SCIENTOLOGY ARBITRATION DENIED: Appeals court revives lawsuit by Masterson accusers - 2022-01-19
In a 39-page ruling, a California appeals court struck down a lower court's decision that had derailed the lawsuit filed by Danny Masterson's rape accusers against the That '70s Show actor and against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.
Filed in 2019, the lawsuit is not directed at Masterson over the rape allegations that have him facing 45 years to life in a parallel criminal case, but instead was aimed at Masterson and Scientology over the years of harassment the plaintiffs say they have gone through after coming forward with their allegations to the LAPD in 2016.
Scientology had successfully derailed the suit by arguing that four of the five plaintiffs, who were former Scientology church members, had signed service contracts that obligated them to take any grievance to Scientology's internal "religious arbitration" rather than to a court of law. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield agreed with that argument and granted Scientology's motion, forcing the lawsuit into arbitration on December 30, 2020.