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Priscilla Presley lawsuit gains a new bombshell in the fine print

[Dame Brigitte Kruse and Priscilla Presley in happier times]

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 keeping an eye on an interesting lawsuit filed by Priscilla Presley’s former business manager, a story we broke over at the Daily Beast in February. And now, a new version of the lawsuit contains a surprising new claim that we had to dig to find. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


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“Any habitual drug taker applying for auditing while still on drugs should be given a six weeks “drying out” period, off drugs this whole time, and then the drug taking (by somatic or sensation of drugs or prior assessment to drugs—preferably both) must be run out as an early auditing action. A person who has taken aspirin or other drugs within the past 24 hours or the past week, should be given a week to “dry out” before auditing of any kind is given.” — 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

“Now we take eating and condense it down. That is to say, let’s make food scarce and let’s make it very hard to get — and we got a condensation, you might say, which completely escapes time itself. And you go outside of time and get sex. That is to say, the outside of present time and you get future time, which is sex. An individual goes right straight off the time track between eating and sex, and there’s nothing will float on a time track like a sexual engram. They just float all over the time track; they don’t nail down at all. They’re very mobile. Believe me.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 3, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“No new crew cases should be begun until ‘parked’ ones are pushed up into Solo range. ‘Complete in HGC’ is the target. Dozens of cases are overlong in grade. L10s should be completed only after OT III anyway. So an HGC completion does not mean ‘all possible pgms we can do in HGC.’ It means just get the pc safely off into Solo. There are also some non-soloing solo auditors aboard. FEBCs who have Solo work to be done should be shoved onto it hard within 48 hours of arrival. I want to see crew ‘HGC Completes’ up through the roof and Solo w.d. hours ranging around 900 a week minimum!” — The Commodore, May 3, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“More than a year and a half ago now, an incident happened with my daughter. Her teacher sent home from 5th grade a VERY disturbing writing she had done in class. This prompted removing all sharp objects and placing them in a lock box. I emailed Ron to ask for some remote help. He asked for her name and our location. A few weeks later he emailed me he’d done what he could and hoped it was helpful. (Now, for those here who have no understanding of the spiritual universe, this is very normal. Static, after all, has no location, but Thetans attach themselves compulsively to bodies. The GE seems to have the function to RUN a body. Others are NOT the ‘owners’ but they think they are!) Ron ran various Infinity procedures and the BT’s that were planting bad ideas in her went on to productive spiritual activities elsewhere. Is this a win? Beyond words.”



Past is Prologue

1999: The Irish Times reported that a former Scientologist who is suing for infliction of stress and brainwashing procedures. “A 33-year-old Dublin businesswoman who is suing the Church of Scientology for damages because she claims she was ‘brainwashed’ yesterday in the High Court won her application to see her ‘counseling notes.’ The church’s claim to be entitled to ‘sacerdotal privilege’ in relation to the notes was rejected by Mr Justice Geoghegan. Ms Mary Johnston said she needed the documents to prepare for her action for damages against the church and three named persons, Mr John Keane, described as ‘mission holder’, Mr Tom Cunningham and Mr Gerard Ryan, described as church members. In her statement of claim Ms Johnston alleged that while undergoing ‘treatment’ offered by the church she suffered increasingly with a ‘disassociative stress reaction’, became intolerant and rejected family and friends. She claimed she suffered a distinct personality change, would often adopt a fixed stare and simulated smile while switching off her feelings. She became increasingly confused, and her general health suffered. She alleged she was pressurised into subscribing for ‘a purification rundown and training routeing’. The church and the three named members denied Ms Johnston’s claims. It made a claim of ‘sacerdotal privilege’ in relation to a ‘counseling’ folder sought by her. Mr Justice Geoghegan, in a reserved judgment, held that as Ms Johnston had waived any privilege alleged to exist in relation to her counseling notes he could not uphold the plea by the church of sacerdotal privilege.”


Random Howdy

“The only people who don’t adore me are the people who abhor me, and that’s just how I want it. You’re either in or you’re out.”


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] Judge Olmedo nixes defense claim that door was opened to Danny Masterson’s own report
[TWO years ago] What the New Yorker left out of its story about Elisabeth Moss and Scientology
[THREE years ago] Scientology can’t get enough corrupt South American police generals under its wing
[FOUR years ago] Scientology boasts about members keeping up online — and once again reveals its true size
[FIVE years ago] Scientology measles ship Freewinds ditches St. Lucia quarantine for Curaçao, its home port
[SIX years ago] How Scientology’s mental health ideas end up enabling the worst compulsions
[SEVEN years ago] Confirmation of the 2009 FBI trafficking probe of Scientology that the church denied
[NINE years ago] Whale watching: The wealthy donors keeping Scientology afloat, 2015 edition
[TEN years ago] Ken Dandar gets another day in court after his $1 million Scientology judgment
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology is Staking Everything On Portland Like It Actually Matters


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 2,889 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,384 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,899 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,449 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,439 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,320 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,624 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,495 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,047 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,388 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,955 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,874 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,042 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,623 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,884 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,920 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,636 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,200 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,515 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,690 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,241 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,372 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,710 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,563 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,684 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,040 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,343 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,449 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,847 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,723 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,288 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,801 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,055 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,163 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 3, 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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