Valerie Haney to state supremes: Scientology abuses less real than deadlines in a pandemic? - 2020-11-17
We have that document now, and we're surprised to see that a matter as important as Valerie's, which may force a woman to seek justice by having to crawl back to her abuser, is being held up over concerns about the interpretation of court deadlines, and in the unprecedented time of a global pandemic.
In January, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge denied Valerie the right to a trial when he granted a motion filed by the Church of Scientology regarding its internal brand of "religious arbitration." A former Sea Org worker who had grown up in Scientology, Valerie spent years as church leader David Miscavige's personal steward, working in his private quarters at the secretive Gold Base near Hemet, California. She knew intimate details of Miscavige's life (some of which she shared with us in an interview), and she was one of the last people to see Dave's wife Shelly before she vanished in late summer 2005. After Shelly disappeared, Valerie was moved to another post and ended up working at Gold Base's video department as a casting director. She wanted desperately to leave the base, but knew that she would never be allowed to leave because of how much she knew about Miscavige and his private life. So she made her escape by hiding out in the trunk of the car of an actor who had been shooting a video at the facility. After her escape, Valerie went to work for Leah Remini as her assistant and they got to work on telling her story in the A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath. Valerie described how she was then subjected to a ferocious "Fair Game" campaign by Scientology as it tried to intimidate her with stalking private investigators.