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Lawsuit seeks to make Scientology pay for years of costs after childhood sexual assault

[Gavin Potter, David Miscavige, and attorney Graham Berry]

There’s a new filing in Jane Doe 1’s lawsuit against David Miscavige, Scientology, and a Sea Org executive named Gavin Potter.

The new document was filed by attorney Graham Berry this week, and part of it sounds very familiar: Would you be surprised to learn that the lawsuit is running into problems serving Miscavige to let him know he’s a defendant?

Berry’s submission says that both Miscavige and Gavin Potter have not yet been served the suit, which was first filed in December but was only unsealed last month.

“Gavin Potter and David Miscavige have not been served due to difficulty in effectuating service,” Berry’s filing says.


When the lawsuit was unsealed, we learned that Jane Doe 1, one of the Danny Masterson victims, alleges that years earlier she had been subjected to sexual abuse as a minor by Sea Org recruiter Potter, and that she was then given the choice either to go into the Sea Org’s prison detail, the Rehabilitation Project Force, or to marry Potter. She chose the latter, but alleges that any sexual contact she had with him subsequently over the years 1991 to 1997 she considered non-consensual.

She left the Sea Org but not Scientology, and she was close friends with Lisa Marie Presley and more casually acquainted with Masterson. On May 31, a jury found that Masterson raped Jane Doe 1 in the early hours of April 25, 2003. The jury also convicted him on another count of forcible rape, and on September 7 he’ll be sentenced by Judge Charlaine Olmedo. He’s facing 30 years to life in prison and is currently being housed at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

Four women (and one of their husbands) are currently suing Masterson and Scientology for the harassment they say they’ve experienced since coming forward to the LAPD in 2016 with the rape allegations. This civil suit has been on hold during the criminal trial, and it is known in court as Bixler v. Scientology.

In the new filing, Graham Berry indicates that they will be filing a motion that they will be asking to consolidate the new Jane Doe 1 lawsuit with the Bixler case.

And also, that they plan to ask for damages in order to equal what the assaults on Jane Doe 1 have cost her.

“As a result of the sexual assault Plaintiff suffered physical and emotional damages, which are ongoing today. Plaintiff is compiling a figure for all past medical expenses, as well as an estimate for all future medical expenses.”

They are not kidding around.

We first wrote about the new lawsuit on June 24 after the complaint was unsealed. On page 2 of the new lawsuit, there’s a footnote which says that the Jane Doe plaintiff in the new lawsuit is also a plaintiff in the Bixler case.

In the Bixler suit, there are just two Jane Does. One of them testified in the criminal case to growing up in Scientology and joining the Sea Org, and that’s Jane Doe 1. “I was 14 years old when I signed my first Sea Org contract,” she testified in the first Masterson trial.

Jane Doe 2 was already a teenager when her mother encouraged her to join Scientology, and she never worked for the organization.

(Neither Jane Doe 1 nor Jane Doe 2 appeared on Leah Remini’s program Scientology and the Aftermath.)

Scientology, of course, didn’t need to be told which Jane Doe was suing them.

The next hearing in the case is set for August 1. So far, none of the defendants — Church of Scientology International, Religious Technology Center, Bridge Publications, Miscavige, and Potter — has made a response to the new lawsuit.



Technology Cocktail

“The following article appeared recently in the London City Press. It may be used by City Offices and Area Offices for information to papers….The HASI and all its concerns is founded on the work of one man, L. Ron Hubbard, engineer, explorer, nuclear physicist and writer. Holding in his mind a knowledge of Eastern thought gained in his travels, his instruction in psychology from a medical doctor who had studied personally under Sigmund Freud, and his training in mathematics and nuclear physics, L. Ron Hubbard found himself convalescing in hospital towards the end of the second world war, after a distinguished career in the United States Navy….The publication of DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH in 1950 started, not just a publishing house, but a world movement. The long-ignored work of one man now suddenly affects the lives of people from Malaya to Manchester. And the HASI becomes a very busy organization indeed. (Copyright © 1959 by L. Ron Hubbard. All rights reserved)” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1959



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?

[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


— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond

[18] Trial special with Chris Shelton [19] Trial week one [20] Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway [21] Trial week two [22] Trial week three [23] Trial week four [24] Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption [25] Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special [26] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One [27] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two [28] Claire Headley on the trial [29] Tory Christman [30] Bruce Hines on spying [31] Karen de la Carriere [32] Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige [33] Karen de la Carriere on the L’s [34] Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding [35] Mark Plummer [36] Mark Ebner [37] Karen Pressley [38] Steve Cannane [39] Fredrick Brennan [40] Clarissa Adams [41] Louise Shekter [42] John Sweeney [43] Tory Christman [44] Kate Bornstein [45] Christian Stolte [46] Mark Bunker [47] Jon Atack [48] Luke Y. Thompson


Source Code

“These fellows do things like get your headquarters robbed of private research papers, buy them off the thief, publish them out of context and thus confuse the theory and research papers of Scientology with the actual practice of Scientology. And I point out to you that these are two entirely different things. Because I have just reserved the right all the way along the line to write down whatever I found. But I did not put it out for unlimited circulation. You see? So they’re challenging a fellow’s right to make notes of what he’s seen. But those research papers and books, today, actually do not much reflect the practice of Scientology, which if you look at it up the grades has very, very reasonable and very comprehensible goals. Do you see?” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 19, 1966


Avast, Ye Mateys

“PARTY: I’m glad you had a good time at the Roaring 20’s party. I was going to attend but couldn’t find any gangsters or a Sub-Thompson machine gun — ‘Chicago typewriter’ or a big enough cigar. (Joke)” — The Commodore, July 19, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Living in this fogged over world (our spirits in minds, that is) one tends to forget the details if they had any recall at all, because of course the implants are meant to erase all of the memories you had back then and can only be given to you if it’s something you agree with – i.e., I felt so bad about myself that I thought there just must be a God to salvage me and what had happened to me. When you’re down that low you just don’t know anything else. The funny thing is that that glowing white orb that spoke to me telepathically is the Emanator straight out of the History of Man book I found 22 years after finding Scientology. Are the Andromedians an LRH term?”



Past is Prologue

1997: Jeff Jacobsen announced plans for a third Internet-organized picket of Scientology facilities in Clearwater, Florida. “There will be a demonstration against Scientology this December 5 and 6 in Clearwater Florida. Make plans now to attend. Further information will be put up on later. In March 1996 about 17 people picketed in Clearwater. This last March there were about 30 demonstrators. Hopefully this December we can have 50 or more.”


Random Howdy

“I’m a watching a movie and I saw on IMDB that one of the actors was named ‘Mapother’ and sure enough he’s Middletooth’s cousin and he’s been in tons of stuff and he’s a better actor than Tom. Who knew?”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Found guilty on two counts on May 31, remanded to custody. Sentencing on Sep 7.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Trial scheduled for August 15.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration. Plaintiffs allowed interlocutory appeal to Eleventh Circuit.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
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 sentencing of Masterson on Sep 7.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Next hearing August 1.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



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 Mission Impossible: Or, how an ‘SP’ ended up in charge
[TWO years ago] Scientology wants you to take this survey like yesterday. So pencils ready!
[THREE years ago] Scientology donor in leaked video: ‘You’re going to pay this money fucking eventually’
[FOUR years ago] Fans feeling conflicted about Tom Cruise and Scientology after seeing Top Gun 2 trailer
[FIVE years ago] Judge to Garcias: Scientology can lie and cheat and there’s nothing I can do about it
[SIX years ago] VIDEO: ‘Scientology Kills’ protest at Dublin concert enrages Jive Aces musician
[SEVEN years ago] ‘Call Me’ says their billboard — and their daughter in Scientology did just that
[EIGHT years ago] Mile High and climbing: Chris Shelton helps us tell the tale of Scientology and ‘Miss Lovely’
[NINE years ago] VIDEO: L. Ron Hubbard solves the Cold War and your bad marriage
[TEN years ago] STACY DAWN MURPHY: One Year After Her Death, Still No Answers
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientologists Told that Alexander Jentzsch Died of Reaction to ‘Prescribed Painkiller’


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 3,095 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,610 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,160 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,150 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,031 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,335 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,206 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,311 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,758 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,100 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,666 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,585 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,752 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,334 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,595 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,631 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,347 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,911 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,226 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,401 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,952 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,083 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,421 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,276 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,395 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,751 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,054 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,160 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,558 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,434 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,017 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,512 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,766 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,875 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 19, 2023 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, 1995-2022 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2022), 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…

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