Game over? Scientology claims it's already won arbitration motion against Valerie Haney - 2020-01-24
More documents filed in Valerie Haney's lawsuit included a surprise. Attorney Matthew Hinks, representing Scientology's nominally controlling entity the Religious Technology Center, claims that Haney's law team blew a deadline, and therefore the motion to compel her into religious arbitration should be granted by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr.
Valerie filed her lawsuit last summer, alleging that she'd been abused as a Sea Org member and had to escape confinement at its secretive Int Base by hiding in the trunk of a car. When she went public with her story on Leah Remini's TV series, she was subjected to a frightening "Fair Game" harassment campaign, including smears about her sex life on websites operated by the church. She's suing RTC, the Church of Scientology International, and her old boss, Scientology leader David Miscavige.
Bolstered by a previous lawsuit it managed to head off by forcing the plaintiffs into "religious arbitration," RTC and CSI filed motions to do the same to Haney, claiming that whatever she was alleging she had signed religious employment contracts that obligated her to take her grievances to arbitration, not a court of law. RTC and CSI's motions were originally scheduled to take place on January 29 and 30, but both sides agreed to have them held at the same time on January 30.