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More letters — from Ethan Suplee and others — on behalf of Danny Masterson to Judge Olmedo

Last week, we created a firestorm when we published letters by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis that they had written to Judge Charlaine Olmedo, asking for leniency after their That ‘70s Show costar Danny Masterson was convicted May 31 for two counts of forcible rape.

Judge Olmedo had to decide between sentencing Masterson to 15-years-to-life or 30-years-to-life, and his family recruited numerous friends and relatives to write letters to the court asking for the shorter sentence.

Judge Olmedo wasn’t swayed, and she sentenced Masterson to 30-years-to-life, and Kutcher and Kunis were the subject of a huge backlash online when we made their letters public.

We said then that there were more letters in the file, and that some of them (written by Danny’s parents and brother Christopher) had been reproduced in the court file in a way that made them difficult to make out. Others, like Ethan Suplee’s letter, were cited only partially in our initial copy of the file. Others we just hadn’t got to yet. We’ve now remedied that, and we can show you additional full letters that were sent to the judge.


Again, these letters were all written to Judge Olmedo after Masterson was convicted of two counts of forcible rape, and before his September 7 sentencing.

Ethan Suplee, actor

To The Honorable Judge Olmedo

I am writing in regard to my friend Danny Masterson. I first met Danny in elementary school when we were children, reconnected with him as teenagers, as we both embarked on our respective acting careers and over the next 3 decades, ended up working with him several times.

I know that Danny has been convicted of forcible rape and is facing a potential sentence of 30 years to life.

My firsthand experience is that Danny is most dedicated to and driven by his family. I would extend this out to his brothers, sister, mom and dad, I would even say that he considers his friends to be family, but I think of him as mostly driven to provide for and protect his wife and daughter. Watching him get married and then become a father had, in my eyes, a profound effect on him. He poured all his efforts into being a father and husband.

When we were teenagers, it was as if Danny was the head of his household as far as his siblings. Each of his younger siblings followed in his footsteps of becoming actors, with his mom being their manager. When he was on a hit TV show — something rare to happen to a working actor — he had every level of agent and manager approach him, but he would not even consider making a change and leaving his family. It was a point of honor for him, that you don’t leave your family. And not that my sensibilities are that different, but I just remember his example of loyalty and honor having had an effect on me.

I worked with Danny a few times and he always took work very seriously, was utterly professional, courteous, and decent to all. In 2010 we shot an episode of a TV show together in North Carolina. As actors, our wardrobe is placed in our dressing rooms (trailers in this instance) every day before work. The clothes are always neatly hung and displayed. When we’re finished with work for the day, we leave our clothes in the dressing room, to be gathered, cleaned, and prepared for the next day. Knowing that my wardrobe was headed for a washing machine, I would just leave it in a pile on the couch. Danny saw this at the conclusion of our first day of work and he seemed horrified by it. He told me that he took great care to rehang all his wardrobe every day, that he treated all aspects of work with respect and expected me to do the same. Since that day I have never again left wardrobe in a heap for someone to collect. This may seem trivial, but it was his attitude that has stuck with me, giving the proper respect to those people and things that I work with.

I can vividly recall the first time I visited him on the set of That 70s Show. I would always turn up to my own sets in sweat pants and flip flops, but when visiting him, was given instructions that I was not to dress like a bum. He treated every job as though it was his responsibility to show that each and every person he was working with was just as important as any other and to set an air of professionalism. This was just as true years later when I was invited to do episodes of his Netflix show, The Ranch. Going to work was something he took very seriously and treated all those he worked with, with respect and professionalism.

Being an actor means that we often don’t know when our next job and paycheck are, there can be more lean times than fat. Every time a job of mine ended, Danny went out of his way to try and find me work on one of his. I saw this with all his friends too, he set me up with another friend who was trying to create a reality show, some of the writers that he worked with on an earlier job we worked together on went on to work on The Ranch because of him. He truly wants all his friends to succeed.

I am sure other people are writing to you about what a dedicated father he is, so I will limit myself to not use up your time with that. All I can say is that though I have known Danny since I was a teenager, later I became a father to 4 daughters and when Danny became a father, it was as if his younger self, full of all his honor and loyalty, could finally realize a true purpose. His wife and daughter are his north star.

I know that Danny was extensively involved with helping firefighters who were ill or injured on 9/11 and invited me to several fundraisers for a charity he set up. And classic Danny it was not enough to just attend the event or give money, but actually hang out with these men from New York, that he now considered friends, and therefore should be considered a friend by me. Another example where he taught me about my responsibility as a person, to actually present and give.

I know there are many factors involved that I don’t pretend to even know or think what I could possibly have to say has any bearing on your responsibility whatsoever, but as this is my moment to say a word on behalf of someone who I have known for over 30 years and has not only always been a friend, but an example to me, I humbly ask you to sentence him with consideration for how/where he could be of best use to society. Because he has value.

Thank you.



Ethan Suplee

Jenni Weinman, Masterson’s former publicist

Judge Olmedo,

I have known Danny Masterson for the past 25 years. For 22 of those years we worked together. I was his publicist through his entire career.

He took pride in being the best version of himself and always exhibited great joy when he or an associate accomplished something meaningful. Nothing was a bigger accomplishment or brought him more joy than the birth of his daughter. I am aware of what this conviction means for him and what he was convicted of. As a mother, it pains me to think of the loss his daughter feels daily without him at home. For the sake of her moments and her life please don’t take him away from her forever.

I have only known Danny to be kind, respectful and engaging. He was always professional. He was always prepared. He was always on time, always considerate of the people that came to meet him or the time of others when he was with them.

I traveled with him many times over and there was never a lack of gratitude for his position or the opportunities that his work provided for him. We came up in this business as young adults together. He had always been a man of great integrity. He lived a meaningful life with a humility about him that allowed for others to shine. He truly wanted to best for those around him.

Jenni Weinman
Former publicist to Danny Masterson

Chris Wadhams, musician, and Bijou’s kidney donor

Honorable Judge Olmedo,

I am writing to express my support for Daniel Peter Masterson.


My affiliation with Danny dates back over two decades, during which time we developed a close friendship. Our association originated in 2004 when he attended one of my band’s performances. Despite our band’s lack of a following or record deal, Danny admired our music and provided us with an invaluable opportunity to feature us playing on his radio program on lndie 101.3 FM. This gesture significantly contributed to our band securing a record deal.

Nearly a decade later, I unexpectedly needed a place to live when my wife and I separated and later divorced. Danny was there for me, helping me get back on my feet, providing me a place to live and being a genuine supportive friend. He helped me through one of the worst periods of my life. I am now happily remarried with a child.

In 2016, circumstances took a grave turn when Danny’s wife, Bijou, urgently required a kidney donor due to kidney failure. She was in dire need, as no family members or acquaintances matched as potential donors. A medical evaluation revealed that I was an ideal match, and two years later, I successfully donated my kidney to save Bijou’s life.

This ordeal was emotionally trying for Danny, who shouldered the responsibilities of caregiving, while managing their baby daughter’s needs and his wife’s medical care. Throughout this challenging period, Danny remained steadfastly devoted to his family, displaying unwavering support even during hospitalizations.

Danny’s generous and caring nature was exemplified by his offer to be a kidney donor for my son, who was diagnosed with diabetes shortly after Bijou’s surgery. He has displayed heartfelt compassion during trying times for both my family and me.

Danny has profoundly shaped my understanding of friendship, empathy, and unwavering support. I know a jury has found Danny guilty of serious charges involving rape by force. This does not represent the man I have known for over 20 years. I ask that you consider all the good that Danny has done in his life.

Christopher Wadhams

Peter Masterson, Danny’s father

Dear Judge Olmedo,

I am Peter Masterson, the father of Danny Masterson. I am writing to provide you with an understanding of the man Danny is, beyond what has been presented in the court proceedings.

Danny’s life started in 1976, when he was born and placed in my arms. I remember whispering to him, “I have a new best friend.” Our bond has remained unbroken ever since.

Being my first born son enabled Danny and me to spend a great deal of quality father/son time together. Danny and I shared a love of baseball, swimming and surfing. During his formative years we spent countless hours having a backyard catch, swimming at Jones Beach and surfing the waves. Danny was always a good son. I have many wonderful memories of our times together but this particular moment in time has always had a special place in my heart. At baseball camp one summer there was a bullying incident where a young boy threw a hard ball pitch directly at Danny’s head, resulting in a serious black eye and swollen forehead. When we were driving home from the hospital emergency room Danny asked me if we could call the parents of the boy who bullied him. It didn’t sit well with my son that for no reason other than the fact that he was seen on a TV commercial that this young man taunted him. He wanted to tell the young boy that he was a regular kid who loved baseball and he wanted to be friends. I say OK and I invited the parents over for a swim. After we all sat down and talked it out, the boy realized that Danny was just another baseball-loving kid like him. This incident showed me early on that Danny possessed a unique ability to navigate difficult situations with a grace that was beyond his years.

Danny discovered his talent at a very early age. At four, he was introduced to Ford Modeling Agency for children. His charisma and maturity beyond his years made him a natural, and he was loved by all who worked with him. His early modeling career eventually led him to acting, which he embraced with equal passion and dedication.


Throughout the years, I’ve watched Danny grow into a successful actor, a dedicated husband, and a loving father. His wife’s battle with kidney disease was a challenging time, but Danny demonstrated immense patience, love, and positivity.

Now, I am seventy-five years old, and the thought of not seeing Danny outside of prison again deeply saddens me. I humbly request the court to consider the man Danny has been throughout his life — a good son, a devoted husband, and a loving father.

Danny’s family, including his mother, stepmother, siblings, wife, and particularly his young daughter who adores and depends on him, all love him dearly. We deeply believe in his potential to positively contribute to his family and society.

I retain hope that one day, my best friend and I will be able to share time together again — perhaps at a baseball game. I ask the court for compassion in its sentencing decision, keeping in mind the loving, dedicated, and upstanding man Danny has been throughout his life.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Peter Masterson

Carol Masterson, Danny’s mother

Dear Judge Olmedo:

I’m writing on behalf of my son, Daniel Masterson. This is the most difficult letter I have ever written. How do I sum up my life with the child I raised and watched grow into a remarkable, humble, and caring man? Sitting through two court trials that concluded with my son’s two convictions for rape by force is not just heartbreaking for me, it is shocking. I hope by providing you this personal information, you will gain more insight into the person he is.

I brought up four children, a daughter and three sons, with Daniel being the oldest. When Danny was born, Danny’s father and I were living in a small house in Happauge, Long Island. This was near where my sister and her family lived. I was working as an ER Nurse at the time. Pete Masterson, Danny’s father was selling insurance. We lived a simple middle-class life. When Danny was 9 months old, we moved back to Nassau County to be closer to my work at the hospital and Pete’s office. Danny’s brother, Christopher, was born 4 years later. We were happy and content with our lives.

Pete was a great father to the boys, playing sports with them and taking them to their baseball and hockey games. Danny was easygoing and friendly. He was an active, sporty, and social child who surrounded himself with friends and family from early on. He started playing little league when he was 5 years old and continued into high school where he made the Varsity team in his freshman year. Danny also played on the local ice hockey team. His childhood teammates remain friends to this day.

Unexpectedly, our lives changed when we were still living on Long Island. When Danny was four, while walking in a park, a casting agent stopped to ask me if I would be interested in Danny modeling children’s clothes for magazines and commercials. She left me her card. I didn’t respond at that time, but I was contacted several more times over the years by agents. Danny was a blond, curly-haired kid with an outgoing personality. He was what they were looking for at the time. Several years later, I decided to look into it and sent Danny’s and Christopher’s photos to the Ford Agency, which had the best reputation as a family modeling agency. To my surprise, they signed Danny and Chris and they started getting calls to work immediately.

I knew nothing about the modeling or commercial world but Danny wanted to do it. The boys and I would take the train into Manhattan for auditions, and made a day of it by visits to museums, libraries, and theatres. I believe this is when Danny developed his love of books and the Arts. I would also take them to Central Park where they would ride their bikes around or roller skate. In the beginning, we just had fun.

Danny was soon cast in commercials and hired for photo shoots at some of the largest department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, JC Penney and others. He was on the cover of Parent Magazine. It was demanding work for a kid that required discipline. But Danny really loved it. I would have never stayed with it if he didn’t want to do it.


I was always there when my sons were working, making sure they were treated fairly and stayed safe. Being in that world, I learned a lot about the business and took on the role of being their Business Manager. Even though our lives were changing along with our standard of living, Danny remained humble, kind, and generous. Even after his success, he never flaunted it or tried to make anyone feel like he was better than them. He encouraged all his friends to do their best and championed them in their endeavors. I remember a time while Danny was waiting for his turn at an audition and there was another boy up for the same role who was really nervous. Danny began to coach the kid, encouraging him to relax and helping him memorize his lines.

Being the first born, he took on the role of being a mentor, protector, and friend to his siblings. He would spend many hours with his little brothers in the backyard, teaching them to hit and throw a ball. They looked up to him and the whole family went to his games to watch him play. Every year during the months of baseball season, Danny would not work so he could play on a team. He was still a normal kid. He did chores around the house, he mowed the lawn and was a stickler for keeping his room clean, unlike his brother Chris, whose room was always a mess.

Danny’s father and I divorced in 1984, when Danny was 9 and Christopher was 6. Even after I moved to Florida with the boys, Pete remained a strong role model for his sons and visited them every month. I remarried in Florida and my two youngest children Jordan and Alanna were born there. Danny adored his younger siblings and always watched over them and protected them. My second marriage ended after 8 years, leaving me as a single mother. Jordan’s and Alanna’s father was a negative presence in their lives and Danny became more than a big brother, he became their role model. My children have a strong bond and really love each other.

When we moved to Los Angeles, I was a single mother with 4 children. Danny was a teenager with siblings who were 10 and 12 years younger. He would help me on the kids’ school runs, baseball practices, ballet classes. Whatever they needed, he was there. When I worked late, he made them dinner. He tutored them on their homework and made sure they went to bed early.

His siblings looked to him for guidance and advice into adulthood. He made sure they knew right from wrong. Danny would talk to his siblings about the dangers of drugs and their harmful effects.

The children followed in Danny’s footsteps and became actors. Like him, they all learned to work hard and be kind on set by learning all of the crew’s names, as well as other signs of respect. So, it was natural for Danny after he booked That 70s Show to offer guidance to the younger and less experienced child actors he was working with. He mentored them, and he warned them of the dangers of drugs that ruined the lives of so many people in the industry. He did that to be there for his colleagues, which is why so many of them, from cast to crew, became close friends.

Since I was a registered nurse, Danny would often ask my advice about health problems for sick colleagues. He would pay for their health care when they were too ill to work. He knew firsthand what it was to be sick as he grew up with bad asthma, sometimes requiring hospital visits for breathing treatments. As he got older, he developed severe allergies and would break out in hives over his entire body. Sometimes work took him to places all over the world and when he would have an allergy crisis, he would have to locate a doctor to get a steroid shot. Danny was not a complainer but his allergies have affected him so severely that his eyes swell shut.

Once the investigation of Danny began, he could no longer work as an actor. He sold his house in Los Angeles and moved his family to their farm in Santa Ynez. Danny has dedicated himself to constructing a winery on the land, laboring all day and into the night to build a new life for his family. He took many classes to learn the business and even became a sommelier. As always, he made friends with his neighbors and always offered a helping hand when they needed it.

One of their neighbors, Farmer Craig, told me that Danny drove by one day while he was planting lavender in his field. Danny showed up the next day with his tools, along with several other neighbors to help.

Because Bijou has been ill so much over the years, Danny became mother and father to their young daughter. Now, with him no longer there, it has been hard for Bijou to be home raising their daughter alone. While she has some help from family members, the burden falls on her to do what Danny always did for their daughter.

The winery business is also dependent upon him. I’m not sure how they’ll continue without him there. There is also the very real possibility that Bijou’s body will reject her new kidney. If that happens, I worry about my granddaughter.

I know what you have heard about Danny in court. I hope that my letter, along with countless others from friends and family, will give a fuller picture of my son and his contributions to his family, friends, co-workers, and community. I humbly ask that you consider his whole life when deciding on his sentence and his family’s future.

Respectfully Yours,
Carol Masterson


Christopher Masterson, Danny’s brother and actor on ‘Malcolm in the Middle’

Dear Judge Olmedo,

I am Danny Masterson’s younger brother by four years. Sitting through both trials and listening to what was said about him was quite a trying experience. The things I heard were not reflective of the brother that I know and have spent my life with. I hope you will consider the information in this letter when you decide on his sentence. I am not writing about his case or conviction, but about the person I know, possibly better than anyone else, as his brother and best friend for nearly his entire life.

Everything I remember from my own life has involved Danny. In the 1980s, as little kids, we began working on the same week of the same summer and continued until the winter of 2017. He was the best man at my wedding, and I was the best man at his. We both helped my mom raise our younger siblings, and for me, as both an older and younger brother, he taught me a lot about life, relationships, and how to treat others.

When I was twelve years old, I was playing with a friend after school when Danny heard me ask him if he was sad because his dog had recently died. He pulled me aside and said, “Don’t ask people questions about things that make them feel sad unless you know how to help them feel happy again.” That comment sums Danny up in a few short words. He has always, always thought about other people from the angle of “what do they need?” and sometimes, more importantly, “what do they not need?” And, when possible, “what can I do to help them fix it?”

For some reason, people often confide in Danny and tell him about their wins and losses in life. He has always made time for others when they’ve described their problems, and he always strives to be a part of their solution.

He has gotten jobs more for out-of-work people than anyone I have ever known. When someone tells him they can’t find a job, he’ll immediately ask a million questions, trying to assess their skills and unique talent until he has his lightbulb moment that inevitably brings him to an “ahh! I got it; you should work for such and such a company doing such and such a job. You would love working there. I know someone over there. I’m calling them right now to get you hired!” Anyone who has ever been on the set of a production Danny has been involved with, would have noticed no less than ten or so crew members who Danny got hired on from previous projects he’d worked on.

There is a painter in New York named Mike Sagato who told me on the day I met him that he has a career specifically because of Danny. He said he was working in the hospitality industry and met Danny at a restaurant. Danny saw a small picture of a painting he had made and inquired about it. Mike went on to describe how his passion was fine art and explained how he had attended four years of art college, but had yet to find a way to make a living from it. He said Danny then called a bunch of companies, told them that Mike was a great talent, and asked them to sponsor an art show so that the masses could be exposed to his work. No companies wanted to sponsor an unknown artist, so Danny then offered to host the show and was able to lock in two sponsors. The show was a great success. Mike sole many of his paintings and has made a living making art ever since. Mike said, “I couldn’t believe this guy I’d just met was doing all this for me. He even flew out on his own dime to hose the show and got nothing in return. I’ll never forget that.”

If you ever got to know Danny in his everyday life, you would quickly realize that there are hundreds of stories like Mike’s. On several continents, men and women from all walks of life tell similar stories about a life-altering encounter with Danny. As a brother and a friend to me, and as a friend and extended family member to people all over the world, he has a deep drive to be of service to others.

All the thanks Danny could ever have hoped for occurred in 2014 when the universe rewarded his wife and him with a baby girl. From the moment he met his daughter, his focus and priority have been her, above all other things. Their relationship is that of a father and daughter and that of two very best friends. A regular day for them involves picking her up from school and bringing her to one of her favorite restaurants, where they will sit, talk, and eat for an hour or more. They will then go home and climb the hill behind their house to work in their garden and vineyard together until dinner time, at which point they will go home to eat and play board games or work on her homework, watch a movie, or read books before he gives her a bath and then lays in bed and tells her stories while she falls asleep.

I very much hope he can be with her again. He will miss her teenage years, but could eventually be there to help her through many of life’s firsts. Alternatively, for all intents and purposes, she will not have a father for the rest of her life. He is everything to her, and she would love nothing more than to be reunited with him..

I appreciate you taking the time to read my letter.

Christopher Masterson


Eric Balfour, actor

The Honorable Judge Olmedo,

My name is Eric Balfour. I am the founder of Off The Grid Entertainment, a Los Angeles based production company. I have known Danny for almost thirty years. We met as teenagers when we were both working as actors on the same project and our families have been close friends ever since. I was drawn to Danny because of his integrity and sincerity. Danny was always kind and respectful on set and to anyone he came in contact with. He was always the first to protect and defend someone weaker than himself er someone who was be bullied in any way.

In the many years of knowing Danny I have only ever seen him to be a kind, compassionate, and a caring person especially to his daughter and wife who loves beyond measure. Danny is an incredibly loving and present father, an honorable husband, and ethical provider.

There are countless instances of Danny’s kindness and empathy that! have seen over the course of our friendship. I have seen Danny go above and beyond to help someone in need even myself. There was never a time when if I was facing a challenging decision or gotten my heart broken when Danny wouldn’t rush to meet me, and sit, and listen, and offer an empathetic word of advise to ease my pain. This is truly the core of the person that I know.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this as you make this decision that will affect so many people’s lives.

Eric Balfour

Francoise Koster, owner La Poubelle

The Honorable Judge Olmedo,

I am writing to provide a heartfelt testimony about my esteemed friend Danny. I am a 56-year-old chef and restauranteur, deeply immersed in the culinary world while also dedicating a significant portion of my time to rescuing dogs with disabilities. I have also volunteered around the world working towards the betterment of children and animal welfare issues.

My upbringing is rooted in our family-owned restaurant, an integral part of the Los Angeles community for over five decades. My spiritual journey has led me from my Catholic upbringing to embrace Buddhism as a guiding force in my life.

In the three decades of our friendship, I have had the honor of witnessing Danny’s extraordinary qualities and the profound impact he has on those around him. As a parent, Danny’s devotion and love shine brightly. Despite his own challenges, including severe allergies, he has transformed his living space into a haven brimming with animals, creating a sanctuary for his daughter. Their bond is a beacon of inspiration, evident whether they’re camping in Yosemite, nurturing their garden, or engrossed in a game of chess. Danny’s unwavering presence and guidance embody the essence of a dedicated father. In times when the absence of a traditional family structure has left me navigating life’s milestones alone, Danny’s unwavering support has been a source of solace and strength. With open arms, he and his family have embraced me wholeheartedly, extending invitations to their gatherings and holidays. And despite his severe allergies to animals, Danny has gone above and beyond, ensuring that my canine companions are always included. His compassion and kindness transcend personal discomfort.

When Bijou, his wife, faced the challenges of kidney failure, Danny’s dedication took center stage. His unwavering commitment was a testament to his resilience and determination. He left no stone unturned, overcoming distance and obstacles to ensure her well-being. His grace and spirit during those trying times were awe-inspiring. With the support of Danny’s remarkable circle of friends, a miracle happened – a matching kidney was found, ultimately saving Bijou’s life.


I am aware that Danny was convicted of multiple force by rape, but as you contemplate Danny’s circumstances, I urge you to reflect upon these facets of his character. His commitment as a parent, a husband, a son, brother, and friend.

Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Francoise Koster

David Trainer, television director

To The Honorable Judge Olmedo:

I am writing in support of the character of Daniel Masterson, who faces sentencing in your court for two counts of forcible rape. I am a television director. I worked with Danny on a daily basis on two series, “That ’70s Show” and “The Ranch,” for a total of 12 years over a period of about 20 years. He is a colleague, and a friend, and a man I know well.

Television can be a stressful business. I’ve seen Danny relaxed, and under pressure, and he is always calm, considerate, and concerned with the well being of others. Actors can be demanding. He is the opposite. He is a hard working, disciplined cast member who is always attentive to his fellow actors, the interests of the crew, the quality of the work environment, and the feelings of the people around him. People like him and respect him and· look up to him. He has the natural authority of someone people trust.

Early in “That ’70s Show,” when the young cast was just becoming known, one of our actresses was being harassed by the manager of her gym. Danny was indignant on her behalf about this inappropriate behavior. l was 30 years older, their director and mentor, and Danny came to me with the actress to discuss how to stop the abusive behavior. He was her friend and her advocate and together we settled on a plan to stop the problem. He didn’t just disapprove of bad behavior. He wanted to stop it and make things right. He knew when peoples’ feelings were hurt, when people needed support, when he could help. That ’70s Show featured scenes of carefree kids smoking pot. But in his personal life, Danny was always strictly opposed to drugs of any kind. The cast made a pledge to each other, which they keep faithfully, never to do drugs. Danny’s personal opposition was central to that commitment. He is a man of upright values. When you know someone well for a long period of time, there is much you can say in support of his character. But as you consider Danny’s future, l hope this brief glimpse will give you some sense of the man who stands before you.

David Trainer

Phil Esau, retired Deputy Sheriff

Dear Judge Olmedo:

The purpose of this letter is to lend opinion to the character of Danny Masterson.


My name is Phil Esau, and I’m a retired Deputy Sheriff. I’ve known Danny for approximately (5) years (our daughters ride horses at the same barn in Santa Ynez), and during that time I’ve only know Danny to be a devoted husband and father. The charges against Danny came quite as a surprise to all of us. After 30 plus years in law enforcement I thought I had a decent, if somewhat jaded, grasp of character and I fail to see any predator instinct in Danny’s character.

The penal system serves two main points. The first being punishment for a crime. (12) people found Danny guilty, so be it, let the penalty fit the crime. The second point however, is to rehabilitate and reintroduce a person back into society as a productive member. I believe Danny is already a productive member of society and a lengthy sentence might have an opposite effect.

I don’t envy your position for sentencing. No matter what sentence you hand down, people are not going to be happy. I’ve seen the stress of this case on Danny and his wife, Bijou, for the last (2) years. Danny’s livelihood was immediately affected by his arrest and so not being able to work in his profession (acting), he threw himself into starting a small family winery on their property. Even that now is on hold. However, my biggest concern is that Danny’s (9) year old daughter will be growing through her formative years without her father. And that’s just hard.

Phil Esau

Travis Warner, film composer

Dear Judge Olmedo,

My name is Travis Warner. I am a composer for film and commercials, and a children’s music songwriter. Danny has been, a close friend of mine the past 4+ years. He has always been extremely generous and caring towards me.

I am aware of his conviction on 2 c:ounts of forcible rape, with a potential sentence of 30 years to life in prison. I find this not only tragic for Danny’s life, but a devastating blow to his wife, daughter, family and friends who all depend on him for their own well-being.

Danny is an amazing father and provider for his family. He has stuck by his wife Bijou’s side through very difficult times. When she had kidney failure a few years back, he helped her to find a donor and nursed her back to health. He helps his daughter in learning, and with new experiences in life in a clear effort to build character. He helps her with her homework and helps her get ready for bed in the evenings. She helps him with his vineyard, and seeing the two of them work together is evidence not only of his love and care for his daughter, but of her admiration and love for her father. He is gentle with her, kind and tolerant.

When he was blacklisted as an actor due to the rape allegations, he had to quickly find a new way to provide for his family. He immediately got to work building a new business from the ground up. I’ve seen him spend countless hours working in the field, learning to be a sommelier, learning about growing vines, fermentation, and every aspect of his new enterprise. He works long hours in the field, cultivating and pruning his vineyard in order to provide for his family. During harvest season, he invites me to help out and partake in the fun. He works through the night picking grapes and through the entire following day preparing the harvest for processing.

He is extremely generous and liberally shares his wealth with so many of his friends. Even before we became close, he would invite me to his home to share in weekend activities with friends. As a close friend, he offers his home any time I am nearby, and invites me for weekend getaways to relax. He is a very social person, and a stable friend for neighbors and their children, inviting people over to his house to play in the pool or grill on weekends.

While he has been unable to work as an actor recently, I have seen him use his understanding of this art form to help others. I saw him work with his sister Alanna in developing her character for an audition. He helped her dive deeper into the life and background of the person she was portraying. It showed me how interested he is in humanity and, as an artist, how much he loves his craft. He is extremely knowledgeable and works hard to share that knowledge with others so they may succeed in their own endeavors.

I hope you will take these positive aspects of Danny’s life and character into account.


Sincerely yours,
Travis Warner

Erica Krusen, LMFT

The Honorable Judge Olmedo,

I am writing this letter as a friend to provide a character reference for Danny Masterson, who is facing sentencing in your court. I understand the gravity of the situation and the importance of the court’s decision in this matter.

As someone who has known Danny personally for 15 years, I have had the opportunity to observe his actions, behavior and interactions with others. Based on my experiences, I would like to highlight several aspects of his character that may offer a comprehensive view for the court’s consideration.

I want to emphasize that Danny is an individual of good moral character and has always shown a genuine desire to be an upstanding member of his community, volunteering and participating in activities that reflect a desire to positively impact society. Having worked in the non-profit sector for the last 20 years, I have witnessed his willingness to give back to the underserved and disadvantaged. As an avid music fan, Danny often participated in fundraisers over the last 15 years that I would hold for MusiCares (safety net of resources for the music community) and the GRAMMY Foundation (music education) and took a real interest in how we helped serve those in need. This in not only a reflection of his compassionate nature, but also a testament to his understanding of the privilege he holds. He recognizes that he has been fortunate in various aspects of his life, and he feels a responsibility to share his blessings with those who are less fortunate.

Despite his own struggles over the last few years, I watched him offer support to mutual friends facing challenges of their own. His strong ability to connect with and uplift others has had a positive impact on those around him.

Danny has shown remarkable dedication to personal growth as a father since his daughter was born. As a father, Danny has consistently shown a deep and genuine love for his child. His interactions are characterized by warmth, attentiveness and a desire to provide a stable and nurturing environment. His daughter has always been his top priority and I have personally been able to witness his sincere efforts to foster a health and supportive parent-child relationship.

I trust in the court’s wisdom to make a just decision and appreciate the opportunity to provide additional detail to his character.

Thank you,
Erica Krusen, LMFT

Daniel Acuna

My name is Daniel Acuna, I am a longtime friend of Danny Masterson, having known him for 20 years. I am sadly aware that he was convicted of 2 counts of rape by force and is facing a 30-year sentence. This is not the Danny I know.


I have lived in the San Fernando Valley my entire life. My wife and I currently own and operate 21 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants called JM Valley Group, where we have donated over $600,000 to local charities in 10 years, sat on the National Advisory Council for Jersey Mike’s, and received a Citizen’s Award from councilman John Lee for our involvement with “Lunches with Love” give back program. We have 300+ employees and have made owners out of 3 of our team members who started with us as crew members and are now full-fledged partners in multiple stores. I started my career in entertainment working as Wilmer Valderrama’s personal assistant on That ‘70’s Show in 2003, on which he was a primary character/actor alongside Danny Masterson. My wife and I are Partnership Members at Rocky Peak Church in Simi Valley. In the 20 years that I have known Danny, he has been the most consistent, steadfast, and loyal friend that I know. He has strong convictions and does not waiver on them. He has been a friend, big brother, mentor, advocate, and leader to me for as long as I have known him – treating me and others the same as he treats everyone, with class, kindness and authenticity. As a “lowly” assistant, he would welcome me into his dressing room, introduce me to his friends and family have me over at his house, attend my birthday patties and treat me like someone who cared about me at the age of 21.

Danny is a leader who I’ve constantly gone to for advice. He has made a significant and immeasurable impact on my life that has also benefitted my family I would not be who I am today without Danny.

When I worked on That 70’s Show, Danny was the big brother to everyone. He constantly warned his coworkers, like Wilmer, and reminded me as a part of the group that we needed to all act like professionals and be good citizens. “If one of us gets in trouble or gets caught in the spotlight for something negative, the whole cast and crew could suffer. Put the show first and your coworkers first – make wise choices.” Danny treated the staff and everyone on set as family. He would host craps and poker Friday nights after tapings for everyone to play, he made us all feel welcome. Wilmer had a tendency to spend too much money, and “throw it away” on big dinners, nightclubs, alcohol, travel and friends. Danny would encourage Wilmer to be more frugal and save for the future – when Wilmer continued his spending ways, Danny told me: “Look out for him. I know he likes to pick up the tab for all of his friends, but ask everyone to throw in 20 bucks. Those small things will make the rest of his friends realize it’s not always a free ride and they need to chip in. If Wilmer continues down this path, he will be broke by 30.” He was always looking out for all of us.

One of the most important things Danny did for me personally was having deep, long and open conversations about my son – who was born when I was 19 years old. My son was diagnosed with ADD, ADHD and was “on the spectrum” from a very young age. I will never forget Danny telling me, “Your son is a special kid. Don’t take that away from him.” He told me to look for more creative ways to get his attention. I took this to heart, we removed my son from his current school because of the large class size of 30 kids, and moved him to a smaller school that had class sizes of 6 kids. He went on to graduate Jr. High as a 4.0 student, and graduated high school with a GPA of 3.86. He was on the Dean’s list at Moorpark Junior College and is now studying music at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, where he has an academic and music scholarship. He is an incredible musician who writes, produces, engineers, plays five instruments and has perfect pitch – and he overcame his obstacles and stayed the special person he has always been. Danny changed my son’s life.

Danny has also been one of the most positive influences on me in my relationship with my wife Bethany, who is the mother to my 19 year-old son, and we now have two other children. When I met Danny in 2003, we were thinking about getting married, but didn’t make that choice until 2012, and we broke up for two years along the way. Danny was adamant and direct with me during my dating relationship that I needed to be a man of integrity & always 100% honest with my girlfriend, fiancee or wife.

When I was 25, I took Bethany on a trip to NYC where I found the Hotels to be very expensive. Danny let me stay in his apartment for free. When I was 27 and went to France for Cannes Film Festival for work and had a really bad hotel, he offered for me to come stay with him at a house he rented with friends. When my oldest son who is now 21 comes back from school on break, we go visit and stay with Danny at his house in Santa Ynez. Danny clears his schedule, takes us to his favorite wineries, has us help him cut grapes in his vineyard, takes us to his favorite restaurant, and treats us like family.

Danny has been one of the best fathers I have ever met by far. He encourages his daughter to read, have and learn how to care for animals, and pursue good things. He’s proud of how smart she is. When I’m visiting and we go to dinner, he brings her with him. He is an intentional father, unwavering, he is not a lazy parent or husband, he is an example to us all.

I love Danny, and he will continue to be one of my life mentors and someone I look to for answers and advice. He will always give me the real and right responses, even if they’re hard or not what I want to hear. He encourages me in my business, marital relationship, and as a father to be my best and to prioritize what’s most important.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Daniel Acuna
Jersey Mike’s Subs Franchisee

Theresa Ashton

Honorable Judge Olmedo,

My name is Theresa Ashton, and I am a personal friend of Danny Masterson who I have known since 2006. For the past 30+ years I have worked for the two largest law enforcement unions as the executive Assistant to the President’s of each of these unions. My most important role in my opinion has been my work to support NY Police Widows and Childrens fund for fallen officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. While doing that work and helping to raise funds for other charity work for the victims of 9/11, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Danny. I met Danny at a fundraiser after I was seated at his table, and I honestly had no idea who he was. We talked all night and really hit it off and became very close as friends. We have always kept in touch by texting, phone calls, and whenever I would visit Los Angeles, we would have dinner and when he comes to New York City we would meet. After his daughter was born, I was so happy, and he was so excited to introduce me to her that he came to my office with her one day.


Danny is not only a great person, father, and husband, he is one of my most trusted and great friends. Whenever I needed something, I could call and ask him for anything, and he would do it, no questions asked. Yes, Danny did a lot for the members of the police department and all 9/11 rescue workers and victims of that tragic day. He helped raise millions of dollars so that rescue workers could receive free
medical care for a decade. For all of his charitable efforts and hard work, the NYC SBA nominated Danny for the prestigious “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” which he was awarded in 2013. Danny also was awarded the SBA “Heroes” at the SBA Heroism Dinner for all that he had done in NYC for the rescue and recovery workers after 911.

It is my pleasure to call Danny my friend. He has always shown a passion to help others expecting nothing in return. After 9/11, the people of NYC were in pain and suffering, Danny was there for the people of NYC in a way that very few others were. He brought thousands of smiles to all those that met him and more importantly he brought them real help. He has been a trustworthy, honest, kind, and reliable friend to me, my family, and the Heroes of 9/11. I love Danny and would do anything for him.

Theresa Ashton

Owen Elliot-Kugell

To The Honorable Judge Olmedo,

My name is Owen Elliot- Kugell. I am writing to you today regarding my friend, Danny Masterson. I know Danny has been convicted of two counts of forcible rape and is facing an extremely lengthy prison sentence. I have known Danny since he and my dear friend Bijou were married. Bijou and I are like family; her Papa and my Mama were in a band together in the 60s. She’s the little sister I never had, and I thrilled in watching Danny and Bijou become parents in 2014 to a sweet baby girl. She is the spitting image of them both, and the center of their worlds. As it should be.

In early 2017, we learned that Bijou was extremely ill. She was hospitalized here in Los Angeles, while doctors figured out what was happening, and how to treat her. It was a terrifying period. Danny didn’t leave his wife’s side, moving into her hospital room and sleeping next to her every night. In the mornings, I would arrive to relieve him, and he’d head home to have breakfast with their toddler and spend some time with her. Before long, we learned that Bijou would need to have major surgery; a kidney transplant was needed. Her life depended on it. She was placed immediately on dialysis, and a search was begun for a donor. In April of 2017, Bijou underwent successful transplant surgery in Chicago, Illinois, where the best doctors were located that treated her medical condition. Danny rented a house in Chicago for six months, while Bijou recuperated, flying back and forth to Los Angeles to work. I know it was hard for him to leave his wife and daughter in Chicago, but I held the fort down when he left. We all became very close during that time, and I got to know Danny more. We’d all been scared when Bijou had gotten so sick. I suppose situations like that draw people together, and thankfully, she’s okay today. However, nothing is forever, and all transplants have a finite existence. We will likely have to navigate this experience again in her lifetime.

I know Danny to be a fantastic father, and husband. Family is of the utmost importance, and he maintains close relationships with all his siblings and with his parents. The Masterson House is almost never without the clamor of family and children and the guest bedroom is always occupied by a visiting family member. A full house, to be sure. I’m hopeful that the time that Danny will be away from his daughter will be as painless as it can possibly be, for them bot’1. It will not be easy, but I pray that the time will go quickly, and that Danny will be able to rejoin his family as soon as possible. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


Owen Elliot-Kugell

Chris Kantrowitz

Dear Judge Olmedo,


I am writing to you today on behalf of my dear friend, Danny Masterson, who stands before you awaiting sentencing. With a heavy heart and a deep sense of urgency, I implore you to consider this letter as a testament to Danny’s character, one which I have been privileged to witness for the past 30 years.

During this time, I have known Danny to be not only a friend but a brother who never falters in his role as the moral compass within our circle of friends. With the affectionate nickname “the Mayor,” he uniquely holds those around him accountable, pushing us to strive for the highest standard of behavior while embodying these standards.

In his role as a father, Danny’s unwavering commitment and love are truly exemplary. His beautiful daughter stands testament to this dedication, and it is clear to all who know him that his role as a father is a responsibility he treasures deeply.

Despite his elevated status, Danny never placed himself above others during his professional career. Instead, he used his position to advocate for unity, treating everyone on set with equality, regardless of their roles. His ability to remember everyone’s names and his constant concern for their well-being fostered an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation.

Danny’s capacity for altruism extends far beyond his immediate circle. When adversity struck our nation during the 9/11 catastrophe, Danny stood tall in solidarity, raising significant funds for the healthcare of injured firefighters. This noble act is one of many instances where Danny has selflessly given his time and resources to aid those in need. Furthermore, Danny has consistently shown a deep-seated commitment to helping struggling artists. His support goes beyond mere words of encouragement, extending to practical help such as providing them a home, co-hosting events where they can sell their art, or even buying their work. His compassion for these individuals and his efforts to lift them up illustrate his empathetic nature and his strong belief in human potential.

Danny’s reputation as a person of high integrity extends across a broad spectrum of individuals, cutting across all genders and walks of life. He has a unique ability to connect with people on a genuine level, valuing their character over their status. His strong belief in goodness and honesty reflects the values he embodies, making him a loved and respected figure in many communities.

As you weigh the gravity of the charges against Danny, I humbly implore you to consider the entirety of the man who stands before you. A man who is more than the sum of these charges.

Throughout his life, he has demonstrated unwavering integrity, empathy, and selflessness, extending his support to anyone in need, regardless of their status.

As a friend, a father, a colleague, and a humanitarian, Danny has touched countless lives. His contributions to his community and society have been significant and meaningful. Therefore, I ask you to consider these factors as you deliberate on his sentencing.

Thank you for your consideration and tor the time you have taken to read this letter.

Chris Kantrowitz

Nicholas Boyle

Dear Judge Olmedo,


My name is Nick Boyle, and I am Head of Real Estate Development for a multibillion-dollar investment company in New York City. I met Danny Masterson in 2004 when I was a 24 year old personal assistant in London, and we have been friends ever since. I am not a Scientologist, nor have I ever been.

It is uncomfortable for me to write this letter around such a sensitive topic. But it would have been even more uncomfortable for me not to write in support of the person who, looking back, has been one of my most supportive and pivotal friendships. Danny was there as a friend for me in some of the toughest times in my life. It is hard for me to reconcile what has been said about him in the press in the past year with the person I have known incredibly well for nearly 20 years.

Over those 20 years, I have stayed with and lived with Danny for months at a time. I travelled with Danny, travelled with Danny and friends, and both stayed and travelled with Danny, Bijou and their wonderful daughter. I know him as well as anyone. Danny was always the same person with his friends, family, in public and one-on-one.

In 2006 and 2007, I had been privately struggling with constant illness and fatigue. After seeing numerous doctors in London over an 18 month period, there was still no diagnosis as to the cause. I was unable to stay awake for longer than 5 hours and was constantly suffering from viruses and infections caused by a weakened immune system. I was frustrated that we were continually treating the symptoms, but not the root cause of the issue. At the wedding of a mutual friend, Danny pulled me aside noticing that I wasn’t my usual self and quizzed me.

After confessing my health issues, Danny convinced me to fly to Los Angeles and see his Doctor who quickly diagnosed me with Haemochromatosis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the first causing the latter. Haemochromatosis is a lifelong hereditary disease where your body overproduces iron and can cause organ and joint damage, potentially shortening your life. I remained in Los Angeles for 3 weeks for treatment and Danny put me up in his guest room during that time, helped me with the cost of treatment, and drove me to the early treatments until my strength had returned. I returned to London feeling like a new man and remain forever grateful to Danny for it. Had he not helped me with that treatment, who knows how much longer I would have suffered from the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Haemochromatosis is very manageable once you know you have it, but when the iron has thickened your blood as much as mine was back then, it is debilitating.

This example shows how caring and supportive that Danny is as a friend, and it is a script that I have seen play out over-and-over throughout the years to so many people that Danny’s has been so generous with his time, with his compassion and his counsel. I have always been in awe of how people have been naturally drawn to Danny, and he has been a north-star for so many in an extended family and friend group. I’ve watched him countless times give time to people who have asked for his advice.

I even remember Danny and me getting up early one Sunday morning in 2005 to drive to a young artist’s studio in downtown LA because the artist had asked him to see their work and give them advice on where to exhibit it. I’ve also watched Danny lecture friends who had cheated on their girlfriend or boyfriend, or done drugs, or something immoral, or even if they were simply rude to a waitress.

I have only ever seen Danny treat everyone with respect, and those around him were expected to treat others with respect as well. I’ve always admired how he sets the tone and led by example. Danny would try to help people achieve success and would share in his. The first 4-5 years after I met him, and in the height of his fame, Danny hosted a Jazz club in Los Angeles with a Jazz band on Sunday nights. He invited young musicians and successful famous musicians to jam together to a lounge packed with 400 people. He loved that the young musicians got to interact with their idols and he passed on every dollar that was made those night to the band and young guests. He did it because he loved bringing people together and seeing their careers grow.

These last 9 years, I have watched Danny blossom into a father, and have stayed at the family home with Danny, Bijou and their young daughter many times. We have also shared a vacation rental home 5-6 times for 10-14 days in Lake George, in upstate New York, where Bijou grew up, and in a twist of fate, where I was a camp counselor. I
have only ever seen Danny display patience, care and support to his daughter. They would often facetime me together on car rides and Danny would never lose patience with her.

This is the Danny I know, and the only Danny I’ve ever seen over those 20 years. While I understand the nature of the crimes that Danny has been convicted of dating from 2001-3, I hope that I have been able to provide some insight to the person that Danny is today, and has been since we met in 2004.

Yours sincerely,
Nick Boyle

Martha Levitan


Dear Honorable Judge Olmedo:

I am eighty years old, a retired teacher, and Danny Masterson’s maternal aunt and Godmother. My family and I have been an integral part of Danny’s life since the day he was born. I have proudly watched Danny grow and in all of his forty-seven years have never witnessed anything but the respect and loyalty that he displays with whomever he encounters.

Danny has a strong and large loyal family who love him and depend on him. When our first grandson was critically ill at birth Danny traveled from California to Long Island to support us during a horrific time. Our grandson is an accountant now and is twenty-four, a year younger than what Danny was at the time. He left his family and his California obligations to be with my daughter and son-in-law when they needed support.

True to form, Danny has devoted every moment possible to be a wonderful father to his daughter and a devoted husband to Bijou. When Bijou was critically ill Danny was there with her from her kidney transplant to her long recovery. Always there by her side and also caring for their little girl. When Danny and his immediate and extended family are together you can see and feel the love and loyalty among them. As the oldest sibling in a family of four, Danny is their rock. Always reliable, dependable and willing to do whatever he can to encourage them in whatever they pursue. He was raised in an environment of love, respect, and kindness. Danny exemplifies these qualities.

We have been blessed to have this young man in our lives because Danny is a truly remarkable man and we love him.

Martha Levitan

Lt Patrick McGreen FDNY

The Honorable Judge Olmedo,

I am a retired Lieutenant FDNY. I have known Danny right after 9/11 he helped many colleagues to help recover from the damages from breathing in the toxic fumes when the towers collapsed. I worked close with him at many fundraisers. He organized, donated and put in his time and money and I was a speaker at these fundraisers.

I met Danny’s mother Carol and father Peter separately at different events and I liked them because they are supportive and are good New Yorkers as I see it. I met his brothers in Florida and California. And went to see a Broadway show with his mother Carol when my daughter was auditioning for Broadway herself. When I met Danny he was not married yet we would talk in length after these events and I got to know him better than most. After he was married I was a key speaker in Hollywood and I met his wife Bijou he is very happy with her and I saw what a husband he is.

I am aware that Danny has been convicted of two counts of forcible rape and that he is facing an extremely lengthy prison sentence — i.e., a potential sentence of 30 years to life. In my opinion this doesn’t sound anything like the Danny I have known. Danny’s shown integrity, honesty, dependability and he is a hard worker. I have seen it in person. Danny has been there for me and my family when I was sick and needed help and Firemen are not ones to ask for help we are used to helping others in a time of need.

Sincerely yours,
Lt. Patrick McGreen FDNY


Bryan Price

To The Honorable Judge Olmedo,

I am writing to share my perspective on the character of Danny Masterson, who has been convicted of 2 counts of rape by force. My name is Bryan Price, a certified Airframe and Power Plant mechanic with a specialization in wide body aircraft. I am also a devoted husband and proud father of two children.

I have had the privilege of knowing Danny Masterson and his family for a significant portion of my life. Reflecting upon Danny’s character, I am struck by his unwavering commitment to his family, friends, and his chosen vocation. Despite the recent circumstances, I would like to highlight the positive aspects of Danny’s personality that I have personally witnessed.

Danny’s dedication to his family is unparalleled. He places family values above all else and has demonstrated his capacity to evolve into an exceptional husband and father. His devotion to providing and safeguarding his loved ones is truly admirable.

During a pivotal time in my life, Danny played a pivotal role as both a mentor and friend. When I was a student in trade school, diligently working towards obtaining my licenses, Danny extended a helping hand by offering me a position in his home to work alongside him 2-3 days a week. As a young husband and father facing the challenges of supporting my family while pursuing an education, Danny’s assistance was invaluable. His advocacy within his professional network ensured that I had consistent employment, which significantly contributed to my successful completion of school.

Through my interactions while working in his home, I had the privilege of observing Danny’s genuine kindness and consideration towards his wife and young daughter. The genuine affection and care he demonstrates towards them are readily apparent and indicative of his character.

Danny’s concern for my well-being extends beyond the professional realm. He has consistently taken an interest in my personal growth, offering valuable advice on matters related to life, work ethics, and relationships. His genuine desire for the well-being of me and my family has left an indelible mark on my life.

In conclusion, I want to emphasize that Danny Masterson is a man who, despite the current circumstances, has shown me qualities of sincerity, care, and dedication. While I acknowledge the gravity of the charges he faces, I believe it is important to provide a comprehensive perspective on his character.


Bryan Price

Lyn Ribisi

This letter is regarding the character of Daniel Masterson.

My name is Lyn Ribisi, and I am a professor of United States and Women’s History at Glendale College. I have lived in Glendale, CA since 1988.


I have known Danny Masterson for many years. Our families moved to Los Angeles at about the same time, and our kids were close in age. We had Danny over to our house many times for parties and various get-togethers. He was always kind, considerate, and very helpful.

We always counted on him to include everyone in the activities, and he often went out of his way to make others feel at ease, important; and welcomed. I have never known Danny to be anything but of sterling character. In all these years, I have never seen him disrespect women, nor have I seen him even make a crude joke of a sexual nature.

A number of years ago, I was putting together a project that required others to submit information and photographs. I sent out numerous requests for help, but Danny was the only one who responded-and he did so immediately. This meant a lot to me and was very helpful.

Later he welcomed us and any of his friends to the set of his shows and to his home. He is a loving husband and father-always proud of his family and taking the best possible care of them. A few years ago, his wife was very seriously ill, and he did all in his power to help her and ensure her survival. Without him, I can’t even imagine what would have happened to her.

All of my interactions with Danny have been wonderful and left me with a feeling of happiness and a knowledge that I have been with a true friend.

Lyn Posner Ribisi

Barbara Shenstone

Dear Honorable Judge Olmedo,

Thank you for taking the time to read these few words about Danny Masterson and what an outstanding father, husband, uncle, son, member of our community and friend he is. We are all so saddened about the recent verdict about Danny. It has turned all of our worlds upside down like nothing you could ever imagine.

I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, an aunt, a small business owner, a volunteer, and a friend. I first met Danny when our daughter started her first day of school as a young child about 5 years ago. Both or our families have ‘only’ girls who are the same age and they quickly became best friends. Our girls have remained best friends throughout the years and are. like glue stuck together. We spend a lot of time with Danny, his wife and daughter. We go on family vacations together, we were in a pod over covid together, we went on a cross country RV trip trip together and many dinner parties, bbq’s, extended family holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) together. Our children are always at each others houses having sleepovers and playdates. In fact they are together so much they have a toothbrush, clothes, pajamas at each others houses. Danny has always been a very engaged and responsible father, doing homework, reading books, making sure they mind their manners. He would always get them ready for bed, read stories to them before bed, take them on outings, teach
them things around the farm, play with them, swim with them. He is always so kind, patient and generous with our family treating our daughter like his own. I trust Danny 100% with our daughter who is the most precious thing in the whole world to me. He has never lead me to believe otherwise.

Our families spent a 3 week holiday driving cross country in an RV all together with the girls school books over covid. I went with trepidation thinking how is this going to go all 6 of us on top of one another in an RV for 3 weeks but I cannot say enough wonderful things about it.

The Masterson’s were so wonderful to be in such a small space with. Danny took charge and drove us for hours and hours on end as we chatted, stopped at different sights, worked on homework with the girls. It was a truly incredible trip seeing some of Americas most stunning national parks. Not a cross word or impatient moment in fact just laughter and wonderful memories. We have been skiing numerous times together, camping trips, rented air bnb’s together, go to horse shows together. Every trip Danny has always been so kind, engaging, funny, polite, courteous and a truly great friend.


Danny works tirelessly providing for his family. He is up working first thing and is often in the fields with the vines till late in the night. He planted a vineyard and learned how to tend to it on his own to provide an income for his family. He comes in for dinner and during harvest or pruning will oftentimes go back out until late at night with a headlight on working until late. I honestly don’t think I know anyone that is more dedicated and a harder worker than Danny.

Our families have spent many holidays together. My parents, his parents, our extended families have all spent holidays all together. Danny is always so kind and helpful staying afterwards to do all the dishes and put everything away after these extended family celebrations. He is so down to earth, engaging, kind, interesting, helpful and dependable.

After this life changing event I continue to spend a lot of time with Danny’s daughter. I have noticed quite a change in her. She misses her daddy beyond what words could say. This little girl is so smart, polite, kind, and courageous. She is very pensive now and thinks a lot. Danny was so involved in her life this has created this huge void in this little girls life. No child should have to suffer through such pain.

This past weekend she spent the weekend at our house, the girls set up a tent in the backyard to camp and she asked if my husband could take over her dads job of making the best bbq in the world. I said of course we will ask her daddy for the recipe so we can continue to enjoy her favorite.

Danny has always been there for my family and I. He is always the one you can call on in any situation. He’s an involved member of our community and a very involved family man. A reliable, generous, kind, dependable, trustworthy, loyal guy. We all miss him so so much! Thank you or taking the time to read these few words about this incredible Dad, husband, son, uncle, neighbor, member of our community and friend. I remain at your disposal if you have any questions

Yours Sincerely,
Barbara Shenstone

Capt. Nick Shenstone

To the Honorable Court,

I’m saddened to have to write this letter but to try and help add some
perspective on what an outstanding individual Danny is I would like to say these few words.

After a career as a private Yacht captain around the world, we settled in California after retirement, I am 55 years old.

I think Danny and his family became friends partly due to us having a love of travel and traveling to different countries. Also we became friends because we share the same values of family unity and being kind to one and another.

My wife, daughter and I met Danny, his wife and daughter when we put our young daughters in the same school. We found Danny to be very family oriented, loving and caring not only towards his family but to ours as well.


Seeing as our daughters are best friends at school we ended up socializing with Danny and his family and going on multiple vacations with him.

We would sometimes be at Horse shows with our daughters, and if one fell he would rush over in a flash to sooth the tears and persuade them to get back on, because they trusted him implicitly. (Very kind and gentle) I always found Danny to have outstanding manners in every situation. Whether it be super courteous to my in laws at family functions, to opening doors for ladies first. Very old school, East coast, Irish gentleman never forgetting his manners.

Our children are always at each others houses, having sleepovers and the like. Never once have we ever worried. He was always the one that put the girls to bed, made sure they brushed their teeth etc. A very good, responsible, engaged and active father.

You can see that now he has gone, his daughter at events is watching other children with their fathers, looking sad and wondering why has he been taken from me.

At dinner parties he would always be the first to introduce guests unknown to his family and friends and always included them in lovely gentle chit chat.

Danny’s work ethic was very strong knowing he had to provide for his wife and daughter. He worked so hard to try and get the farm up and running to make some income to support his family as he is not able to continue on in his old career.

He would sometimes come in at 8/9 at night looking exhausted, but still with a smile on his face and a jolly demeanor.

In my view (I’m 55 years old and have traveled extensively throughout the world) he has a lot more manners, honesty and integrity than many many people I have met in this changing world.

He is a good old school chap who’s dependable, honest, nice, gentle and funny. I have never ever heard him raise his voice to any one, and is a very calm guy. He needs our love and I will always be there for him in any situation as he has been for me.

Kind Regards,
Capt Nick Shenstone

Ryan Smith

Honorable Judge Olmedo,

I write to you in reference to Daniel P. Masterson. Daniel and I have been friends for several years. I am a friend from outside of the Scientology and “Hollywood” circles, and I am not associated with either of those cultures in any way. I have spent two decades as a public servant in law enforcement, with a significant understanding of the law and legal process. I provide this information only in the context that it has given me a unique perspective on criminality and character assessment.


I recognize the jury delivered their verdicts, and you must now act upon those verdicts and impose a prison sentence upon Daniel. I respect and understand the serious and impactful position your sentencing decision has upon all parties, defendant, and victims alike. In your sentencing determination, I respectfully ask you to consider the following information regarding Daniel.

In the many years I’ve known Daniel, he has never displayed the type of behavior that was presented at trial. In fact, I have never once seen Daniel act in a negative, violent, or inappropriate manner. To the contrary, Daniel has always been a gentleman, and a loving and caring individual. This is most evident in the love and affection displayed for his 9-year-old daughter.

Daniel has lived a life of helping others. I have personally witnessed Daniel help elderly neighbors with arduous tasks. One such occurrence was a large oak tree fell on a neighbor’s property. Daniel rallied several neighbors to grab their tools and saws, and led the group to help. This may seem minor or irrelevant, but it speaks to his overall character. He is always willing to help, unsolicited. He treats friends and strangers alike with respect and dignity. When someone needs help, you can always find Daniel being the first person to ask how he can help.

He has used his public figure status to raise awareness and funds for those in need, to include substantial funding and assistance for victims in the years after 9/11.

The testimony against Daniel in this case do not match the man and character my wife and I know. If there was ever a belief or observation that Daniel was remotely close to how he was described at trial, I would never allow a person of that character around my wife and children.

Daniel has been nothing but a loving and caring friend to our family. The convictions in this case are contrary to the person we know. Daniel has been a productive member of society, led a good life, and is raising a beautiful young daughter with his wife, Bijou.

Bijou has serious health issues that are in a continual state of treatment, and her health is fragile. Daniel has stood steadfast beside her, as a primary caretaker, and loving and compassionate husband, and father to their only daughter. I have personally witnessed Daniel’s devotion to his wife, in caring for her and her health needs, and the incredible father he is to his daughter. A 30-year prison sentence for Daniel has a consequence that may never allow his daughter and wife to see him outside of a penitentiary setting.

Punishment and rehabilitation are the core principles of our penal system. I understand that punishment must be imposed. I ask that you consider his young age twenty years ago, relating to the conduct for which he was convicted. Since that time, Daniel has led a positive and productive life with zero negative interactions with the criminal justice system. I believe it is possible to achieve the purpose of punishment, and also allow Daniel’s daughter and wife a chance at life with him outside of a penitentiary once the sentence is fulfilled. I say this from my heart; I do not believe Daniel poses a threat to society, and he is a positive contributor to society and his family. I recognize the difficult task and careful consideration you must give to his sentencing, and I ask for your consideration of the aforementioned information in your determination for sentencing.

R. Smith

Jonathan Tucker

The Honorable Judge Olmedo,

My name is Jonathan Tucker, a friend and contemporary of Danny Masterson. Among other initiatives, I spearheaded The Pegasus Fund-a charity dedicated to fostering the academic and cultural growth of students from underserved communities, I run a retail business (The Boston Garden) that has breathed new life into a family-owned dairy farm in Massachusetts, and sit on advisory boards for a venture capital fund for female founded and female run companies (Halogen Ventures), a business in Oxnard, California (Sespe Creek Distillery) and the head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington D.C.

Danny was a leader to so many of us young actors who came to LA in the early aughts, He guided by example and, in explicit, direct conversations, shared the pitfalls that we might encounter ahead: drugs, alcohol, unhealthy romantic relationships, ego, laziness, and mental health, The irony that this mentor to so many now faces 30 years to life for 2 counts of forcible rape couldn’t be described as anything but surreal. From intense discussions about our career endeavors to shared moments of what it is to be a man of honor, my friendship with Danny has been one of mutual respect and admiration. He has made me a better actor by helping make me better man, particularly in a city as challenging as Los Angeles and a business as unstable as entertainment.


When I started my charity sixteen years ago, Danny immediately offered to DJ my first fundraiser in Los Angeles, donating his time, equipment, and valuable name to the nascent effort. He did that more than once and in turn is instrumental in changing the lives of a half dozen young people in Los Angeles, including one student who is graduating from Colgate College this year, the first in his family to graduate high school, let alone a liberal arts college in New England. His public philanthropic efforts helped make philanthropy an important part of being an actor in Hollywood. I also witnessed first-hand how Danny treated his employees at a clothing store he started called Confederacy. Danny set a standard for decency in the workplace, explaining the fact that ”everyone has something to offer – everybody has a story to tell.”

As a husband, Danny demonstrates devotion and commitment. I have seen him interact with his wife Bijou-supportive, understanding and loving. He understands that relationships require work and nurturing and is willing to put in that effort to maintain a strong and fulfilling partnership. They enjoy a quiet life in Santa Ynez, traveling to LA to visit family, siblings Jordan and Alanna whom I also know well.

He values personal growth and taking responsibility, and when faced with adversity reverts not to defensiveness, but reflection and quiet leadership. He is beloved by his crew and colleagues for this reason and is vocal about how to treat others, both professionally and personally.

As a father, Danny’s enduring love and dedication to his daughter shine through. He is not a father just in title; he actively participations in her life. He endeavors to provide for her, to educate her and above all, to be a model of good conduct and behavior. I have witnessed his pride at her achievements and his thoughtful approach when she faces trials. That she might grow up without him is a heartbreak I cannot describe.

His commitment to his family, his 1oyalty to friendship, and his desire leave the world better than he found it is his truest character.

Jonathan Tucker

James Woodworth

Honorable Judge Olmedo,

My name is James Woodworth and I have been a close personal friend of Danny Masterson and his family for the past 20 plus years. My heart breaks knowing that Danny is facing the possibility of spending the next 30 years to life in prison for forcible rape.

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, is the only reason l came to know Mr. Masterson. After serving four years in the United States Air Force as a medic where l worked General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, ran the Labor and Delivery Unit, and Oncology. After my service I moved to Sacramento in 1983 and a few years later I ran Sacramento Occupational Medical Group a large occupational medicine practice, the Sacramento Occupational Medical Group and a medically supervised detoxification program called HealthMed. The detox clinic treated drug addicts and chemically exposed workers who had become sick from work related toxic exposures.

In the early 1990’s I started my first charity called the International Academy of Detoxification Specialists (IADS), a 501 c3. The purpose of IADS was to support research and provide free medical detoxification to Gulf War Veterans who had become ill after being exposed to toxic smoke from the oil fires Saddam Hussein had started and other chemicals while in serving Iraq.

On the morning of 9/11 shortly after the first tower collapsed, I decided to move from Sacramento to New York City and open a new division of the IADS. Knowing that the first responders and volunteers would become ill from the toxic smoke and dust I started the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project. From September 2002 through December 17, 2009, we treated over 1,000 New York City firefighters, police officers, active-duty military, ministers, Rabbi’s, construction workers, lead and asbestos removal workers, survivors and volunteers who were very ill. “Restoring Quality of Life” was the stated purpose of our charity. More than 400 NYC firefighters who wanted to return to work but were being forced to medically retire due to their 9/11 related lung damage were able to return to full duty and not retire. Without Danny’s help this would never have been possible.

Back in the fall of 2003 while living in New York City and running my newly found charity I had the pleasure of meeting Danny who had volunteered to attend a fundraiser with more than 500 people. He and his castmates were amazing and helped raise nearly $1,000,000 for firefighters. From that night on Danny and I became friends and I now consider him as part of my family. Danny Chaired or co-Chaired five fundraising events that raised nearly $2,000,000 for the charity. He would spend weeks prior to each event making sure we could reach our fundraising targets.


Danny would take the time to personally meet, take photos and talk with every rescue worker and they really appreciated that he took the time to listen to their stories and talk with their family members. Rescue workers would often tell me, “He’s so down to earth” and “he really cares”. You cannot put a price on the hundreds of hours each year that Danny dedicated to the rescue workers and our charity.

Our families have vacationed together and spent time in each other’s homes and workplaces. Danny has always been consistently kind, respectful, honest, trustworthy, and patient with everyone in private and public. He has been there for me, my family, and my charity and for that I am truly grateful. He has improved my life and the lives of many others. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow from a very good young man and become a loving husband and father. Without a doubt, the most important thing to Danny is his wife, daughter, and family. He is an incredible provider who loves his family and takes care of his friends. When Bijou was confronted with some very serious and long-term health issues he really stepped up to the plate and acted without a single complaint or concern for himself, ever.

It is my hope that Danny’s two decades of helping thousands of others across the country be taken into consideration.

James Woodworth

Chris Atkinson

Dear Honorable Judge Olmedo,

I am writing to you in reference to Daniel P. Masterson. Danny has been a neighbor and friend for many years now. We live in a rural community where our neighbors are typically our closer friends. They are the people that we typically know best, trust, and rely on in times of need.

Inevitably, we have water lines break, farm animals get lose, fences break, trees go down, pastures need mowing and other assorted problems that need fixing. Our neighbors are there for each other and Danny is no exception. He has always been either the first to raise his hand or eager to jump in and help. He has always given without any expectations. That’s just who he is.

We have also spent many hours at family dinners and other get togethers where we have talked about our families and life in general. I have gotten to know Danny as a devoted father to his beautiful little girl and dutiful husband to his lovely wife. Our five adult children have all gotten to know and love Danny and his family.

On weekends, it wouldn’t be unusual to bump into Danny shopping at our little hardware store while holding his daughter’s hand. Late in the afternoons, we’d see Danny taking his wife for a walk to help in her physical rehabilitation after all the health issues and surgeries she has endured. This is what kind of person we have known Danny to be.

I knew Danny previously acted in television shows, but didn’t know much about that side of his life as we really were involved with our families, our current everyday life issues and events. He never behaved like a “Hollywood celebrity”. He has always been one of us.

I can honestly say that my wife and I have only ever known Danny to be one of the kindest and gentlest people we have ever met. He has always been there to lend a hand, host us at his house, be a good neighbor and friend. I am proud to call Danny a close friend, neighbor and confidant.

While I am devastated in losing the day-to-day relationship with Danny, I respect our legal system and the verdict that has been rendered. I also understand you now have the task of sentencing Danny. I simply wanted to write this letter to you to provide a perspective on Danny as a person that I am sure was very different from how he was betrayed during the trials.


Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I ask you take our experiences and time with Danny into consideration.

Chris Atkinson

Melani Atkinson

Dear Honorable Judge Olmedo,

My name is Melani Atkinson and I am writing to you about my friend and neighbor, Daniel P. Masterson, in an attempt to humbly ask that you try to understand the kind of man that we know as Danny. My husband and I moved into our neighborhood about the same time as Danny and his family. From the get go, Danny and his wife Bijou were humble, sincere, generous and loving. They have alway5 been an “open book”, and never acted fake or better than anyone else. They treated us like normal people, and that is what they got in return. They welcomed us, our family, friends and neighbors into their home, and we shared many meals and fond memories over the years.

Danny is quiet, kind, and courteous. He goes out of his way to help people and animals in need. In 2020 I had 4 back surgeries and my husband still worked in LA a few days a week. Danny helped me navigate through emergencies at my home when no one else was available. He always greeted me with a big smile and a positive attitude. To leave our neighborhood, I must drive past Danny and Bijou’s house. He would stop working and come to my car window genuinely interested in how me, my husband, and our S children were doing. He took the time to remember their names, where they lived, the jobs they had, and even who they were dating.

Danny and his wife have a beautiful 9 year old daughter, who means the word to all of us. She has a very strong bond with her dad, and he is the apple of her eye. I can picture Danny pushing her on the swing, putting her on his shoulders, and kneeling to talk to her when she was little. She is smart, engaging, and loves horses. She has grown up quickly and has had to deal with much uncertainty and loss in her life the last couple years. Her mother has had a very tough life, has suffered loss in so many ways, and copes with serious health conditions.

I admittedly have not read much about the two trials, because it was too difficult to hear what was said about the cases in general, by both parties. I do not discount the basis of the trials, and the seriousness of the allegations. I respect our justice system and your difficult position as the presiding judge. As the sentencing approaches, I respectfully and humbly ask that you consider the person that we only know as a good man with a big heart, a super dedicated father, a loyal and faithful husband, and a friend that we miss terribly every day.

Respectfully Yours,
Melani Atkinson


Technology Cocktail


“Meters are accurate. But sometimes people are sort of stupid.” — 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

“Handling Security Checks in a society of this particular character, then, runs into a little bit of heavy weather. And you very often run into some heavy weather. Somebody’s sitting there and, good God, they’re the fellow who did it, you know, and what are you going to do as the auditor, you know?…What is your responsibility as an auditor? Well, it’s, your responsibility as an auditor is first and foremost as an auditor, is get the person out of it. You’re not the police force. Don’t you see? And then you actually are not honor bound from that point there on to be under a stamp and seal of total secrecy with regard to the fact that the First National Bank was robbed by Joe, you see. But don’t go calling up the police. They’re on the wrong road. Cops never get a society anyplace. Cops are a short-term proposition, strictly. The more cops, the more crime.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 13, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys

“We have so far sent back two FEBC graduates. W/O Owen Starkey to AOSHDK and Wayne Marples to NY. They both left in a hurry to save their orgs. Starkey has halted the GDS collapse and has most of them on a healthy climb. They both had a lot of beautiful things to say about Flag and its people.” — The Commodore, September 13, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“About 18 months ago, I began to wake up to the fact that I was in the Church of Scientology in my last lifetime. After more auditing and more mind expansion, I realized, ‘oh, maybe I am/was Clear.’ So, I came to believe I was Clear. Today, I don’t think I was Clear, but, I’m almost sure I did believe I was Clear in my last lifetime. In fact, I kind of see I reached OT2. As I said, I’m not sure, and I speculate that I had good auditing, but also bad auditing. I also was probably subjected to Black Scientology.”


Past is Prologue

1997: In response to last week’s article in the St. Petersburg Times about Lisa McPherson, Scientology attorney Elliot Abelson wrote a letter to the editor, which was published this week. The letter attempted to cash in on the distrust of tabloid media following Lady Diana’s death in an auto accident. “While many tabloid media are currently undergoing some responsible self-examination, reporter Tom Tobin and the Times continue to exploit the tragic death of Lisa McPherson with relentless and sensational reporting of non-news. Lisa’s many friends and those who knew her and loved her would rather not have the last days of her life exploited and sensationalized by media. Unfortunately, the Times has no such scruples. It is intrusive and unnecessary reporting such as the Times has displayed that is the reason the reputation of the media is currently at a low ebb.”


Random Howdy

“It seems to me that narconon preys on folks out in the hinterland and down south where detoxes are few and far between and the people are less up on this kind of stuff.”


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] AUDIO: Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan says Rizza Islam is accused of ‘horrible charge’
[TWO years ago] Scientology sends out creepy letters to lure you back in, and other gems from our mailbag
[THREE years ago] What Scientologists are telling each other on social media right this very minute
[FOUR years ago] No, RadarOnline did not discover a new underground bunker at Scientology’s Gold Base
[FIVE years ago] How a Scientology-run business preyed on Silicon Valley icons in the name of ‘wellness’
[SIX years ago] Ford Greene responds to Marty Rathbun, and brings up a previous Scientology secret deal
[SEVEN years ago] Co-writer Dan Koon answers accusations about the accuracy of Ron Miscavige’s ‘Ruthless’
[EIGHT years ago] Paul Haggis, Lawrence Wright react to Alex Gibney’s Emmys sweep for ‘Going Clear’
[NINE years ago] Ryan Hamilton files 20th lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network
[TEN years ago] MONIQUE RATHBUN VS SCIENTOLOGY, DAY 2: Texas Showdown Shifts Gears
[TWELVE years ago] Marty Rathbun, Ex-Scientology Exec, Back from Germany: ‘The U.S. Media Has No Balls’


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 3,151 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,666 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,216 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,206 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,087 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,391 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,262 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,367 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,814 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,156 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,722 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,641 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,808 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,390 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,651 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,687 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,403 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,967 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,282 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,457 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,008 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,139 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,477 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,332 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,451 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,807 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,110 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,216 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,614 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,490 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,055 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,568 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,822 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,931 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 13, 2023 at 07:00

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