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A 2004 photo reminds us of Danny Masterson’s punchy DJ persona. But will his jury see it?

[Danny and Wilmer]

We want to thank the tipster who dug up a very interesting photo of Danny Masterson from his “DJ Donkey Punch” days.

Our tipster tells us the photo is from 2004, which is just about the time Danny was dealing with one of his alleged rape victims going to the LAPD with her claims that he’d attacked her.

Also in the photo is Danny’s That ’70s Show costar Wilmer Valderrama.

But it’s what they’re holding that made us do a double-take.

This was while the TV series was still in its 1998 to 2006 initial run, so perhaps it wasn’t too surprising that a female fan had apparently offered up her bra for the two to sign.


Valderrama penned “Wilmer was here” and signed his name on one cup. But Danny’s message is even more interesting:

“DJ Donkey Punched Here! Danny Masterson”


Isn’t that special.

When we first broke the news in 2017 that Masterson was under investigation by the LAPD for multiple rapes, we added an update to the post about Danny’s nightclub persona, “DJ Donkey Punch,” when former Scientology security chief Gary Morehead told us that he still had a souvenir from one of Danny’s 2001 gigs.


We added the image to our story that day, and we also noted the Wiktionary definition: “The Donkey Punch is a relatively simple maneuver. When engaged in anal sex from behind, simply punch your partner in the back of the neck so that the sphincter clenches up.”

It did seem somewhat remarkable that at the precise time, 2001-2004, when Masterson was later accused of violently raping multiple women, he was using a stage name that essentially advertised his fascination with being a sexual predator.

That year 2004 turned out to be something of a turning point, however. Not only did one of his victims go to the LAPD that June, but later in the year Masterson worked out a settlement with her to convince her to keep her mouth shut. (The victim, known as Jane Doe 1 in the criminal prosecution, has testified that she felt pressured by Scientology to accept the settlement or be declared a “suppressive person” and suffer “disconnection” by her family and friends. She is no longer a Scientologist today. Masterson grew up in Scientology and remains a member.)

After that brush with accountability, Masterson apparently decided it wasn’t so smart to be advertising his predilections in his DJ marketing materials, and he soon changed his stage name to the safer “DJ Mom Jeans.”


In 2016, Jane Doe 1’s case was reopened by the LAPD when two additional woman came forward with similar allegations from that same time period (2001-2003), and then more women emerged. When the Los Angeles DA’s office finally charged Masterson in June 2020, they revealed that they had considered the allegations of five women before charging him with forcibly raping three of them. His trial is scheduled for October 11 in Los Angeles, and if he’s convicted of all three rapes, he’s facing 45 years to life in prison.

We have to wonder, however, if the jury that will be assembled for Danny’s trial will get a chance to hear about “DJ Donkey Punch,” and if they’ll get a chance to see photos like this one.


Scientology Files, episode 4

Says our man in Hungary, Péter Bonyai: “The Church of Scientology Hungary was officially established in 1991, so they have been present in this country over a little more than three decades. In this episode, a former Scientology staff member will talk about his personal experiences, who was one of the first staff member of the newly founded church. Was Scientology different at that time, did they employ other methods? All will be revealed in this part, that looks back at events that happened 30 years ago. Additionally, our guest was working as an ethics officer for a period of time, i.e. as an active member of internal justice system of Scientology.”



Now available: Bonus for our supporters

Episode 4 of the Underground Bunker podcast has been sent out to paid subscribers, and it’s a conversation with Bruce Hines about the mind-warping life in the Sea Org and a new story about Shelly Miscavige we hadn’t heard before. Meanwhile, we’ve made episodes 1 through 3 available to everyone, with Jeffrey Augustine on recent Scientology court cases, Claire Headley exposing Tom Cruise, and Marc Headley on what it must be like for David Miscavige living in Clearwater, Florida. Go here to get the episodes!



Source Code

“If we don’t know how to date accurately, we are soon going to have a case which isn’t producing any tone arm action. Well, there’s the importance of dating. The greatest importance of dating is accuracy. Now, this doesn’t mean accuracy down to the last microsecond. You can still do approximate dating. Of course, it makes my brains creak a little bit when somebody says 10.5 trillion trillion years to me. I can see this enormous span, don’t you see, of the life term of this planet, according to modern science, can be dropped into that date at random! Approximately 10.5 trillion trillion years ago. You could just drop this solar system’s whole history, you see, into that date several times and never miss it! Well, is it 10.51? 10.52? Oh, my God. Do you know what you’ve got there? The difference between 10.51 trillion trillion years ago, and 10.52 trillion trillion years ago? You go figure it out some time, and you see what I mean. That’s a lot of years. Vast panorama. And your brain will go ‘creak’ underneath this sort of thing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 17, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The watches have been worrying about submarines and radio messages. The radio message was a call to all ships for weather data and barometer readings from Radio Marseille. The ‘sub’ seen on radar yesterday appearing at 5.5 miles, 15 minutes later vanishing at 6 and then much later reappearing at 15 miles and vanishing was probably a whale. They hang around here, what few there are left in the world.” — The Commodore, July 17, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I think it is most unlikely that LRH would return despite the never-ending rumors. More likely he will have gone off to sow some seeds elsewhere. He knows, and has pointed out on more that one occasion, that this universe is a universe of plenty and when one is sowing seeds, one doesn’t just sow one. Speculation: There are billions of planets and stars in our galaxy alone, some of which might be more acceptable to such knowledge now that it has been worked out and it would not surprise me if he is elsewhere spreading the word, as it were.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Bob Minton reported developments in Scientology’s campaign to discredit him for business dealings in Nigeria in the 1980s. “From the very beginning of Scientology’s operation to destroy, discredit and jail me, OPEC’s Rilwanu Lukman, a long term Scientologists, has been the key Scientology operative/facilitator on the Nigeria side of the equation. There is no doubt that Lukman, with his Scientology handlers hand-picked John Fashanu to be their boy for the frontal assault on me The Scientology PI, David Lee/Lebow, using the alias of Robert Clarke, did the infamous Fashanu Report and wiretapped Fashanu to be sure of his loyalties. Lee recently played an audio tape in Washington D.C. of Fashanu talking on the phone with a Nigerian Senator discussing how they were going to blackmail some Nigerians whose names and offshore account details had been uncovered by David Lee. Fashanu can’t get out of the Scientology blackmail trap. There’s no where Fashanu can go to extricate himself from this quagmire. Lukman has been peeping out from behind the Scientology mask. In June he personally arranged for the Nigerian president Obasanju, during a state visit to Switzerland, to meet with David Lee to hear the Scientology spin on the Fashanu report.”



Random Howdy

“When you get to the end of OT 8 he tells you that everything up until then was a BIG WHOOPS. Sorry kids, I had it wrong all along, but now I’m on the right road to total freedom. Wheeeeeeee!”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Trial scheduled for October 11, pretrial conference August 17.
‘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.
Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Readiness hearing scheduled for August 22 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for September 19.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.


Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: February 2, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place, next status hearing October 25.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for December 6.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior 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] How many Scientologists are in your town, part two: Getting down to the details
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s antivaxx warrior Leigh Dundas unleashes another amazing Two Minutes Hate
[THREE years ago] Leah Remini’s ‘Aftermath’ nominated for another Emmy: Tell her your favorite scenes
[FOUR years ago] In Colombia, Scientology’s ‘Casa Hubbard’ has a pretty interesting neighbor
[FIVE years ago] New book peels back the cover on Scientology celebs and their legendary acting coach
[SIX years ago] VIDEO: A look inside Scientology’s program to rally Russian members after police raids
[SEVEN years ago] The Surviving Scientology podcast: Growing up in the Age of Miscavige
[EIGHT years ago] Texas court gets Scientology’s David Miscavige out of testifying in harassment lawsuit
[NINE years ago] SHELLY SPEAKS: Scientology Leader’s Banished Wife Says She’ll Get Out ‘Only One Way’
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s Shame: Karen de la Carriere Stuns KFI Radio
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Blowout: Commenters of the Week!


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 2,728 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,233 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,783 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,773 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,664 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,969 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,839 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,613 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,944 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,417 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,733 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,299 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,218 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,386 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,966 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,228 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,264 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,979 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,504 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 859 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,034 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,585 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,734 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,054 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,909 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,028 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,384 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,687 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,793 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,191 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,067 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,650 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,145 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,399 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,508 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 17, 2022 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, 1995-2021 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2021), 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

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


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