VALERIE HANEY SEEKS WRIT: Victims' rights groups show support, Scientology cries bigotry - 2020-09-24
In a court document, the Church of Scientology is accusing the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, formerly known as Morality in Media, of "religious bigotry" because it is siding with Valerie Haney, Leah Remini's assistant, in her lawsuit against the church and its leader, David Miscavige.
NCOSE and another victims' rights group, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, are both urging a California appellate court to grant Haney an appeal in a lawsuit that Scientology successfully derailed at the trial court level, and Scientology is not happy about it.
On August 19, we published a statement by Valerie, who said she was not giving up her fight, even after Scientology successfully convinced Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge to derail her suit and force her into Scientology's "religious arbitration." Valerie made it plain that she was dead set against submitting to Scientology's arbitration after the way it had treated her, and we pointed out that her other avenue would be to file a petition for a writ of mandate with an appellate court, hoping that it would grant her an appeal of Burdge's ruling.