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Danny Masterson sis-in-law Chynna Phillips after watching trial: Seeing the light?

[Chynna Phillips Baldwin]

On November 2, we put in our “morning break” report at the Danny Masterson trial that we were excited to see that Danny’s wife Bijou Phillips had arrived to court that morning with her half-sister, Chynna Phillips Baldwin, 54.

It was Chynna’s first appearance at the courtroom, and Day Thirteen of the trial itself, which began on October 11. Chynna’s husband Billy Baldwin. 59, had made a brief appearance in the Masterson family section in the first week of trial testimony, and we had wondered if Chynna would show up.

We’re familiar with her not only because she was a part of the vocal group Wilson Phillips and daughter of John & Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas, but also because she has a YouTube channel, California Preachin’, that we keep an eye on from time to time.

Chynna is not a Scientologist. She’s an evangelical Christian, and at her YouTube vlog she uses fun phrases like “Holy Spirit, activate!” But the reason we check in on occasion is that she’s a classic social media oversharer, and a few times she’s spilled things about her family that have helped us keep tabs on what the Masterson and Phillips and Baldwin families have been going through since news of the investigation of Danny went public in 2017.

For example, at one point Chynna went to the home of Danny and Bijou in Santa Ynez, California, and interviewed Bijou about her husband. Bijou described Danny as a “Strong Island” type, a real macho man, which seemed like not the smartest thing to say while he was facing rape charges. (After we published a transcript of the interview, Chynna took the video down.)


For three days last week, Chynna was in the family section at the courtroom. And on Wednesday, November 2, she sat through some of the most brutal testimony in the trial as Jane Doe 2 described being “pounded” by Masterson like a “jackhammer” while she told him no, over and over.

The next day, November 3, Chynna recorded a new video for her channel, which was posted the next morning, on November 4.

In it, she said that November 3 was the four-year anniversary of the California Preachin’ show, and to celebrate, she decided to tell three stories of the things she most regretted in her life.

One story was about how she had witnessed a car accident and wanted to stop and see if people were OK, but the guy taking her on a date refused to stop and drove on to a concert. She said she regretted that she hadn’t stood up to him and demanded to stop and get out of the car.

The third story she told was about how she had been manipulated by an Italian professional photographer who, early in her modeling career, had convinced her to go topless on a beach for a photo shoot. She described being chastised by her agent, who told her she should have stood up to the man.

In the middle, she told another story that actually involved a sexual incident she greatly regretted. And once again, it featured a man manipulating her, and her regretting that she had not had enough self-esteem to stand up to him. We thought we’d provide the full transcript of this incident. And we have to ask, if she recorded these stories just a day after watching Jane Doe 2 talk about being raped brutally by Chynna’s brother-in-law, what should we conclude? Here’s her tale…

This next one is really, really, really difficult for me to talk about. It’s because it’s so personal and it is so ugly-embarrassing.

I had a best friend back in high school, and Jennifer and I were really very, very close. I mean really close. We spent every day at school together. Jen, she was my homegirl, my airbag, you know like we had those, you know, best friend necklaces. We were inseparable. And Jennifer had a very, very serious relationship with a guy named Dan.

Dan was, he was good looking. You know, he wasn’t exactly my type, but he was, he was fine. He wasn’t like unsightly or anything. He was, he was cute. I really liked Dan. I thought it was very sweet. I had never had a boyfriend like that, a long-term relationship in high school.

As a bunch of you already know I was already making bad decisions. I was smoking pot, I was drinking. If I could get my hands on some magic mushrooms, I would do magic mushrooms.

Jennifer was going out of town on a camping trip with her father, and he used to do that all the time. As a matter of fact, I went on some of these camping trips with her father and they were so much fun. I really missed Jennifer and I was bummed that she was gone that weekend.

I was hanging out with a couple of my other friends and we were up to our shenanigans of getting drunk and doing all of that and one night I was at my house and, um, I was with a couple of these girls. The doorbell rang and it was late, it was like 11 o’clock at night. So we go to the door and sure enough it was Dan.

He came in and I think he grabbed a couple beers out of my refrigerator and sat down and you know we were all pretty tipsy at this point. I was like, it’s getting late and I just want to go to bed. We had a downstairs little sweet area down in my house. So the other two girls, Liza and Emily, went downstairs and I was upstairs and Dan was on the phone.

So I’m putting on my pj’s and there’s like, the door kind of opens. I’m like, oh, oh, no, no, I’m changing. And he opened the door and I was like, Dan I’m changing, and he started giggling and laughing. And I’d already had like the bottom part on but I was just still putting on the top part he was like, oh, those are those are cute pj’s, and I was like, thanks, you know. And I said yeah, I’m gonna go to bed.


I’m kind of feeling tired. I’m just kind of feeling a little bit out of it. He said, oh just um, let me, let me just rub your feet. And I was like, what? And he was like, let me just, you know, rub your feet. I just want to rub your feet. You know, you’ve had a long day and like you’re tired. And I was like, um I don’t, I don’t need my feet rubbed. I’m, I’m fine, and he was like, oh no, I give the best foot rubs. Like my mom loves my foot rubs. You’ve got to try one of my foot rubs.

So I sat on my bed and he started rubbing my feet and, um, I let I let him rub my feet, which was mistake number one, and he did give a very nice foot rub, I have to say. Yeah so he’s rubbing my feet and he starts talking about how he’s always wanted to kiss me. I was like, oh this is not good. And I didn’t even particularly find Dan attractive, OK?

The way he was manipulating me, it was super coy, like he was being very calculated about how he was going about getting me to do one thing and then, and then succumbing to the next thing. I was just really wanting him to go and I knew that he was probably going to proceed to escalate with this whole thing, and I didn’t have the self-esteem or just the courage to be able to stand up for myself because I never had in the past. And so I was triggered and it was almost like I reverted back to that little girl who didn’t know how to get out of these really dangerous bad situations.

So he proceeded to start like, you know, going over around my shoulders and stuff. I’m not going to get too graphic but one thing led to another and before I knew it we were having sex. Me and my best friend’s boyfriend. Not proud and I just knew like oh my gosh I just messed up so royally and I felt so dirty and so sick inside I knew I had betrayed my best friend. Like it didn’t have to happen, all I had to do was kick him out of my house.

Now that I’m like unpacking it more as an adult and looking in retrospect, I mean I don’t think that Dan’s intention was to come over to my house and have a glass of water, if you know what I mean. I really think that he had this whole thing definitely planned out before he even got to my house.

So a few days later Jennifer came home from her trip and she said do you mind if I borrow a sweater? And I was like no. I’m gonna borrow a sweater. And uh so she’s in my closet and she’s kind of like going through the hangers and suddenly I hear like she’s just stopped sliding them, which, but she’s still looking into the closet. I just got this terrible, terrible feeling and she grabbed one of the hangers and she turned around and she had a pair of blue jeans in her hand she said, “Why are Dan’s blue jeans in your closet?”

And I said, I, I don’t, I don’t know. And she said, Chynna, if there’s something you need to tell me you need to tell me right now. And I just burst out into tears she was like I don’t even know how it happened it was crazy and I feel I feel so disgusted and I don’t even know what how to make this better, I don’t, I don’t know how to say I’m sorry because there are no words. And that was pretty much the end of mine and Jen’s friendship.

Anybody want to join me in this tub of shame? I found my voice after that experience and I never allowed myself to not speak up again when I was in situations where, um, I was being taken advantage of. Do you ever just stop and think about things in your childhood or like in your teenage years and you just kind of like roll around in bed like a rotisserie chicken going over it over and over and over again trying to change the outcome, and it just never changes?

We find the timing on these tales really interesting. And we’d like to ask Chynna about it, if hearing testimony from Jane Doe 2 about how she had tried to manage Danny’s expectations that night in 2003 but that he had brutally raped her, might have dislodged something in Chynna’s memory banks.

But we are being very careful right now. We don’t want to give the Masterson family an excuse to try to get us removed from the courtroom. So we won’t approach her with a question if she shows up again today.

Speaking of today, testimony resumes in the afternoon after some matters about witnesses get hashed out this morning in Judge Charlaine Olmedo’s courtroom. We’ll be sending you reports from the proceedings.

And as for yesterday, we sent out a short video message to our subscribers at the end of an eventful day in court. We’re releasing it to everyone this morning, and here’s also the version at our YouTube channel.




Technology Cocktail

“NEGATIVE EXTERIORIZING. Ask the preclear NOT to be a foot back of his head. (See sub-zero tone scale where all commands reverse.) Give him commands in the negative which will be obeyed in the positive sense. Then orient him in space and time (the thetan can be out of time badly) and thereafter treat him as a Step I case. Failing this step, go to Step III.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1952



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 as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

— The Underground Bunker Podcast

[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH


— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— SPECIAL: Your Proprietor’s updates on the Danny Masterson trial

[1] Sep 21 [2] Sep 28 [3] Oct 4 [4] Oct 10 [5] Oct 11: Day One [6] Oct 12: Day Two [7] Oct 13: Day Three [8] Oct 17: Day Four [9] Oct 18: Day Five [10] Oct 19: Day Six [11] Special interview with Chris Shelton, Oct 19 [12] Oct 20: Day Seven [13] Oct 21: Day Eight [14] First week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [15] Oct 24: Day Nine [16] Oct 25: Day Ten [17] Oct 27: Day Eleven [18] Oct 28: Day Twelve [19] Second week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [20] Halloween special [21] Nov 2: Day Thirteen [22] Nov 3: Day Fourteen [23] Nov 4: Day Fifteen [24] Third week in review [25] Nov 5, Saturday special [26] Nov 6, Sunday special [27] Nov 7, Day Sixteen


Source Code

“Down in Arizona they put an H-bomb nine feet below the ground and blew it up. Why? To find out if it’d lift dust? Well, it certainly did!….In 1947 it was very easy to run an engram. Even in early 1950 it was still fairly easy to run an engram, but it was a little harder. By the end of ’50 it was getting difficult to run engrams. In 1951 we had to beef up our processes like mad in order to run an engram cleanly. By 1952 we were beginning to run into nothing but whole track. 1953, we just had to look for other processes than engram running. And we had to look hard, and we looked into exteriorization. In ’54, in ’55 and in ’56 we have actually been researching further and further, into more and more powerful techniques. Why?….People haven’t changed, have they? Not at all. We even see a difference of techniques which, run two or three years ago, don’t work very well today. This fascinating panorama has just unfolded before my view as a distinct possibility. And it may or may not be true, but it is certainly a distinct possibility, and there is a coordination here between the amount of radiation in the atmosphere and the difficulty of auditing a preclear.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 8, 1956


Avast, Ye Mateys

“BEEF: Not all the meat on a haunch of beef can be used for steak. If you want steak you have to have two or three haunches and plan what to do with the rest. Roundsteak has to be floured and pounded, peppered and salted before frying. If not pounded it will be tough.” — The Commodore, November 8, 1969



Overheard in the FreeZone

“If a person comes to the freezone offering you to become a super OT that can now bend spoons with the mind and win the one million Amazing Randi Challenge for that, then you know for sure that that ‘tech’ is most probably Ray Mithoff’s reverse Scientology and black Scientology. If on the contrary, a person comes and offers you tech that is making it possible to achieve the abilities for OTs as described in the Philadelphia Doctorate Course Lectures of the Early 50’s, then you know that it is valid Tech based on the Scientology fundamentals. The right thing to do is to be trained on the technology so as to undo any black Scientology that the dark side wants to impose on us or the society.”


Past is Prologue

1995: Jeff Jacobsen provided a summary of the Cult Awareness Network Conference held last week in White Plains, NY. “About 270 attended and about a dozen Scientologists hung around the hotel bugging people. Early Friday morning Snipe and I set up his computer in the book sale room and gave an internet demonstration during the day. I think we made several converts to the net there. At supper CAN officials told that they have filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy (this is to reorganize, not dissolve) in order to win time to appeal the Jason Scott decision against CAN. There is also a CAN lawsuit against Scientology and Bowles & Moxon I think on conspiracy charges based on the 46 lawsuits that Moxon apparently boilerplated against CAN. The lunch speaker was Dan Leipold, attorney for Tom Klemesrud. He gave a general outline of the internet and the copyright wars going on in our little newsgroup.”


Random Howdy

“Monsanto made everybody fat, TV made everybody stupid, and the Internet made everybody crazy.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:

Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Trial began October 11 in Los Angeles.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Arraigned on August 29.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff scheduled to be sentenced on Oct 28.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 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. Plaintiffs filed amended complaint on August 2. Hearing scheduled November 17 to argue the arbitration motions.
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 at least through December 13.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Case settled ahead of scheduled Dec 6 trial.
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.



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’s magic and mysticism, as told by L. Ron Hubbard’s blogging son Arthur
[TWO years ago] John Travolta crashes the Scientology social media feed as we dip back in for a look
[THREE years ago] Columbus going Ideal! David Miscavige to open 2nd Scientology cathedral in a week
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s weirdly detailed shrine to L. Ron Hubbard in Florida even has ocean sounds
[FIVE years ago] Scientology plan to shut road through its secretive ‘Int Base’ in California foiled again
[SIX years ago] It’s Election Day, but screw that — Chick Corea is finally superhuman thanks to Scientology!
[SEVEN years ago] Up next for Scientology: Sending out Tom Cruise to put on a grand performance?
[EIGHT years ago] The Heinlein Letters: What L. Ron Hubbard’s close friends really thought of him
[NINE years ago] The Tom Cruise Smear Machine: Accusations From His Deposition You Haven’t Heard
[TEN years ago] Scientology Excommunication: Documents the Church Usually Keeps Under Wraps


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 2,842 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,347 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,897 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,887 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,778 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,083 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,953 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,058 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,531 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,847 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,413 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,332 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,500 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,080 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,342 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,378 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,093 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,658 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 973 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,148 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,699 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,830 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,168 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,023 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,142 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,498 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,801 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,907 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,305 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,181 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,764 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,259 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,513 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,622 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 8, 2022 at 09:00

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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

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