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Former Scientology flak Tommy Davis potential witness in foreign-agent trial of Trump pal

[Tom Barrack arrives at court with Tommy Davis in tow (far left), July 26, 2021. Photo by Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Interest in former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis never wanes. So we knew we’d better jump on it when we saw him referenced online yesterday about a looming trial! Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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PODCAST: Checking on our predictions about Scientology celebs with expert Geoff Levin

[Geoff has the Celebrity Centre dope]

We know that many people are drawn to Scientology watching because of its celebrities, and we also have a certain fascination with them. And certainly, there’s a lot of press about them. Seems like just about every week you’ll see a breathless piece somewhere counting down Scientology’s celebrities, or listing the big names who have left.

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Jane Doe 1 makes rare statement: Don’t delay Danny Masterson trial for baseball conflict

[Danny Masterson and Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: After we published court documents showing how Danny Masterson is trying to delay trial, one of his accusers put out a rare statement. We have the full document put out by her attorneys. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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Danny Masterson delay attempt: Shawn Holley busy with Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer case

[Danny Masterson and Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer]

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Amended complaint: Even more horror in labor trafficking lawsuit against Scientology

[Scientology’s floating cathedral, the Freewinds]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: As promised, the plaintiffs in the new labor trafficking lawsuit against Scientology filed an amended complaint yesterday. We have the document, and we’ve done the work to show you what is new! Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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The Scientologists doing battle with the SEC over a $1 billion pile of cash

[Scientologists Matt Judkin and David Gentile]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: There’s an epic battle being fought in court over $1 billion that the SEC wants to keep out of the hands of bad actors. And Jeffrey Augustine explains what the SEC doesn’t: Those bad actors are Scientologists. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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He inscribed the night sky like no one else — and now he gets his due at Lowell Observatory

[Bob in his Prescott home lab]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Today we have a rare non-Scientology piece at the Underground Bunker. But we wanted to get the word out about an event in Arizona this month that will have us in attendance. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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Scientology leader David Miscavige is evading service, says the Valeska Paris team

[Illustration by Observer]

Once again a lawsuit has been filed against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, and somehow Miscavige has managed to keep himself out of court by simply evading service of the case.

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PODCAST: Pete Griffiths, the SP who ran a Scientology mission

 
We’ve known Pete Griffiths for years and we’ve written numerous stories about him, but the piece he wrote for us recently really seemed to hit a chord with the Bunker community.

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The spy who never was? L. Ron Hubbard and ‘Maj. Ian Macbean of the British Secret Service’

The South China Morning Post has published a lengthy piece by Paul French on L. Ron Hubbard’s trips to Asia as a teenager in the late 1920s. While much about this time in Hubbard’s life is already known and recapitulated in the article, it does a good job of highlighting one of the more mysterious figures to cross Hubbard’s path – a character Hubbard describes in his writings as “Major Ian Macbean of the British Secret Service.”

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