Valerie Haney reacts to setback in lawsuit against Scientology: 'I will continue to fight' - 2020-08-19
Last week, we reported that Valerie Haney's attempt at a do-over in her lawsuit against the Church of Scientology had failed, the latest setback in what appeared to be a major legal attack against the church and its leader, David Miscavige, when Valerie first filed it in June 2019.
Valerie alleges that she was held against her will for years at Scientology's secretive Gold Base near Hemet, California, so that she had to escape by hiding in the trunk of a car. She then went to work for Leah Remini as her assistant and became the focus of the premiere episode of third and final season of Leah's A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. As she did that work, Valerie says she was subjected to a fierce 'Fair Game' retaliation campaign by Scientology, which included being smeared online. In her lawsuit, she alleged kidnapping, slander, libel, and other counts.
But Scientology successfully derailed her lawsuit in January by convincing Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge Jr that because Valerie had signed an exit agreement promising to take all disputes to Scientology's internal "religious arbitration" she was bound to that contract and could not sue Scientology in civil court — even though most of the things she's alleging took place after she had left her job.