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As Scientology tries to cut down lawsuit by Danny Masterson victims, more allegations

[Judge Upinder Kalra and Danny Masterson]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Today Scientology will be trying to derail the lawsuit filed by Danny Masterson’s victims. They’ve returned fire by posting more detail about the harassment they’ve gone through since coming forward. Today, we have the fourth declaration from a woman in the case, Bobette Riales. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail

“A degraded being is not a suppressive as he can have case gain. But he is so PTS that he works for suppressives only. He is sort of a super-continual PTS beyond the reach really of a simple S & D and handled only at Sect 3 OT Course. Degraded beings, taking a cue from SP associates, instinctively resent, hate and seek to obstruct any person in charge of anything or any Big Being.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1967




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

“One girl had married a man named Tom. She was very dissatisfied with Tom. She very much liked a fellow named George. She separated from Tom and married George. We took her into her past and found that her mother was married to a man named George and was very much afraid that George would leave her. All this was in the poor girl’s engrams. They told her she had to love George and stay with George. There was a person in the case named Tom whom her mother detested. This girl had been in love with about twenty-three men, all named George. This was a reactive mind marriage.” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 13, 1951


Avast, Ye Mateys

“What one gets Comm Eved for is in the P/Ls, FOs, FSOs, CBOs and HCOBs. You can’t be Comm Eved for failing to follow an illegal order. You sure can be for departing from policy issues. Orders don’t equal orders equal orders. That’s the road to disaster. Some orders are senior to others. A dock worker telling you to put on your jacket is not the same as your division head telling you to do so. You have policy to keep things straight. If policy doesn’t cover, request clarification. If you are doing something other than your hat, sooner or later it will catch up to you. I count on you to wear your hat as laid down by P/Ls, FOs, CBOs, FSOs and HCOBs. Don’t let me down.” — The Commodore (1971)


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I am an OT and irregardless of life’s circumstances I cannot be broken. Changing the world? Well that’s another thing. One OT has already proven it can be done. Look at LRH. Or even look at Sadhguru. Both are OTs and LRH was Guatama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, and Sadghuru was vida, the founder of mysticism. Look what both of those OTs have done in their times alone as OTs. Millions of people are going Clear. Thousands of OTs are being born. Have faith in yourself and have faith in humanity and you will succeed. Look at all things in life. Be there comfortably. And look don’t believe.”


Past is Prologue


1997: Dave Touretzky reported a probable sighting of a Scientology private investigator at his home. Dave maintains the NOTS Scholar’s web site, which Scientology has threatened legal action against in the past few months. “On Friday Feb. 7, 1997, as I was leaving my apartment, I ran into the apartment complex’s maintenance man, Rich, who asked me if the ‘CMU investigator’ who was looking for me had managed to get hold of me. I asked him what he was referring to. It turns out that a few days before, Rich had spotted a suspicious-looking guy with an RCA camcorder filming the parking lot and my apartment building. The guy then went into my building and came out again. (I wasn’t home.) Rich asked him what he was doing, and the guy told him that he was an investigator for CMU (Carnegie Mellon University, my employer), and he wanted to speak with me. He asked Rich some questions about me, specifically, had they had any trouble with me such as wild parties or drugs. Rich figured I was being checked out for a job, so he gave the guy his own name and answered his questions as best he could. There was no dirt to tell; I’ve always had a good relationship with my landlord. The guy also said he’d heard that I was ‘a computer whiz,’ and asked about that, but Rich didn’t know anything about it. I informed CMU’s lawyer of these events. He was not amused to hear that a PI was running around claiming to work for the university. Perhaps OSA is planning a burglary. I am taking appropriate precautions.”


Random Howdy

“Scientology was touted as the religion for the space age, but stylistically it’s firmly stuck in the time period of, let’s say, 1950 to the 1980s. In its own way Scientology and its members come across as being every bit as tragically unhip as their Fundamentalist Christian counterparts. Squares from Space.”


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 January 29, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, motion to strike/anti-SLAPP motions by Scientology to be heard January 9, 2024.
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] When John Travolta first opened up about his Scientology involvement
[TWO years ago] Here’s the 2022 Scientology Super Bowl ad, this year’s ‘mystery sandwich’
[THREE years ago] Let’s bring one of Scientology’s most notorious bag men out of the shadows
[FOUR years ago] Agency that wouldn’t check on Shelly Miscavige makes visit to Underground Bunker commenter
[FIVE years ago] ‘Aftermath’ subject Brandon Reisdorf arrested for entering San Diego Scientology church
[SIX years ago] Evidence, finally, of how Scientology obsessively tracks down its former members
[SEVEN years ago] A new document shows how much Scientology obsesses over every member’s status
[EIGHT years ago] SCIENTOLOGY’S SPACE MAN: As of 2013, active Scientologists fewer than 20,000 worldwide
[NINE years ago] Days before crucial hearing, Scientology pulls out a ghost to sway a federal judge
[TEN years ago] Scientology video: Some of the best L. Ron Hubbard word salad ever
[ELEVEN years ago] Underground Bunker Reader Gets Declared a Suppressive Person by Scientology


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Tammy Synovec has not seen her daughter Julia in 2,809 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,304 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,819 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,369 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,359 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,240 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,544 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,415 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,967 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,308 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,875 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,794 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,962 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,543 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,804 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,840 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,556 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,120 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,435 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,610 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,161 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,292 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,630 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,485 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,604 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,960 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,263 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,369 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,767 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,643 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,208 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,721 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,975 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,084 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 13, 2024 at 07:00

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