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How it went down: Transcript of Judge Olmedo denying Danny Masterson’s motion to dismiss

[Judge Charlaine Olmedo and Danny Masterson]

On June 30, we told you that Danny Masterson was getting perhaps his last chance to disrupt his criminal rape case. His attorneys Philip Cohen and Shawn Holley were in court that day, arguing that the first of the three counts against him, the allegations of Jane Doe 1, should []


Scientology fundraising is getting both desperate and weirder than usual

 For years now, we’ve posted the especially lengthy fliers that Scientology puts out crowing about the latest fundraiser. And recently, we’ve noticed something new: Scientologists in one part of the country being asked to fork over huge amounts of money in order to fund a new “Ideal Org” in a completely different []

Podcast: It’s Scientology’s move in several court cases, and we try to keep it all straight

 It’s an interesting moment when it comes to the several cases of Scientology litigation that we keep an eye on: Right now, we’re waiting on the edge of our seats for Scientology to make its next move in several big []

The Insider: What I’m seeing is a Scientology in big trouble

 Late last year, we got some eye-opening reports on how hard the pandemic has been on Scientology from someone inside the organization. We dubbed them The Insider, and they told us about chaos caused by Covid, new details on the ‘Chase Wave’ financial debacle, a detailed description of the Ideal Org scam, and even told []

Scientology will try to derail new labor trafficking lawsuit with ‘arbitration’ strategy

[Plaintiff Valeska Paris and the Freewinds]

Scientology is still several days away from its deadline to make its first answer to the major new labor trafficking lawsuit that was filed against the church in April, but in a new court document, Scientology’s attorneys have revealed that they will be using their favorite strategy to try and []

In court today: Scientology responds to Valerie Haney naming Elisabeth Moss as an arbitrator

[Valerie Haney and Elisabeth Moss]

At a court hearing today, we’ll find out how Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gail Killefer and the Church of Scientology react to Valerie Haney nominating actress Elisabeth Moss to be an arbitrator in her []

Of course Scientology works — it has graphs and charts and stuff!

[Stuck in life? LRH has a chart for that!]

Leaks like the one we have today are really fascinating to us, because they allow us to put ourselves in the position of Scientologists being hit up by this relentless organization that asks so much from its members, and of course asks for so much of their []

As Scientology’s struggles continue, it’s time to declare your independence!

 Here in the United States we are celebrating our independence, and we hope you are too, wherever you are. []

Tom Cruise benefiting from Scientology Sea Org slave labor: The photographic proof

 Talking to a source about some Sea Org matters recently, we happened to notice that one of our most important stories about the Sea Org at the Village Voice is now missing a set of very important photos. So, as we have done with some other older stories at the Voice that have lost media, []

Podcast: Claire Headley on the questions Tom Cruise never gets asked

 This week, Tom Cruise reached a new milestone as his movie Top Gun: Maverick became his first ever billion-dollar box office smash. But amid all the hoopla, several people have dared to dampen the party by pointing out that Tom, besides being a movie star, is also the face and the symbol for a certain []