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Common questions we get about Scientology’s court martial it calls ‘arbitration’

[Valerie Haney and Valeska Paris, both forced into ‘arbitration’]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’re still fuming after learning details about what Valerie Haney has been put through by Scientology in what it calls ‘arbitration.’ We thought we’d try to answer some of the most common questions we get from people (even attorneys) who are mystified by how this is happening. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“To give an auditor a well done when he has made a technical flub (despite a good result on the pc) is to hang the auditor with a win. The next time he does the same thing he is liable to get a resounding lose. In looking over folders one C/Ses against Standardness of application. The tech takes care of the rest. For a long time, auditing was ‘what you could get away with.’ It no longer is. It is the act of holding a standard. Only in that way does one get 100% wins.” — 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

“‘If I put in one more galaxy,’ a fellow said to me one day, ‘I’m going to sink straight through the crust of Earth.’ I don’t think he would have although the crust is only 40 miles thick and below that is nothing but molten lava. But anyway, he was getting too heavy.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 29, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“David Mayo is assigned as an Ad Course Auditor assisting Bob Guilford. This is in addition to his Flag Interneship. This post does the incidental auditing and minor repairs and rud flying needed by Ad Courses. Full checkout on these actions should be done at once. This includes HCO B 26 Apr 71.” — The Commodore, April 29, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Millions of beings knowingly came to earth over the last few decades on a mission to raise the vibration of the planet: Starseeds. This is a small fraction compared to the billions of new beings here that came unknowingly one way or another, but millions is still a lot. Many of them know their previous planetary race (if not direct memories, at least some knowingness). These people also sometimes have knowingness on angels (beings outside the MEST universe) so I would have thought much of the technology being released by Ron currently would be well suited to them.”



Past is Prologue

1995: Mojo Nixon has included a song ridiculing L. Ron Hubbard on his latest album, Whereabouts Unknown, on the Ripe & Ready label.


Random Howdy

“In Scientology, ripping off a wog isn’t a crime, it’s a duty.”


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] Mike Rinder and Jon Atack explain why you find it so difficult to leave Scientology
[TWO years ago] New trial granted in defamation case against author who exposed Scientology in Australia
[THREE years ago] ‘Almost Andy Reid’ says he’s unhappy that Scientology used him in propaganda video
[FOUR years ago] NASA’s new spacesuit shares a name with Scientology’s legendary galactic warlord!
[FIVE years ago] Scientology stepping up its promotion of chiropractic, demonizing of the AMA
[SIX years ago] As another tiny enclave of Scientologists digs deep for an Ideal Org — what would Ron say?
[SEVEN years ago] Garcias answer: Was Scientology not paying attention to an angry federal judge?
[EIGHT years ago] Ron Miscavige, his book ‘Ruthless,’ his nervous son, and Scientology Watching’s new reality
[NINE years ago] Want to go Clear? Has Scientology got a deal for you!
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s ‘Hogwarts’ doesn’t want you to think it’s connected to Scientology
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Metaphysics: After Death, Will You Go to Mars or Venus?


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 2,885 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,380 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,895 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,445 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,435 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,316 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,620 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,491 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,043 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,384 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,951 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,870 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,038 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,619 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,880 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,916 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,632 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,196 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,511 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,686 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,237 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,368 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,706 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,559 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,680 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,036 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,339 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,445 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,843 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,719 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,284 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,797 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,051 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,159 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 29, 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

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

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