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Attorney to CA Supremes: Here’s how you can make history in Danny Masterson’s rape case

[Philip Cohen and his client, Danny Masterson]

On Friday, Danny Masterson’s attorney Philip Cohen submitted a reply to the District Attorney’s argument that the That ’70s Show actor and Scientology celebrity should not be granted review by the California state supreme court in his rape case. We have that document for you to look at.

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A Scientology celebrity emailed us the other day. And it started an exchange.

 
We received an email from a non-American Scientology celebrity recently, and it started a brief exchange, which we have edited here only very lightly for clarity. We are not identifying this person other than to point out their foreign origin and that they have had international success in a field of entertainment.

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Letters from Scientology’s celebrities that charmed the pants off LA’s city council

[Isaac and Anne, Church of Scientology photo]

Mike Rinder, over at his blog, pointed out last month that Scientologists were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the renaming of North Berendo Street in Los Angeles to “L. Ron Hubbard Way.”

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‘Aftermath’ subject Liz Gale is sharing her Scientology experiences on TikTok

 
Remember Liz Gale from Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath? We first wrote about Liz here at the Bunker in 2016, and her incredible story not only of growing up a third-generation Scientologist, but what it was like to watch her brother Philip Gale become a child prodigy, a genius in mathematics, who threw himself off a building at MIT on L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday in 1998.

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’: The only movie review you need if you’re being honest about Tom Cruise

 
When Luke Y. Thompson (AV Club) told us he’d screened Top Gun: Maverick but hadn’t been commissioned to write a review, we knew that we needed him to write one for the Underground Bunker. Our association with Luke goes back more than 20 years, to a now defunct publication, New Times Los Angeles, where he was one of the very few reviewers in the country who actually liked John Travolta’s Battlefield Earth. In other words, Luke calls them the way he sees them. We knew he’d have a unique take on Tom Cruise’s new movie, and we weren’t disappointed. (Top Gun: Maverick opens in US theaters on May 27.)

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Trafficking lawsuit: In Scientology, the tables turn quickly on abusers and the abused

[The new lawsuit focuses on hellish tales from Scientology’s cruise ship by Valeska Paris and others]

One of the really remarkable things about the new labor trafficking lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology is that its 88-page complaint names so many names.

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Tom Cruise pal Simon Pegg set to make film with rising star Scientologist director

 
It was just a few weeks ago that we told you about Adam Sigal, the Scientologist writer-director whose sci-fi dark comedy, Chariot, opened in theaters last month to mixed reviews (Metacritic score: 43).

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Scientology celebs in hot water: Danny’s not the only Masterson brother facing legal issues

[Danny, Christopher, and Jordan Masterson]

June 24, 2020: We publish our latest interview with Joe Reaiche, someone we’ve spoken to numerous times. And once again, we talk to him about being declared “suppressive” (an enemy) by the Church of Scientology, which requires his own family to cut off all contact with him in order to remain Scientology members in good standing. That not only includes his former wife Carol Masterson and the two stepsons he’s helped to raise, Danny and Christopher Masterson, but also his own children with Carol, Alanna Masterson and Jordan Masterson.

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How Scientology’s ardent followers prove their loyalty with blind (or near-sighted) obedience

 
Yacht Apollo, mid 1971. Seated uncomfortably on the edge of the red leather armchair across from L. Ron Hubbard’s desk reserved for his visitors during one-on-one conferences, I am fumbling miserably as LRH is quizzing me about the meaning of the word “resources.” While he is training me along with the rest of his Aides to conduct evaluations of failing organizations, with a view to improving their statistics via a tailor-made program, one important step of the process is to identify what resources are available to help improve the local situation.

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YouTuber takes a deep dive into Teami Blends and its connections to Scientology

[Adi Arezzini of Teami Blends]

Several weeks ago we heard from YouTuber Mary Betsy, who had some questions for us about Scientology and a family we’ve mentioned in numerous posts over the years, the Arezzinis.

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