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Report: Scientology’s Los Angeles bash will include New Year’s event at the Shrine

[Scientology’s last New Year’s event at the Shrine, four years ago]

On Saturday we told you about a flier that had been forwarded to us announcing a major end-of-year bash that Scientology is planning in Los Angeles.

It was scheduled for the middle of December when, traditionally, Scientology would tape its New Year’s event at the Shrine Auditorium so that it could be shown at orgs around the world on the night of December 31.

The flier, which talked about Los Angeles being the “Scientology Capital of the World,” invited Scientologists to spend the holidays in Southern California and tour Scientology’s various facilities, something we really hadn’t seen before.

The email that accompanied the flier made a somewhat vague mention of “the greatest gathering of Scientologists in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec 16th at the most iconic Scientology event site in Los Angeles!”

But there was no specific mention of a New Year’s event taping, or the Shrine Auditorium. It seemed to be more of an event to promote field dissemination and for recognizing “Power FSMs” who sign up new people in the organization.


Now, however, we have some indication that a taping of a New Year’s event is happening. One of our sources passed on to us an invitation they received to attend the taping of the New Year’s event at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, December 16.

This would be the first time in four years that the event was taped there, and would follow on Scientology’s recent return to England for the IAS gala earlier this month.

The next question is, if a New Year’s event is going to be taped at the Shrine on December 16, will Scientology leader David Miscavige be there?

It’s hard to imagine a major taping like that happening without him, and we have asked our source to see if they can get a response to that question.

As Mike Rinder pointed out to us several weeks ago, Miscavige would know that he could maintain tight security in a return to Saint Hill Manor in England, but going to the Shrine is another matter, especially with multiple lawsuits active in Los Angeles right now, and with process servers looking for an opportunity to serve the church leader.

Is Dave’s determination to return Scientology to its traditional slate of events greater than his concerns about the risks involved in a return to LA?

We’ll let you know if we hear anything more about the event and whether Dave is planning to attend it. But for now, the return of the New Year’s event to the Shrine would seem to fit Dave’s resurrection of the IAS gala in England, which Scientologists no doubt consider a triumphant accomplishment and proof that Scientology has weathered the pandemic and is thriving again.


Technology Cocktail/

“I recently completed a study begun many years ago which gives us new hope and easier auditing of difficult cases. We have known for many years (Dianetic Axioms) that Time is the Single Source of human aberration. This did not have the importance it deserved. To make an OT one has to clear the Time Track.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1963




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

“When you start to double people’s scores and push people upstairs in terms of sports abilities, this becomes a foul and fiendish plot from our standpoint. If you were to take the football Cards, or the baseball Cards or any one team, and give it a heavy shove in the direction of better ball playing, you would at once, of course, find that the opponents had no other choice but to get a heavy shove in the direction of ball-playing. See, no other choice. We haven’t started this program yet in America. We’re looking around for some volunteers to go on payroll and go up and haunt one of these baseball clubs or football clubs. And just do nothing but process the boys and so on. A very interesting project. Because, of course, they will then take all pennants, awards and TV programs. And then we can then go around to their archenemies and say ‘See what happened.’” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 22, 1956



Avast, Ye Mateys

“Stats trended the same over the world last week, paid completions soaring, GI a bit lower. WE are at least winning back the field and building strong orgs that deliver.” — The Commodore, November 22, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“In the beginning thetans looked and thus a viewpoint was created. In other words, dimension. You’re not in the mest universe. It’s an agreed upon point of view and you make a duplicate copy of it. Any other mest in your universe that is not a perfect duplicate is an implant because it is something else. You have to have a universe to be implanted and if you are not duplicating A universe then you don’t have a universe, you’re just being. When you look, that’s when all the fun starts.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Website The Smoking Gun this week published an affidavit from Parker Stevenson, who is filing for divorce from Scientologist Kirstie Alley. In addition to descriptions of wild and expensive parties and shopping sprees, the document describes Alley’s attempt to resolve the issue through Scientology procedures. “In numerous conversations with me, Kirstie has threatened to ‘bury me’ in legal fees, and she pursues her threat. Since the commencement of this action, Kirstie has made me fight for everything I have achieved to date, including the joint custody of our minor children, and continuance of the action in California, situs of our marital residence, the children’s residence, and the majority of our assets. I, through my California counsel, had diligently sought to resolve this matter without litigation and continue to do so. Kirstie initially wanted us to mediate our property, support and custody issues before a respected member of the Church of Scientology. I attended one five-hour meeting on December 28, 1996, and discovered that neither the mediator, nor Kirstie, had any knowledge of the law regarding the issues. Kirstie didn’t even understand the concept of sharing on an equal basis the property we had accumulated during our marriage. I told Kirstie that I needed the assistance of an attorney to advise me of the applicable law and my rights and obligations and I advised Kirstie to get similar advice.”



Random Howdy

“When I first read about the solo auditing I remember thinking, ‘This is genius! Hubbard has these dupes so bamboozled he’s got them ripping themselves off.’ The most expensive part of the Bridge and you’re conning yourself. How would that hold up in court on a fraud charge?”


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] The Scientology oversharer becomes a faith healer: It’s a Dianetics miracle!
[TWO years ago] Scientology gets another $1 million donor to make entire United States ‘ideal’ for takeover
[THREE years ago] In this week’s social media leak, a Scientology school is offering ‘doctorates’ for donations
[FOUR years ago] Beck tells Australian newspaper: ‘I’m not a Scientologist’
[FIVE years ago] As Leah Remini returns for a third round, here’s Scientology’s side of the story
[SIX years ago] VIDEO: Scientology gives its highest award to Nation of Islam minister, who thanks Allah
[SEVEN years ago] Leah Remini demands $1.5 million from Scientology for interfering with her A&E series
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology drug rehab policy: Get the sexual assaulter out of state before police arrive
[NINE years ago] The Scientologist who wouldn’t fly: The rise and fall of insurance mogul Richie Acunto
[TEN years ago] Mark Bunker Returns to Clearwater: Wise Beard Man Back in Scientology’s Mecca!
[ELEVEN years ago] Thanksgiving? Pshaw! The Scientology Begin-A-Boom Bookathon Starts TODAY!


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 3,221 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,736 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,286 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,276 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,157 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,461 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,332 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,437 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,884 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,226 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,792 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,711 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,878 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,460 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,721 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,757 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,473 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,037 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,352 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,527 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,078 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,209 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,547 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,402 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,521 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,877 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,180 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,286 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,684 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,560 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,125 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,638 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,892 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,001 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 22, 2023 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2022 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2022), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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