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Los Angeles gets its premiere of the Scientology documentary ‘Brothers Broken’

[Reunited: Robbie and Geoff Levin]

We received this statement from Geoff Levin, and we’re happy to post it here…

It’s been a long journey getting out and speaking out and Tony’s been there from the very beginning of my deprogramming in September 2011, when I read my first article in the Village Voice.

What a journey.

We released our PEOPLE! album after 50 years of disconnection, and we had the world premiere screening of Brothers Broken at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on August 20th. There was great press coverage and interviews with TV stations and radio. We had one more screening for the festival on August 26th at the Icon Theatre and Kitchen.

Now, our Los Angeles premiere is on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Laemmle NoHo7 in North Hollywood.


Our documentary is about Scientology’s toxic disconnection policy but it is also about reconnecting. I have restored so many friendships and met so many wonderful new artists, musicians and filmmakers.

The world outside Scientology has so much to offer. Yes it’s crazy right now and there are amazing, effective people who are genuinely helping and creating positive effects. We all have the potential to do that. I went from victim mode to “Something Can Be Done About It” — my other go to guy Mike Rinder’s blog was my second source of deprogramming after Tony.

I look at where we stand now as Scientology and David Miscavige are exposed every day now.

The billions the church has cannot help them now. The echoes from all our voices started the avalanche that will bury the Scientology organization so it can no longer spread its lies, fraud, and human rights abuses. Thank you, Tony, and all the other whistleblowers. You all have been my guides to a life free of Hubbard’s toxic beliefs.

— Geoff Levin

Geoff points out that Sunday’s LA premiere will take place just a few blocks from Scientology’s Valley Ideal Org. Photo opportunity?


Technology Cocktail

“As Mest is made to help too much, a plateau of civilization is reached in which the individual is downgraded to a number. The end of this—the lights eventually go out through lack of personal initiative and ability. We are in a fantastic position, at the right time and place, to halt this cycle of decay and start a new one on Earth. And I believe we should overtly do so. How? We are masters of IQ and ability.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1960



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

“Where does that leave psychology?…This is the way the wheel is going to turn. And the wheel has already begun its slow inexorable spin. They are about to become a more radical element of Scientology. And we’re about to become the conservatives and they’re about to become the revolutionaries. They’re the Johnny-come-latelys, the cowboys in the black hat. And we’re the old homesteaders, been there a long time. And they’ll give us all the propaganda we want to drive this point home, because it will outrage them to such a degree that every time they pick it up or hear it they will go into a complete scream. They will help us. In every university they will help us. They’ll explain to all of their classes, ‘Hubbard is crazy because he says actually Scientology is a very broad subject that psychology is just a part of,’ Ha-ha-ha! None of the students are laughing. Students can understand a radical offshoot, or a Johnny-come-lately type of an approach that says all men are animals.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 1, 1964



Avast, Ye Mateys

“According to a long newspaper article John F. Kennedy picked up a body in Germany five minutes after he was killed in Texas. Spotting and naming the people of his family and office and mentioning personal habits and actions, this is John F. Kennedy all right, now 7 years old is now the son of Johan Schuler of Munich and has the name of Johan Schuler. The parents are worried about his ability to lead a future normal life. An interesting point is not that he picked up a new body but that Germany is now alert to ‘reincarnation.’” — The Commodore, September 1, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Scientology is NOT dead. It is alive and well, much to the chagrin of squirrels and SPs. The only thing that can kill Scientology is reasonableness and allowing SPs and squirrels to dilute and suppress the philosophy and technology. The way forward is to pour the coals on the purpose of Scientology and validate THAT, not the antithesis.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Letters to the Editor of the St. Petersburg Times were published this week on the subject of Scientology. “To set the record straight, the Church of Scientology not only pays property taxes, but it pays more than anybody in downtown. The Church of Scientology further brings in excess of $100-million to Clearwater through its parishioners, who come from around the world. Let’s not forget that downtown went belly up before we ever located here. After all, that’s why the buildings we bought were empty. The debate is not about needing the church or not. We are members of the community, as are over 10,000 Scientologists who are Clearwater citizens. We are doing our part to contribute to city plans. Our parking needs are being addressed and have not been set in concrete, so as to allow the city to finalize its downtown plans. We don’t want a structure that is but another eyesore like so many other downtown lots. Everyone should applaud the cooperation. – Pat Jones, director of public affairs, Church of Scientology. / Residents of Clearwater will not come downtown as they once did. They do not want to mingle with the Scientologists, who deprive a city of taxes. We all know them as a cult. – N.J. Swan, Clearwater”


Random Howdy

“It’s too bad Russell Crowe didn’t become a full-time Scientologist. He would have been the ultimate batshit crazy Scieno. He would have made Cruise look like Mr. Rogers.”



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:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, first hearing set for Dec 4.
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. Next hearing set for Sept 26.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Next hearing Nov 6.
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] After 9-year appeal, Scientology wins tax exemption in the Netherlands
[TWO years ago] Hot new progress reports from Scientology’s massive world takeover!
[THREE years ago] Leah Remini podcast: Scientology leader’s Fair Game campaign against his own father
[FOUR years ago] Another capital to get a ‘national’ Scientology center. Can you feel the excitement?
[FIVE years ago] A peek inside Janis Gillham Grady’s second volume as ‘Commodore’s Messenger’
[SIX years ago] DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s failed underground vault project in Wyoming
[SEVEN years ago] Marty Rathbun defends Scientology leader David Miscavige as he trashes tell-all memoir ‘Ruthless’
[EIGHT years ago] Louis Theroux film — ‘My Scientology Movie’ — to premiere October 14 at the London Film Festival
[NINE years ago] Signs of chaos emerge for Scientology’s drug rehab legal defense
[TEN years ago] Scientology Leader David Miscavige Files Declaration in Texas Lawsuit


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 3,139 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,654 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,204 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,194 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,075 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,379 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,250 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,355 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,802 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,144 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,710 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,629 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,796 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,378 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,639 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,675 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,391 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,955 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,270 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,445 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,996 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,127 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,465 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,320 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,439 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,795 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,098 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,204 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,602 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,478 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,043 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,556 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,810 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,919 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 1, 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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