Danny Masterson changes his tune about criminal case in new civil brief - 2020-08-24
We suspect that things are really going to heat up in the civil lawsuit filed by four women against Danny Masterson and Scientology in anticipation of next week's big hearing.
On September 4, the "demurrer" filed by Masterson will be heard as he refutes the allegations by the women, who say they were raped by Masterson in incidents between 2001 and 2004 — they're suing Masterson and the church and its leader David Miscavige for what they say has been a harassment campaign since they came forward to the LAPD with their rape allegations in 2016. Masterson denies those allegations and calls the civil lawsuit a publicity stunt.
If you remember, in May we rather graphically reported on the request that Masterson made, asking that whole sections of the lawsuit be tossed out because they referred to an ongoing criminal investigation of him. At that point, Masterson and his attorneys were still denying that there was a criminal investigation, saying that the allegations had been looked into and dropped years ago. And he wanted references to a criminal probe stricken because they were "extraneous, irrelevant, and prejudicial."