Philly lawyers suing Danny Masterson don't want Scientology to have their home addresses - 2020-04-23
Last year, a group of high-profile attorneys based in Philadelphia who had made names for themselves suing or prosecuting on behalf of people who had been victimized by Catholic priests, massage parlors, and even Bill Cosby set their sights on the Church of Scientology. They filed three big lawsuits, and the second of them was a real doozy: In August they filed a lawsuit on behalf of the four women who had come forward to the Los Angeles Police Department with allegations that they had been violently raped by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson. They're suing Masterson, Scientology, and Scientology leader David Miscavige for what they claim has been a coordinated campaign of harassment since the women came forward to the LAPD in 2016.
Some eight months later, and after numerous twists and turns in the case, those big-name Philly lawyers have still not been formally admitted to litigate the case in the Los Angeles Superior Court, which would normally be a formality. But Scientology, following its usual scorched-earth legal strategy, has thrown a wrench into the process, objecting to the attorneys being allowed in. (In the meantime, the Philly team is relying on a Burlingame attorney named Bobby Thompson to handle things locally, with additional help from Santa Monica attorney Graham Berry.)
We've told you about Scientology's two attempts to object to the attorneys being admitted to the court of Judge Steven Kleifield. Initially, Scientology claimed that Brian Kent and the other Philly lawyers had not, in their applications, been specific about their other "pro hac vice" appearances in California and elsewhere.