With lawsuit in limbo, Danny Masterson accusers still trying to serve David Miscavige - 2021-05-08
So here's the situation: We're now only ten days away from the all-important preliminary hearing in the criminal rape prosecution of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson, and everything he and defense attorney Tom Mesereau have thrown at the case has failed to push that date back.
Danny is facing 45 years to life in prison if he's convicted of raping the three women he's accused of attacking in incidents between 2001 and 2003, and as we've explained in the past, because these women were Scientologists at the time and blame the church for preventing them to come forward sooner, the prelim is liable to be very bad for Scientology itself.
On the other hand, there's a civil lawsuit these three women filed in 2019 against Masterson and the church, and it's had a very different trajectory. The three alleged victims, one of their husbands, and another woman sued Masterson and Scientology not over the alleged rapes, but for the harassment campaign they say they've endured since the women came forward to the LAPD in 2016. But a December 30, 2020 ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield denied the former Scientologists the right to trial, and forced them to take their grievances to Scientology's internal "religious arbitration." After petitioning an appeals court and being denied, the plaintiffs have now asked the state supreme court to review the case and overrule Kleifield. (The court just announced that it will delay ruling on the request for review until June 17.)