Ahead of next week's hearing, Danny Masterson's accusers blast his attacks on their lawsuit - 2020-08-26
On Friday next week, a hearing is scheduled at Los Angeles Superior Court that will consider Scientologist actor Danny Masterson's "demurrer," a legalistic attack on a lawsuit filed by four women who allege that they were raped by Masterson, and after they came forward to police with those allegations they were subjected to an ongoing harassment campaign by Masterson, Scientology, and Scientology's leader David Miscavige.
In response to the lawsuit, Masterson filed his demurrer, accusing the women of filing their lawsuit as a publicity stunt, of citing incidents that were too random to be examples of a concerted harassment campaign, and for improperly putting together unrelated issues in a single lawsuit. He's also asked that references to a criminal investigation be taken out of the lawsuit, and Scientology has its own demurrer filed against one of the women, Bobette Riales, with similar arguments against her inclusion in the suit.
Since those demurrers were filed, however, Masterson has been charged criminally for raping three of the women and is facing a possible prison sentence of 45 years to life. And while that criminal case naturally takes center stage and will likely lead to a stay of this lawsuit as we discussed on Monday, there's still a lot at stake for next week's hearing, which will be the first really substantive hearing in this lawsuit since it was filed a year ago.