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Valerie Haney describes 2 more days of Scientology ‘arbitration’ torment

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Valerie Haney updates us on how her L. Ron Hubbard-inspired court martial is going, which Scientology is calling an ‘arbitration.’ We have details from two more days of accusations and recriminations that she has had to endure, thanks to an LA Superior Court ruling. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


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“Good auditors are valuable. They should be safeguarded, given favours and even pampered. Slow auditors should be drilled and given slow (new) pcs only until their own case gain brings them, with their drills, higher case gain and thus higher speed.” — 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

“That which men fear, they become. That’s a cinch. That which men resist, they become. Now, you know the Christian idea of turn the other cheek? Well, let’s get a comparable idea in Scientology. Not comparing Scientology to Christianity, but let’s get the comparable idea. The Christian idea of turn the other cheek had a little truth in it. Let’s get the comparable idea, and that is assume the other viewpoint. No more vicious and horrible person could possibly be alive than one who is willing to assume any viewpoint whatsoever. The MEST universe has rigged up more fairy tales to condemn people who would do this….You see, the MEST universe really wouldn’t be here at all unless people didn’t object to shifting viewpoints. People insist continually on a persistent viewpoint. They say you must have the same viewpoint over and over, day after day, year after year, century after century, and if they could enforce it they would put you into solid concrete and give you just the one viewpoint at the center of the solid concrete and say, ‘There you are and you had certainly better stay there or we’ll get impatient with you.’ You can’t control anybody who won’t assume the same viewpoint continuously.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 26, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“GOOD NEWS: With the return of 3 Missionaires a flood of good news was brought. The US Court of Appeals fired back and refused the FDA petition for a re-hearing in the meter case. So that is definitely ended. John McMasters has been touring with huge successes in the Western US and Hawaii and has been seeing many wigs in higher favourable interviews and has been on many national TV shows in the US all very well done. He has been highly commended and his mission ordered to be reinforced. We have a lovely new base all bought. We have been invited to participate in a beachhead. Plans are afoot from a new active group to open up Latin America. They already have a fine beachhead secured.” — The Commodore, April 26, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There’s no one on Mars. They’re long gone. This planet isn’t worth the gas it takes to get here. At least, not more than once every few thousand years. (Mars the observation outpost was mostly automated anyway.)”



Past is Prologue

1999: A preliminary hearing was held in Dennis Erlich’s copyright violations case. “Yesterday was my pretrial conference in San Jose. Federal judge Ronald Whyte presided. The scienos wanted all my witnesses removed. We had asked that material they had collected to Dead Agent and Black PR me and my witnesses from a confessional setting be banned from trial. The scienos asked Whyte to exclude ‘any reference to the practices or beliefs of Scientology, its history, the background or meaning of the copyrighted texts, Erlich’s own involvement with Scientology, and any testimony by any witness that has any relationship to Scientology.’ Whyte indicated he needed to know how the texts were used in scn and would welcome testimony, evidence or witnesses to that end. He made it clear that he was not going to use the trial to judge the merit or fraudulent nature of scn. Evidence Relating to Alt.Religion.Scientology. Whyte said he would need to see the ongoing discussions in order to determine the context of the alleged posts and the threads in which they allegedly occurred. Since some of the material deals with Fair Game and treatment of Espees, Whyte’s invitation for evidence and testimony about how the texts are used in the cult covers this. Harold asked the court to set a date for when the OT material and NOTs material had to be refiled – not under seal – and bedlam ensued at the scieno table. Whyte had unsealed the case and ordered to refile all their sealed filings, unsealed. Whyte lifted the 1997 protective order sealing the material in this case (the court file) because it was based on the bogus trade secret claims made by the scienos at that time. He also opted to maintain an open and public courtroom throughout the trial and declare the exhibits containing the courses at issue are not confidential at trial. In another order he bifurcated the case into a court trial on the scienos’ copyright claims, and a jury trial (not yet scheduled) for my counter-claims. Whyte also gave a clear indication that he wanted the case to settle before trial and ordered us to a settlement conference in front of Judge Fogel next Thursday. And he would, by that same day, be able to tell us if the trial was going to go forward on May 4th so we could inform all the witnesses that they’d be testifying. Whyte also denied the scienos’ motion to close the courtroom and trial to the public. On a sadder note, based on the theory that it would have been gathered eventually in discovery anyway, Whyte intends to allow the admission of evidence allegedly gleaned during the unconstitutional 7-hour raid the scienos perpetrated on me in February 1995, despite the fact it was obtained illegally.”


Random Howdy

“If it weren’t for the celebrities, David Miscavige would have less name recognition than Marshall Applewhite or whoever is running the Raelians.”


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] DA led Jane Doe 3 through devastating testimony yesterday, today cross begins
[TWO years ago] AUDIO LEAK: Scientology leader David Miscavige announces ‘Golden Age of Admin’
[THREE years ago] Scientology is not a cult: The reasoning of an OT 3 Scientologist
[FOUR years ago] Scientology shows that if government gives it even an inch, it tries to take over like a virus
[FIVE years ago] Scientology, breaking bad: Signs of desperation here and abroad
[SIX years ago] Kim Poff, finally free to speak: ‘I want this story out. I want people to know what Narconon did.’
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology retaliates against Clearwater land deal by trying to shiv a beloved dolphin
[NINE years ago] EXCLUSIVE: Secretly taped briefing uncovers precarious state of Scientology right now
[TEN years ago] Selling out, and other strange side-effects of Scientology watching


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 2,882 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,377 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,892 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,442 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,432 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,313 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,617 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,488 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,040 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,381 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,948 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,867 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,035 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,616 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,877 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,913 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,629 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,193 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,508 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,683 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,234 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,365 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,703 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,556 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,677 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,033 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,336 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,442 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,840 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,716 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,281 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,794 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,048 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,156 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 26, 2024 at 07:00

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