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The Jane Doe victim statements at Danny Masterson’s sentencing: The transcript

[Listen well, Danny]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: At Thursday’s sentencing, we had a correspondent taking detailed notes of the Jane Doe victim impact statements. Now, we have a transcript of the hearing with a more exact record of those statements and Judge Olmedo’s comments as she sentenced Danny Masterson to prison. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail

“Every time we get up to a high roar, such as now when we’re clearing people as never before, we measure our progress by the violence of reaction in squirreldom. They come down from the trees and start looking for nuts to convince how we’re all wrong. If they weren’t paid to do it I’d be happier. The latest brainwave to greet our highest peak of helping Man is rumors of ‘PDH.’ This is Pain-DrugHypnotism as practiced by the Communists. Brainwashing, in fact. It is interesting that when the Commies fight you, they try to convince people that you’re guilty of their own overts. It is also fascinating that a Commie rumor line is international in scope. The same rumor bursts out in a dozen quarters around the world, spread by paid agents at the same time.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1961




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 [50] Bruce Hines [51] Spanky Taylor and Karen Pressley [51] Geoff and Robbie Levin [52] Sands Hall [53] Jonny Jacobsen [54] Sandy Holeman



Source Code

“As you look over the history of Dianetics and Scientology you’ll see a cycle is in operation. We get more and more complicated, more and more complicated, more and more complicated and then suddenly we get to a new, higher level of simplicity. And then this simplicity gets complicated and more complicated and more complicated and then we get to a new, higher level of simplicity. That’s just a history of me outguessing you.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 12, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys

“DAVID MURDOCK McBRIDE is assigned to Div IV as deckhand. He is to be grooved in on his post by John Wilson. His buddy is Arthur Hubbard. DAVID LEE FARRELL is assigned to Division III as to be Stores In Training. He is to be grooved in by Jay Hurwitz. His buddy is Paul Preston. DEKKI LE MOATE is assigned to Org Bureau Mimeo Files to be grooved in by Mimeo I/C R. Stone. Her buddy is Liz Ausley. HUGH HARRISON is assigned to Div III, Steward. He is to be grooved in by Linda Cusworth. His buddy is Bertie van Hoecke. ROBERT WILLIAMSON is assigned to Org Bu Mimeo Files. He is to be grooved in by Mimeo I/C R. Stone. His buddy is changed to David Ziff. RON STRAUS is assigned to Mimeo Files. He is to be grooved in by Mimeo I/C R. STone. His buddy is Ens. Des Popham.” — The Commodore, September 12, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Many things have happened throughout time which have landed us here, many civilizations have crashed and been condensed, implanters are here on Earth implanting people every day. The way out is to handle Earth. Many people feel that there has to be a techno-space expansion for things to go right, but statistically on the track these civilizations are very degraded and they collapse, only ethical expansion is correct.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Worldwide protests were held last weekend outside Scientology locations, and many of the protesters posted picket reports. Here are excerpts from some of them:

Modemac from Boston: “Evidently Scientology has been looking at my Web page and seeing my promotion for…and from this, they obviously assumed I’m gay. This same fellow also said as he passed by, ‘Got AIDS yet?’ They brought out a video camera and tripod, and kept trying to focus on pertinent parts of the protest. Not that it mattered much. Everyone was polite, and many leaflets were handed out. The threat of bad weather kept some people away from the protest, so that during the high point of the afternoon there were between 10-15 people present from both sides of the controversy. One tall middle-aged guy came out to shadow me, trying to engage me in conversation, though I think I managed to avoid it. He was determined to pinhole me as being an ‘anti-religious bigot,’ and he thought he had me when I stated that I feel that *all* religions are in it for the money. He tried repeating what I said to a passerby as a way to dead-agent me, but I said it first and confirmed it, and that was all he said about that. He also asked questions like, ‘Do you consider yourself an atheist?’ ‘Nope.’ ‘Have you ever been to a psychiatrist?’ ‘Nope.'” Ron Newman, also from Boston, reported “we know where you live” harassment from Scientology. “Some time on Friday, September 6, the day before the Boston picket, someone dropped about 30 ‘Citizens Commission for Human Rights’ leaflets in the lobby of my apartment building, as well as on the windshields of about 10 cars parked on the street immediately outside. No leaflets were dropped in any other buildings on the street, nor on any cars that were further away (such as my own, which happened to be parked on the next block). I understand that this happened to at least one other Boston picketer.”


Random Howdy

“The trick for recognizing an Aussie accent is that they always sound like they’re asking a question.”


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] Court agrees to issue summons for Scientology leader David Miscavige in trafficking lawsuit
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s new campaign to get you to sign its billion-year contract is here!
[THREE years ago] RIFFER: David Miscavige too busy saving Scientology from Covid to be served lawsuit
[FOUR years ago] Hey, kids! It’s open mic night at your local Scientology spaceport!
[FIVE years ago] FLORIDA IS IDEAL: Scientology ushers in glorious new civilization in country’s wang
[SIX years ago] Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Two witnesses detail David Miscavige’s ruthless Scientology takeover
[SEVEN years ago] Steve Cannane’s Oz-flavored Scientology history ‘Fair Game’ gets a UK-US-Canada publisher
[EIGHT years ago] ‘Going Clear’ wins Outstanding Documentary Emmy, also for writing, directing
[NINE years ago] Escaping from a Scientology drug rehab center: A transcript
[TEN years ago] LIVE FROM TEXAS: The Monique Rathbun vs. Scientology Temporary Injunction Hearing
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Chooses an Odd Time to Open a “National Affairs” Office in DC
[TWELVE years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 9: Jason Beghe


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 3,150 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,665 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,215 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,205 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,086 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,390 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,261 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,366 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,813 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,155 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,721 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,640 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,807 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,389 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,650 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,686 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,402 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,966 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,281 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,456 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,007 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,138 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,476 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,331 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,450 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,806 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,109 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,215 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,613 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,489 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,054 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,567 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,821 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,930 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 12, 2023 at 07:00

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