago] Xenu the The Movie Star! When Scientology Almost Revealed Its Secrets on the Big Screen
[TEN years ago] Scientology on the High Seas: Hubbard Claims Victory Over the U.S. Navy


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 2,605 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,110 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,630 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,650 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,541 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,848 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,716 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,490 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,821 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,294 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,610 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,176 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,095 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,263 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,844 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,105 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,141 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,856 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,381 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 736 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,911 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,462 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,611 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,931 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,786 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,905 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,261 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,564 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,670 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,068 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,944 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,527 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,022 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,276 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,385 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 16, 2022 at 07:00

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