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

[Valerie Haney and Elisabeth Moss]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We broke the news Friday that Valerie Haney had made the clever move of naming actress Elisabeth Moss to be an arbitrator now that her lawsuit has been forced to Scientology’s jackleg justice system. We’ve learned more about what happened that day, and it helps set us up for this morning’s court hearing. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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

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

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: It’s another creepy letter from Scientology, and this time the come-on is one we don’t see every day. We need the oldtimers to interpret this arcane approach for us! Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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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.

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

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: When Lawrence Wright wrote that Tom Cruise benefited directly from Sea Org labor in his 2011 New Yorker article, we posted crucial images at the Village Voice that backed him up. We’re reposting that story today not only because the Voice no longer carries the images, but also because Tom Cruise is in the news again. (And it’s his birthday!) Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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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 totalitarian-leaning organization that we happen to keep an eye on around here.

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Australia gained 2 million people between 2016 and 2021 — and lost 26 Scientologists

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We know you’ve been curious about the number of Scientologists that were counted in the latest Australian census gathered by the country’s Bureau of Statistics. We were too. So we wrote them. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

NEW AT SUBSTACK: Valerie Haney submits cheeky letter to Scientology, nominating Elisabeth Moss to be her “arbitrator.”

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Today: Danny Masterson’s last chance to avoid criminal trial in October?

[Attorney Philip Cohen and his client, Danny Masterson]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Danny Masterson’s attorneys are back in court today trying to convince Judge Olmedo to drop one count of the rape case against him, and we have details from the latest legal filings. Could it be the last hurdle before trial? Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

UPDATE: MOTION DENIED We’ve sent out a report on Substack after talking to Jeffrey Augustine about today’s hearing. It should arrive in your email inboxes if you have subscribed for free emails.

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‘Top Gun’ event brings Scientology huge donations from deliriously happy pilgrims

 
We told you a few weeks ago that the fundraisers at Scientology couldn’t help themselves and they jumped on the Tom Cruise bandwagon, trying to get a piece of that ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ success.

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Odd coincidence: For now, Paul Haggis and Danny Masterson both have trial dates of Oct 11

[Masterson and Haggis]

After a court hearing in New York yesterday, Paul Haggis finally got the trial date that both sides in his case have been requesting for more than two years. But when we heard the date, we had to do a double-take.

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After ‘Roe,’ can Scientology continue to force Sea Org women into unwanted abortions?

[From ‘No Kids Allowed’: Claire and Marc Headley and their then 2-year-old, Kaiden]

It was a question we heard from a number of our readers and sources after news broke Friday that the US Supreme Court had (as expected) struck down the landmark 1973 opinion Roe v. Wade.

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