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Two can play that game: Leah Remini presses for another judge change

[Leah Remini and defendant David Miscavige]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology leader David Miscavige convinced LA Superior Court to reward his bad behavior evading justice and grant him 2 judge changes in lawsuits that accuse of him of even worse behavior. Now, will the court grant Leah Remini a judge change for actual good reasons? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?


Technology Cocktail


“When you get the very rare pc who, well advanced, actually blows an engram by inspection you will know it. Such a pc already audits very fast — hard to keep up admin – and is clear or near clear. The somatic, the lot simply goes. If you try to push the pc into running it, some sort of fire-fight may occur, a thing to be avoided. If judgement of all this seems difficult, there’s a safe rule: ‘Let the pc have his win’.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969



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 [55] Mark Bunker [56] Trish and Liz Conley [57] Trish Conley [58] Alex Barnes-Ross [59] Alex Barnes-Ross [60] Alex Barnes-Ross [61] Alex Barnes-Ross [62] Alex Barnes-Ross [63] Alex Barnes-Ross [64] Tory Christman [65] Tammy Synovec [66] Dennis Erlich [67] Alex Barnes-Ross [68] Valerie Ross [69] Kat in Austin [70] Mark Bunker [71] Phil Jones



Source Code

“I only talk about animal psychologists because I want the beast to be known by his right name. That’s all he is and all he ever pretended to be. Any psychologist is an animal psychologist because the basic theory on which he operates is ‘man is an animal.’ So we call him animal psychologist. And I think that will effectively take care of that as the years roll along. Now, don’t ever use that word psychologist after this. See, just use animal psychologist, always. And you’ll get it around. You’ll find the Times, sooner or later, will be talking about the animal psychologist. And people will be phoning them up to take care of their horses. I wouldn’t let them though. And I don’t even like horses. I wouldn’t let them take care of my horse.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 17, 1962


Avast, Ye Mateys

“ORG SECURITY: Mail and telex security and personal mail still must maintain security. Now and then an incompetent or false report wipes out security. The object is to make it difficult for an enemy to predict location and activity. We have had several severe upsets traceable to lack of security. You don’t name ports or detail plans in personal letters or org telexes. You carefully obscure them — Halifax becomes ‘our last port.’ ‘We intend to go to the Seychelles’ becomes ‘we’ll soon be in warmer climes.’ Lloyd’s Weekly Shipping Register was rumored to carry us port to port. This is false. We are never listed as we’re a yacht. But there are at least six other commercial Apollos. Scn orgs have taken to advertising the SO. This is silly. The SO is not their product. We are the organization three feet behind the head of Scn orgs. We succeed if we are least noticed.” — The Commodore, April 17, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The core of this procedure is in the conversion of enmest and entheta back into mest and theta (aligned and balanced); one creates an equilibrium of forces which was in an imbalance, enturbulated; it converts enmest and entheta back into its rightful condition, which leads to more power, knowledge and beingness for the one causing it. Theta applies the laws of mest for the purposes of conquering it.”



Past is Prologue

1998: The Washington Post published an article, which included discussion of comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s involvement in Scientology. “Seinfeld, while he says he is not a member of the Church of Scientology, took pains during an interview to defend the controversial sect. He said he had taken Scientology courses years earlier and found them to be very ‘pragmatic’ and helpful. He said he was ‘interested in Eastern religions generally,’ apparently thinking Scientology to be one of them. ‘I think the stuff I learned there really did help me a lot,’ he said. When reminded then that Time magazine had just run a cover story about Scientology that included charges it was a ‘thriving cult of greed and power’ and a ‘ruthless global scam,’ Seinfeld scowled and dismissed the article as ‘poor journalism.'”


Random Howdy

“It all depends on what the definition of a ‘win’ is. Somebody claiming they were cured of their asthma or allergies is ridiculous. Somebody saying that auditing made them happier is vague BS also. The only thing you ‘win’ in Scientology is the Booby Prize.”


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 May 17, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Some defamation claims were removed by Judge Hammock. Leah seeking to amend her complaint.
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: motion to file new complaint, hearing on May 29.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration, hearing on April 16.
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] Danny Masterson, the retrial: Jury selection begins this morning and we’re on scene
[TWO years ago] It’s a Scientology Easter bonnet parade: Founder L. Ron Hubbard in his best finery!
[THREE years ago] Scientology ‘Sea Org’ members are a cut above, and have to prove it day and night
[FOUR years ago] New amended complaint packs a wallop in Miami Scientology child sex assault lawsuit
[FIVE years ago] Spyentology: For Scientology, operating as an intelligence agency is a religious mandate
[SIX years ago] More proof that L. Ron Hubbard really did want Scientologists to consider him the Antichrist
[SEVEN years ago] Before Scientology’s Xenu was a genocidal galactic overlord, he was a … mountain?
[EIGHT years ago] Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ at Tribeca today, & more in our social media review
[NINE years ago] Is France dropping its anti-Scientology fervor because Tom Cruise is just too délicieux?
[TEN years ago] Leah Remini ‘Fair Gamed’ by Scientology? Her sister gets a visit, and Tony Dovolani is tailed
[ELEVEN years ago] Love in the Time of Miscavige


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 2,873 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,368 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,883 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,433 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,423 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,304 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,608 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,479 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,031 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,372 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,939 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,858 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,026 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,607 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,868 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,904 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,620 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,184 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,499 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,674 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,225 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,356 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,694 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,547 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,668 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,024 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,327 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,433 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,831 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,707 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,272 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,785 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,039 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,147 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 17, 2024 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

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