Danny Masterson accusers: Scientology's illegal behavior shouldn't count as 'commerce' - 2020-12-10
As we near the December 18 showdown over Scientology "religious arbitration" in Los Angeles Superior Court, Danny Masterson's accusers have now responded to the extraordinary briefing going on, and their argument is a powerful one: Scientology should not get to count its illegal harassment and stalking of former members as legitimate "commerce" in order to deny them the right to trial.
We know that the lawsuit involving Danny Masterson and Scientology is a complex one, and it isn't easy to keep straight who's suing whom and over what. Even the celebrity-obsessed media that was all over it when this case was first filed in August 2019 have dropped away from these preliminary matters. But we're nearing an extraordinary legal moment in Scientology litigation, and we want to make sure you have a chance to understand what is going on.
Chrissie Carnell Bixler, her husband rocker Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Bobette Riales, and two women going by the names Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 filed this lawsuit in August 2019 alleging a campaign of harassment by Masterson, Scientology, and its leader David Miscavige. They say that the harassment was in retaliation for the women going to the LAPD in 2016 (and 2017 in the case of Riales) with allegations that Masterson had raped them in incidents between 2001 and 2004. When the lawsuit was filed, the LAPD investigation had been going on for nearly three years, and in that time, the plaintiffs claimed they had been subjected to an ongoing series of incidents involving surveillance, computer hacking, intimidation, and even their pets being harmed. It's that harassment which is the subject of the lawsuit, not the rape allegations.