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Jane Doe 1 attempts to serve David Miscavige in multiple places: Will court deem it enough?

Once again, it’s a game of “Where’s Dave?” as another plaintiff suing the Church of Scientology tries to hunt down the organization’s reclusive leader, David Miscavige, to serve him a lawsuit.

In this case, it’s Jane Doe 1 and her lawsuit against Scientology, Miscavige and Sea Org recruiter Gavin Potter, which was unsealed in June.

The suit accuses Scientology of forcing Jane Doe 1 to marry Potter after he sexually assaulted her when she was still a minor. She alleges that any sexual contact she had with him subsequently over the years 1991 to 1997 she considered non-consensual.

She then left the Sea Org but not Scientology, and she was close friends with Lisa Marie Presley and more casually acquainted with Danny Masterson. On May 31, a jury found that Masterson raped Jane Doe 1 in the early hours of April 25, 2003. The jury also convicted him on another count of forcible rape, and on September 7 he was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.


But this lawsuit is about the allegations about Potter that occurred several years before the Masterson attack, and it’s not a criminal case, it’s a civil lawsuit, which requires that Jane Doe 1 find David Miscavige to serve him papers that notify him that he’s a defendant.

Other former Scientologists suing the church have found this a difficult task, as Miscavige hides behind an elaborate barrier of security guards and locked facilities.

So we have in multiple cases that plaintiffs have tried to serve Miscavige through “substitute service,” giving the court papers to employees of the church.

In the Baxter trafficking case in Tampa, the plaintiffs were successful there as earlier this year a federal court found that Miscavige was purposely evading service and named him an official defendant. But at the same time, that case was derailed in favor of Scientology’s internal “religious arbitration,” which is now on appeal at the Eleventh Circuit.

Plaintiffs in Los Angeles Superior Court have had less luck, as courts there seem unwilling to find that Miscavige is being evasive. Will this latest effort by Jane Doe 1 be enough to convince a court that Dave has been served? (We’re also waiting to see what another court says about similar efforts made by Leah Remini in her lawsuit.)

Anyway, we thought you would be interested to see the report by the process server who spent several days in September trying to find Miscavige at various places in LA, including the Celebrity Centre and Scientology Media Productions, the elaborate studios that Scientology created from the old KCET campus.

Will this be enough to convince the court that Dave has been served by substitute service? Let us know what you think.

September 13, 2:30 pm: Scientology Media Productions (4401 Sunset Blvd)

Results: There is no front door entrance to a building at this address, there are only the driveways with gates in and out and a guard house in between. There is no call box, only a numeric keypad. I knocked on the metal gate by the guard house. The door slid open and a Caucasian male uniformed PAC (Pacific Area Command) security guard asked how he could help me. I asked if David Miscavige was there, he said no – what are you doing on my driveway? I told him that I was there to serve legal papers to David Miscavige and asked have you seen him, does he work here? He said he does not work here. I asked if he knew where I could find him, he said no.

September 13, 3:04 pm: Scientology Celebrity Centre International

Results: I pressed the intercom button at the front gate and it rang and rang, it reset with a busy tone, and began dialing again. I let it ring for about 2 minutes as this auto redial continued. I saw a couple and a woman with a dog on the property, I said hello, they ignored me. There is a sign that says deliveries go to the rear entrance on Yucca St. I walked to side of the building on Tamarind Ave. At the side entrance there was a white male plain clothed security guard. He asked if he could help me, I asked who he was, he said he was private security, I asked his name, he said Chuck. I asked have you seen David Miscavige, is he here? He said no and no. I asked if I should go to the delivery office, maybe they could help. He said they should say, err they will say the same thing. I asked if he knew where David Miscavige can be found, he said no.

September 13, 3:46 pm: Author Services Inc./RTC (7051 Hollywood Blvd


Results: The intercom at the Hollywood Blvd entrance does not work. There is a folding partition barrier just inside the front double doors which appear to not be in use. On the Sycamore Ave side of the building there is an intercom and camera at the driveway to the parking structure only, no formal entry/exit doorway other than what looks like one set of exit only double doors. The intercom rang and rang, hung up and auto redialed over and over for about four and a half minutes, there was no answer, no activity observed.

September 13, 4:45 pm: Advanced Org/ASHO (L. Ron Hubbard Way)

Results: I approached the doors and was quickly met by a security guard who asked what I needed, I told him that I was here to see David Miscavige, is he here? He said no. I asked where he can be found? He said I don’t have to answer that and we know why you are here and you are not welcome, I am asking you to leave. I asked him how about 1413 L Ron Hubbard way, does he work there? he said no, we know why you are here and you are not welcome. I said you know that I am trying to serve legal process and I am not welcome? He said yes and asked me to leave again.

September 15, 9:57 am: Author Services Inc/RTC

Results: I approached the Sycamore side of the building and saw two men next to a pickup truck parked in the driveway. They appeared to be plain clothes security guards, one of them had a walkie talkie. I asked if they worked here and they both said no. One quickly turned and walked away while making a call on his phone, the other quickly jumped in the truck and left. I rang the intercom, no answer. It disconnected and auto redialed a number of times. The gate opened and a Hispanic male in a Toyota pickup drove out. I waived motioning to open the window, he did. I asked if he worked there, he said no and mumbled something. I asked if David Miscavige was there, he got nervous, said no shaking his head quickly and drove off. The gate closed behind him. The man on his phone was watching me from across the street, then got in his truck and left. I tried the Hollywood entrance, same as last time, closed.

September 15, 10:36 am: Scientology Celebrity Centre (5930 Franklin Ave)

Results: I went to the delivery gate at the back of the property on S Yucca Street. The intercom does not work. I called the phone number on the sign, it rang and rang, no answer. I continued on Tamarind Ave toward the front of the building. At the side entrance there was a uniformed security guard, I said hello and began to ask if David Miscavige was there, he interrupted and said we know who you are, we can’t help you – I asked you know my name? He did not reply. I asked if he has seen David Miscavige, he said we know who you are, we know what you are doing, you are not welcome here and I can’t help you. I went to the front gate on Franklin and pressed the button on the intercom, it rang and rang, hung up, redialed and continued ringing – no answer. The security guard was watching me from inside the property.

September 15, 11:18 am: Scientology Media Productions (4401 Sunset Blvd)

Results: I checked the gated entrances around the side and back of the property looking for an intercom, none found – only numeric key pads. There are security cameras at every gate and around the entire property. I approached the front gate and guard house on Sunset Blvd. and called out- Hello. A female uniformed security guard came out of the building next to the gate. I said good morning and asked if David Miscavige was there – she interrupted and said please get off our driveway – I told her that I am a legal process server and I am not trespassing, I asked is David Miscavige here? She said no. I asked if she has ever seen him? she said can you please leave. I said have a good day and left.


September 15, 11:24 am: ASHO, L. Ron Hubbard Way

Results: I approached the entrance to 1413 and was met on the sidewalk by uniformed security guard Odo. I asked how he was, he said “I am, how are you” I asked if David Miscavige was here, he said no – wrong address, I told you that before. I said that attempt was at 4810 Sunset Blvd. He said none of these addresses are his. I asked if David Miscavige was affiliated with any of these businesses here? He said I can’t help you. I said I will check at 1306 also. He said I will tell you the same thing about there. I asked – that he is not affiliated with that entity either? He said that it is not his address. I asked if he has ever seen David Miscavige, he said no.

September 15, 11:27 am: Advanced Org of LA, L. Ron Hubbard Way

Results: I continued to 1306, another guard was standing in front of the entrance. I asked him if David Miscavige was there. He said no sir wrong address. I asked if he was affiliated with Advanced Organization Los Angeles. He said no wrong address, but we know why you are here – I can’t help you. I asked him to tell me why he thinks I am here, he was silent then asked what are you here for? I said that I am here to serve legal process to David Miscavige. He said yes, and I can’t help you.

September 22, 12:27 pm: Author Services Inc/RTC (7051 Hollywood Blvd)

Results: I approached the side entrances of the building on Sycamore Ave. There is a small patio-like area between the two driveways and appears to be part of the property. I spotted two men seated in there, one with a walkie talkie. I recognized them as the same two men from my previous attempt. I asked if they worked here, they both said no. I asked if David Miscavige was here, they said no. I asked if they have seen him here, they said no. I asked if there was a manager here or any one in charge of the building, they said no. I asked if there was a specific time of day when a manager or someone in charge would be there, they said no. I asked if they were building security, they said no. I asked so you guys just hang out here? They said yes.

September 22, 12:45 pm: Scientology Celebrity Centre (5930 Franklin Ave)

Results: I approached the side entrance on Tamarind Ave and was met by plain clothes security guard, it was Chuck again (white, male, 65 yrs, 5’10”, 195 lbs, gray hair, sunglasses.) He said what can I do for you? I explained that I was a process server there to serve David Miscavige and I asked are you in charge of the property. He said I am hired private security, and I can tell you that he is not here. I asked if there was a manager that I could talk to? He said they’re not going to come out. I asked, can I go in? He said oh God, no and repositioned himself more between me and the entrance. I explained I am not trespassing while serving legal process, He said they do not want you on the property – I understand, I know your job. I announced that I was substitute serving him on behalf of David Miscavige with summons and complaints for two lawsuits. He backed up and would not take the documents so I dropped them at his feet.

September 22, 1:05 pm: Scientology Media Productions (4401 Sunset Blvd)

Results: I knocked on the metal gate a few times. The same security guard from my 1st attempt came out of the guard house. White male, 38 yrs, 5’6″, 1501bs. I told him I was a process server here to serve David Miscavige, is he here? He replied He is not here, now please get off my driveway. I asked if he was in charge of the property, he said no. I asked if there was a manager here, he said no. I said so you are the only one here in charge? He said please leave our property. I explained that I was not trespassing. I announced that I was substitute serving him on behalf of David Miscavige with two lawsuits, he stepped back quickly as I extended my arm through the gate and dropped the papers inside the gate at his feet.


September 22, 1:05 pm: Scientology Media Productions

Substituted service on: DAVID MISCAVIGE; 4401 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027; by serving: “John Doe” – security guard, person in charge. Caucasian male, 38 yrs, 5’6″, 1501bs, black hair.

September 22

Mailed copy of documents to: DAVID MISCAVIGE 4401 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027


Technology Cocktail

“The surest way to retard and upset a case with Routine 2-12 is to find a Rock Slam on List One, Tiger Drill it down to a dirty needle and then represent it. That case will then hang up, 2-12 can be pronounced as unworkable and the whole thing can be skipped. Yes, the represent list so taken will RS. Yes, the List One Item tested again will probably now RS. Yes, the auditor has followed the rules of R2-12. A11 except one, and that rule is: IF AN ITEM ROCKSLAMS WHEN CALLED ON LIST ONE OR AT ANY TIME DURING TIGER DRILLING, NO MATTER HOW BRIEFLY, THAT ITEM MUST BE GIVEN AN OPPOSITION LIST.” — 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

“The whole theory of psychotherapy fell down and went boom the moment we discovered that we were not treating the first dynamic when we were running engrams. Psychotherapy went by the boards. It died. It turned up its heels, and it has now even ceased to give an odor.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 20, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys


“Lack of use of Auditing to handle physical troubles has greatly extended our MO list. The practice of not auditing pcs who did not F/N at Exam and introducing ‘remedies’ has shown us which way not to go. Medicine and drugs reach back into the history of the witchcraft, Satanism, infanticide love potions and handling inter personal relations with arsenic. Born of abominations drugs and medicine continue their career in modern times. The only improvement has been to cut the throat of the patient instead of a sacrificial goat’s. I’m fed up with medicine and the lunatics in the drug business. We should pass a law they must wear the clothing of their trade — conical hats with stars and moons on them and black robes. Our recent stat on MO lines proves it. We are the wave of the future. We should get our feet out of the contaminated past.” — The Commodore, October 20, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There is nothing better than Scientology, because through it the dynamics make sense, everything becomes clear and obvious. Yet amazingly, we run straight into counter-intention. There’s a lot of people who have staked an incredible amount on perpetuating and strengthening the grip of apparency on us.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Bob Minton reported that the newly formed Lisa McPherson foundation is being blocked from renting office space in Clearwater, Florida. “We were informed this morning that MKV Realty, which owns the Sun Trust Building at 601 Cleveland Street, has refused to rent the space we intended to occupy to either the Lisa Foundation or me. The buck has been passed up to a gentleman named ‘Rusty’ who has yet to return my call. Ken Dandar will also speak to Rusty when Rusty is available.”


Random Howdy

“Hubbard was like 12 when he was in Asia. The only thing he was studying was jerking off.”



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. Sentenced to 30 years to life 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. Next pretrial hearing October 30.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, Scientology submitting anti-SLAPP response Oct 26.
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: Discovery phase.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society. Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in a weekly series. How many have you read?


[ONE year ago] Scientology concepts were plentiful on 2nd day of testimony in Danny Masterson trial
[TWO years ago] Crazy fun on Scientology’s private cruise ship in the Caribbean, still tied to the dock
[THREE years ago] What Danny Masterson’s prosecutor revealed about the case in yesterday’s hearing
[FOUR years ago] Scientologist anti-vaxx group fundraises on the idea its big California loss was a win
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s astounding pre-history in a new book you really need to read
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s Flag Building brain injury: In Clearwater, it’s déjà vu all over again
[SEVEN years ago] Chris Shelton: What Louis Theroux missed about the Scientology experience in his film
[EIGHT years ago] Two years after Scientology’s ‘Super Power’ debuted, it’s still a flop
[NINE years ago] Scientology is turning Larry Hagman’s house into a drunk tank for celebs
[TEN years ago] Next in the Garcia Fraud Lawsuit: Scientology Is Asked to Explain Its Arbitration System
[ELEVEN years ago] 35-Year Scientologist Steve Poore Says Church Leader David Miscavige is “Scared to His Core”


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 3,188 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,703 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,253 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,243 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,124 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,428 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,299 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,404 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,851 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,193 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,759 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,678 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,845 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,427 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,688 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,724 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,440 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,004 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,319 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,494 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,045 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,176 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,514 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,369 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,488 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,844 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,147 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,253 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,651 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,527 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,092 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,605 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,859 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,968 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 20, 2023 at 07:00

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