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More adventures serving legal papers on the elusive Scientology leader David Miscavige!

Tomorrow in court Jane Doe 1’s legal team will attempt to prove to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that they have made adequate attempts to serve the defendants in her new lawsuit, which was filed in December but only unsealed in June.

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 Gavin Potter, and that she was then given the choice either to go into the Sea Org’s prison detail 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.

There are four defendants that are named in the case besides Potter. They are the Church of Scientology International, Bridge Publications Inc., the Religious Technology Center, and Scientology leader David Miscavige.

In a lengthy new court brief ahead of tomorrow’s hearing, attorney Graham Berry has assembled an exhaustive collection of records showing what the plaintiffs have done to locate and serve papers on the five defendants or their agents.

We’re most interested in Miscavige, of course, because his evasion of service became a national story when a Florida court ruled that he’d been dodging process servers intentionally, and named him a defendant in a case there.


Will the same happen here? Will the court rule that Miscavige is still evading service, and that the legal team in Jane Doe 1’s case has done enough to declare Dave a defendant in her case? We thought you’d be interested in the specific experiences of the process server that Berry and his team hired to try and find Miscavige.

They were apparently mindful that in the Florida case, Miscavige’s attorneys ridiculed efforts to find him there since, they said, Miscavige has been a resident of California for 40 years. So the process server focused mainly on the location that is associated with Miscavige in legal documents, the Hollywood Guaranty Building at 6331 Hollywood Blvd and (confusingly) 1710 Ivar Avenue.

Here are the best excerpts from the dogged efforts of the process server who ultimately did, the legal team hopes, do enough to declare Dave served…

June 23: 1710 Ivar Ave. The doors were locked. They have a ring doorbell-like system. I rang the intercom and there was no answer to the point that the call disconnected. I rang again and again and again (a total of 10 times). By the seventh time, they were disconnecting the call. I walked around the corner to the 6331 Hollywood Blvd. address of the same building. Same thing happened — locked doors. I rang a total of ten times and no one answered.

June 26: As I was approaching the door, a couple of gentlemen were also approaching the door from a location across the street. I tried to enter behind the second person, and he turned around and stopped me. I told him I had something for the legal department. He instructed me to go to the Hollywood Blvd. address. I proceeded to do so. I rang the “ring-like” bell several times. A young woman approached me without saying anything. I asked her if she worked in the building, and she said no. I continued to ring the bell, there was no answer. She asked if I had a delivery to which I said yes. She walked away.

July 4: 4810 W. Sunset Blvd. I registered online and went to the 4th of July party. After I checked in at the front desk, a security guard on a bicycle approached me, said hi and asked how I was doing. We made small talk about bikes for a few minutes. We exchanged names, his name is Odo. I proceeded into the event as we parted ways. About ten minutes later Odo approached me and asked me if I was there to serve papers, he said he saw me at the other building last week. I told him yes, for David Miscavige, is he here? He said no, this is not the right address, he neither has an office or residence there. Odo asked me to leave, I said I would stay until I confirmed my information. He was OK with that and stayed near me while I had a coffee. I walked the entire event then left at 1 pm.

July 14: At 7:25 am a security guard with a dog came out of 6331 Hollywood and walked the area just before an unmarked church bus arrived. About 25 members exited the bus and entered 6331 Hollywood. The security guard and dog followed them in. I observed the comings and goings of what appears to be many different ranks of members and workers, to and from both addresses. I did not see our subject come from or go into the location. Stakeout concluded at 10 am.

July 20, 9 am: 6331 Hollywood Blvd. Substitute Service to John Doe Caucasian man, mid to late 50’s, 5’7″, 145 pounds, light complexion, dark eyes, balding dark hair, wore glasses. He was about to enter the building but turned around when he noticed me behind him. I told him he was being sub served on behalf of David Miscavige and dropped the documents in front of him. He left the documents there and walked around the corner to the Ivar entrance.

July 20, 9:10 am: 1710 Ivar Avenue. Substitute Service to John Doe – Security Guard, Hispanic male, late 20’s, 5’8″, 160 lbs, light complexion, dark hair parted to the side, dark eyes. I asked him if he could direct me to the mailroom or legal department, I have legal documents to serve David Miscavige. He said you will have to serve the agent. I informed him that Miscavige is being sued as an individual and his address is here. I announced that I was substitute serving him with a summons and complaint on behalf of David Miscavige. I tried to hand the documents to him, but he stated that he could not take them so I dropped them at his feet.


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“In Ireland, where we had an office for some years, the problem of processing persons of the Catholic faith was thoroughly worked out and the Church did not consider itself interested in the matter of auditing Roman Catholics and did not restrain any from being audited when Roman Catholics asked permission to be….Scientology is not an heretic religion and demands no belief or faith and thus is not in conflict with faith. Several monsignors of the Church have been interested in Scientology and have approved of our activities. The late Pope Pius was an enemy of psychoanalysis but was heard to express a neutral attitude toward Scientology. He once assisted us in handling a government matter in the United States.” — 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 [49] Mark Ebner



Source Code

“If you really know your E-Meters, go down to your local hometown detective bureau and ask to talk to the lie detector expert and talk to him for a few minutes and he starts giving you some wise, professional chitterchat. Why, you just tell him you’re a psychologist — he understands that, the man has a limited vocabulary, usually — and tell him you use these things all the time in your practice and so forth, and you’d just like to look over his setup. Well, these guys are all bugs and they will show you their setup with their blood pressure gauge and their respirators and the little meter with the cans, you know, except they don’t put them on properly and they don’t register quite right. Now, you can take the same rig and you can so baffle and astound this man, so he just practically blows his brains out. He says, ‘What have I been doing all this time!’ and so on. You can show him a murder reaction on every cop in the place. You don’t say, ‘Have you committed the murder?’ You say, ‘Have you ever killed anyone?’ And promptly, you get duhduh and the respirator goes bluh, the blood pressure indicator goes blah. You could be very cruel and simply say to the lie detector operator, ‘Obviously, your machine is out of order.’ That’s what he’ll think. He’ll have a letter off right away to the manufacturers.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 31, 1958


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Well we found the Anchor! In 50 feet of water, the search has been long — 60 to 70 hours of diving on the bottom. The reason we lost it was the NON FUNCTIONING of the K&H radar range ring, awaiting a part for weeks and not expedited. This made an exact range to the place impossible. A crane barge will pick up the Anchor this morning and get it aboard. Put the shackle on right way to — open end facing aft as the Chain goes across the winch. Then we sail.” — The Commodore, July 31, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“For such a takeover of Scientology in 1972 to succeed there were lots of people (paid by the Deep State) who introduced false data and black PR. Instead of telling us, ‘LRH was an SP,’ they say: ‘LRH said he had been Cecil Rhodes,’ or ‘LRH punished small children by putting them into the chain locker’ or ‘LRH took handfuls of colorful psycho pills.’ Is this actually true or have you read that in the mass media?”


Past is Prologue

1995: A follow-up was posted this week to the announcement of Mike Rinder’s speech on plans to eradicate all Psychiatry. Here, according to an anonymous contributor, is how they plan to do it. “1. Find all the people who have been harmed by the psychs. 2. Befriend these people, and as friends, help them to sue the psychs. 3. BUT..they need to stamp out the breeding grounds too! When they sue the individual psychs, they are going to sue the school that trained them!!! AND…of course it is obvious to anyone that the insurance companies will not long put up with this obvious blatant disregard for the good of humanity on the part of the psychs and their training schools, so they will put this nonsense to rest in short order by refusing to insure these no goods. And, they are embarking on a massive PR campaign. They have just finished a glossy booklet that explains to the public how the psychs are responsible for racism. He read several quotations from the book; they were indeed astounding. And they sent this book out to all the civil rights and minority group leaders, who were, needless to say, astounded. So all they need to do is keep enlightening people, and that will be the end of the psychs.”



Random Howdy

“Hubbard should have just cut to the chase and told the clams that he had discovered that all money was infested with body thetans and that they needed to bring their filthy lucre in to Flag to be audited. He could have called it ‘The Wallet of Fire’.”


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 leader David Miscavige is evading service, says the Valeska Paris team
[TWO years ago] Court file: Brian Statler was never asked to leave Scientology org before being shot
[THREE years ago] Scientology takes aim at Mike Rinder and Hana Whitfield in the Valerie Haney lawsuit
[FOUR years ago] ‘Strange Angel’ goes there, teases Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard at season end
[FIVE years ago] Scientology spilling the secrets of the universe on an LA street!
[SIX years ago] Phil and Willie Jones versus Scientology: The real story of how the billboard came to be
[SEVEN years ago] Harlem gets its Scientology ‘Ideal Org’ today, and David Miscavige doesn’t want you there
[EIGHT years ago] Fresh DOX: Police calls to the Narconon in Fort Collins, Colorado — unedited and unread!
[NINE years ago] Jon Atack: Did L. Ron Hubbard want to be considered a god?
[TEN years ago] Scientology Admits Connection to Slimy Anonymous Attack Sites — Again
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology Spinout: 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 3,107 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,622 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,172 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,162 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,043 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,347 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,218 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,323 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,770 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,112 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,678 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,597 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,764 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,346 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,607 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,643 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,359 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,923 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,238 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,413 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,964 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,095 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,433 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,288 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,407 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,763 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,066 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,172 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,570 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,446 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,029 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,524 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,778 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,887 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 31, 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

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