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Scientology whines that the Jane Does leaked info worse than Tom Mesereau did

[Scientology attorney Bill Forman is sticking up for Tom Mesereau]

We told you on Tuesday that Judge Upinder Kalra lifted the stay on the Bixler v. Scientology lawsuit and set a tentative trial date for September 2025.

But then on Friday, Scientology filed a pretty wild brief with the court that we knew you’d want to hear about.

It was an objection to a “request for judicial notice” that was filed in August by the Bixler plaintiffs (Danny Masterson’s rape accusers, who are suing Danny and the church for harassment and stalking), asking Judge Kalra to pay attention to something.

What they wanted him to take notice of was what Judge Charlaine Olmedo did back in June when she sanctioned attorneys Tom Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum for leaking sensitive evidence in Danny Masterson’s criminal case to the Church of Scientology.

That evidence had been gathered by the District Attorney’s office and contained confidential police reports, emails, and other information about the Jane Doe victims, and the DA’s office was obliged to share that evidence with Masterson’s defense team, which at the time was made up of Mesereau and Appelbaum.


Judge Olmedo found that Mesereau and Appelbaum violated a court order when they then shared that sensitive evidence with Scientology attorney Vicki Podberesky.

We can tell you that the prosecutors in the case were stunned and outraged that the evidence had been given to Scientology, which was not a party to the criminal case.

And Judge Olmedo agreed, sanctioning Mesereau and Appelbaum to the tune of $900 each.

We were in the courtroom when Judge Olmedo made that order on June 7. And it was Olmedo’s order, and a transcript of that hearing, that the Bixler plaintiffs sent to Judge Kalra in August, asking him to take notice of it as they now proceed with their civil lawsuit against Masterson and the church.

Well, Scientology is not happy about that. And on Friday they filed a 68-page objection, saying that Judge Kalra should not take notice of Judge Olmedo’s ruling against Mesereau and Appelbaum, and also that he should not take notice of the hearing transcript.

And what is Scientology’s reasoning? They say that Mesereau and Appelbaum did not, in fact, violate any court order, and the proof of that, they say, is that the Jane Does have been leaking information about the case to the press for years.

Examples they submitted as exhibits included stories you’ve seen here at the Underground Bunker.

Oh wow.

So we want to make sure you understand what Scientology is saying here.

They are asking Judge Kalra to ignore the fact that two officers of the court, Tom Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum, were sanctioned for leaking sensitive prosecution records to the Church of Scientology that included private information about the Jane Does, because the Jane Does themselves decided to share information with the world about what they had been through as rape victims — something, of course, that they have every right to do.

The really strange thing is that Scientology appears to be making the same arguments that Mesereau and Appelbaum’s attorneys did during the June 7 hearing and that didn’t succeed with Judge Olmedo. (Arguing, for example, that there was no court order that Mesereau and Appelbaum violated when they leaked the info.)

Mesereau and Appelbaum might have made those kinds of arguments themselves in an appeal of Judge Olmedo’s ruling, but they dropped their appeals. The sanctions stand.

But here is Scientology taking up their cause, and essentially smearing the Jane Does for speaking up for themselves.

What a bizarre court document this is, even by Scientology standards.



Technology Cocktail

“The only reason anyone has ever left Scientology is because people failed to find out about them.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1962



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

“‘Be three feet back of your head.’ Please tell me why nobody ever said this in the last ump-thousand years. This is fantastic. Because 50 percent, at least, of the people who come in and sit down, I don’t care what their age is — something like this — you say, ‘Be three feet back of your head.’ Sometimes you get the reaction, ‘Why?’ ‘Well, it might be more comfortable outside.’ ‘Might be more comfortable outside! You mean people are inside their heads!’ You would be just amazed how often one gets that reaction. One girl I know was given 125 electric shocks because the psychiatrist found she was outside of her head. Too sane for him.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 2, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“This evening there will be a cocktail party aboard and 100+ top VIPs are expected as well as one very, very VIP person. The cocktail will be held in the main dining room and will as usual extend into the B Deck Foyer. Therefore body traffic into this area is to be kept to an absolute minimum. Male & Female occupants of B deck cabins are asked NOT to wander up the passageways and into toilets clad only in a towel during cocktail time. Remember that the VIPs will be using these heads. LAST REQUEST: Please try not to hang around the aft quarter deck or Prom decks during the cocktail — many of the guests will be taking a tour to the bridge at some time during the evening. As these requirements have been made publically known in the OODay, there will be no excuse for offenders, and I will take very strong action on any I find. Remember we are TOP EXECS of an INT BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CORP.” — Lt. N.F. Starkey, Captain, October 2, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I aligned myself with LRH directly after I read, Scientology: A New Slant on Life. It made such sense. But why it made such sense is explained in that I am a part of a vanguard group of beings who knew that Earth is a very sick planet that will likely spread its contagious illness elsewhere if not stopped here.”



Past is Prologue

1995: An announcement from the Cult Awareness Network was posted this week. Cynthia Kisser reported on a loss in a civil suit to Scientologyy lawyer Kendrick Moxon, representing Jason Scott, accusing CAN of kidnapping. “A jury verdict was delivered September 29 in U.S. District Court in Seattle, following a six-day trial. Scott was represented at trial by
Kendrick Moxon, a minister with the Church of Scientology International, a long time adversary of CAN that had tried unsuccessfully to win dozens of lawsuits against CAN in the past. Moxon was an unindicted co-conspirato in the federal investigation of Scientology in the seventies that lead to the felony convictions of 11 of its high-ranking members, including Mary Sue Hubbard, the wife of Scientology founder the late L. Ron Hubbard. Federal judge John Coughenour refused to let CAN introduce any evidenc concerning Scientology into the case, but permitted Scott, over CAN’s objections, to include inflammatory language about CAN’s alleged role in criminal deprogramming. CAN executive director Cynthia Kisser attended the trial and concluded, ‘Scientology used Jason Scott to make false claims to a jury about CAN in an effort to further their well-publicized vendetta to destroy CAN because of its effectiveness in making the public aware of Scientology’s ruthless tactics. The judge’s pre- trial rulings did not permit the jury to learn the truth about Scientology’s part in the litigation, but Scott was not prevented from introducing Scientology’s assertions to the jury about CAN’s alleged involvement in criminal deprogramming’.”


Random Howdy

“I’ve been in a ‘Is that all there is to Scientology?’ mood lately. It comes with the territory.”


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] Clearwater CEO Joy Gendusa recorded sychophantic video for Scientology’s leader
[TWO years ago] Academics who ignore defectors as ‘apostates’ will never see Scientology for what it is
[THREE years ago] New in court docs: Scientology bashes victims’ rights group, trashes Mike Rinder
[FOUR years ago] Scientologists led away in handcuffs after stunning evidence of fraud heard in L.A. court
[FIVE years ago] Clear body, wiped mind: Another woman comes forward about forced abortion in Scientology
[SIX years ago] Another Scientologist becomes instant star with Trump supporters, this time in Puerto Rico
[SEVEN years ago] How Scientology plans to take over the world: By boring us to death, apparently
[EIGHT years ago] An email that demonstrates how much Scientology loves going after the ‘evil psychs’
[NINE years ago] Q&A with Mike Rinder: Understanding the sudden changes at Scientology’s LA complex
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Georgia Drug Rehab Hit with Double-Barreled Media Onslaught


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 3,170 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,685 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,235 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,225 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,106 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,410 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,281 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,386 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,833 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,175 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,741 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,660 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,827 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,409 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,670 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,706 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,422 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,986 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,301 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,476 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,027 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,158 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,496 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,351 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,470 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,826 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,129 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,235 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,633 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,509 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,074 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,587 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,841 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,950 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 2, 2023 at 07:00

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