VALERIE HANEY'S OPPOSITION TO ARBITRATION: A strong no to Scientology's legal gambit - 2020-01-17
On January 30 there's going to be a huge early showdown for the major lawsuits filed against the Church of Scientology last summer. On that date, Scientology is going to try to convince Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr. that Valerie Haney's lawsuit should be put on ice so she can be forced into "religious arbitration."
Haney spent years as Scientology leader David Miscavige's personal steward, working in his private quarters at the organization's secretive international management compound near Hemet, California known as Gold Base or Int Base. She argues that because she knew so much about Miscavige's private life, she then became a prisoner on the base after she was moved to another job. She ultimately escaped in 2016 by hiding in the trunk of a car.
Now she's not only suing for kidnapping, but also for stalking, slander, and other counts resulting from the harassment she says she experienced after she went public with her story on Leah Remini's A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath.