Was it something they said? The Scientology 'arbitration' hearing Judge Kleifield nuked - 2020-12-16
One of the most surprising turns in Scientology litigation in a generation occurred a few weeks ago when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield took matters into his own hands and challenged the Church of Scientology over its "religious arbitration" legal strategy.
Underground Bunker readers know that Scientology has been on a roll in recent years with this gambit, derailing two important lawsuits by claiming that former Scientologists should be denied the right to trial and should take their grievances instead to Scientology's own internal religious arbitration procedure. Both times it worked, courts appeared helpless to stop it, and we saw a couple of important lawsuits thrown into limbo.
That appeared to be about to happen in an even more important lawsuit, the one brought by Danny Masterson's rape accusers, who are suing the That '70s Show actor and the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige for what they say has been a years-long harassment campaign since they came forward to the LAPD with their sexual assault claims. (Masterson was charged criminally this June for raping three of the four women who sued him, but that is a separate matter from the lawsuit.)