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Scientology’s heyday: When you got golden tickets for past-life therapy

[Charlie, you’re going to Flag!]

We’re continuing to go through a remarkable cache of pristine Scientology materials from the mid-1980s that a former ‘OT’ church member recently sent us.

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LEAKED: Watch Scientology ‘OTs’ pressured to donate tens of thousands in wild video

 
With the Austin ‘Ideal Org’ preparing to open, this leak is especially timely.

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What’s going on at the compound where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige?

 
Remember “Rachel”? She’s the person who tipped us off several years ago about a possible sighting of Shelly Miscavige in the town of Crestline, just about a mile from the small Scientology mountain compound in Southern California where we believe that Shelly’s been kept since the summer of 2005.

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Scientology sends out a deluge of mailers as its newest Texas location prepares to open

 
We’re getting the sense that Scientology leader David Miscavige is itching to cut the ribbon on his new “Ideal Org” in Austin, Texas. That’s one of the renovations that he had nearly completed when the pandemic shut everything down in March 2020.

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Danny Masterson’s odds? Juries really don’t like Scientology, Wise Beard Man reminds us

[On Cleveland Street yesterday]

So now it can be told. While we were preparing for our quick trip to LA to cover Danny Masterson’s criminal arraignment, we heard from a French television network that wondered if we might be able to help them with a segment on Scientology they were preparing.

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The Scientology celebrity blues: ‘Oh, Danny boy, the banks, the banks are calling…’

[Danny and his Hollyridge Drive estate]

Last September we told you about something very strange we had run across looking through federal litigation: In 2013 Danny Masterson had begun a rather quixotic fight with the mortgage holders of his Hollywood house. Acting as his own lawyer in multiple lawsuits he filed, he had turned in nearly incomprehensible legal briefs that judges dismissed as a lot of nonsense.

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Ecclesiastical cardio: David Miscavige spotted jogging on the beach in Clearwater

[Illustration by Observer]

If Scientology leader David Miscavige hadn’t spent so many years making himself so scarce, this would hardly be worth mentioning.

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VIDEO: Danny Masterson on his chances after arraignment on rape charges: ‘I feel fantastic’

[Masterson, his attorney Tom Mesereau, and Danny’s mother Carol leave the building.]

Today’s court hearing was brief, but we learned a few things about Danny Masterson’s upcoming challenge facing rape charges that may put him in prison for 45 years to life if he’s convicted.

Continue reading VIDEO: Danny Masterson on his chances after arraignment on rape charges: ‘I feel fantastic’

Reporting from Los Angeles: Danny Masterson’s civil and criminal hearings today

[Danny Masterson and his attorney Tom Mesereau]

UPDATE: Judge Eleanor Hunter arraigned Danny Masterson today and set a schedule that suggests an early November trial date. Next court hearing is August 9, when Masterson will argue a motion to dismiss the case on lack of evidence. Our updates from court below.

Once again we’re on the scene this morning in Los Angeles, bringing you coverage at Los Angeles Superior Court as Danny Masterson faces hearings in two different buildings, and he’s actually expected to be in person at one of them, his afternoon arraignment on criminal rape charges following a dramatic four day preliminary hearing.

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When going OT was the bomb: Testimonials about Scientology in its heyday

 
We recently came into possession of a remarkable cache of Scientology materials from the mid 1980s, and the condition they are in is pretty stunning. Some of this stuff looks like it just came from the printer.

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