DANNY MASTERSON ACCUSERS DENIED RIGHT TO TRIAL, FORCED TO 'RELIGIOUS ARBITRATION' - 2020-12-31
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven J. Kleifield, like his colleague Judge Richard Burdge, has found that former Scientologists trying to sue the church over allegations that they were harassed years after they left it have no right to trial because of contracts they signed as members of the organization. In this case, the plaintiffs are rape accusers of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson who had sued the church and the That '70s Show actor over what they claim was a campaign of stalking and libel since they came forward with their sexual assault allegations.
Judge Kleifield granted the Church of Scientology's motions to compel religious arbitration, staying the lawsuit in the case of the former Scientologists — Chrissie Carnell Bixler, her husband Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and two women going by the names Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2. The lawsuit continues for the fifth plaintiff, Bobette Riales, who was never a Scientologist.
This does not affect Danny Masterson's criminal case, which is an entirely different matter. This only regards the civil lawsuit that four of his rape accusers had brought (and the husband of one of them) regarding harassment since they came forward to the LAPD with their rape allegations.