A Judge Ruled That The Woman Suing The Church Of Scientology Must Participate In “Religious Arbitration”
The Church of Scientology is responsible for some of the worst crimes against humanity, the least of which is the staggering number of different fake titles for Top Gun: Maverick I’ve had to come up with in the past year. And I’ve actually had it pretty easy compared to Valerie Haney who filed a lawsuit against the organization last June charging the COS with a number of crimes including “kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking, false imprisonment, libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” (via Us Weekly) or what Scientologists call “Tuesday.” Unfortunately for Valerie, according to The Hollywood Reporter, her case has just been ordered into “religious arbitration” in accordance with “departure documents” she claims she signed “under threat of imprisonment,” “in a room with only Scientology’s general counsel and a man armed with a gun.” These motherfuckers.
Us Weekly reports:
On January 30, a judge granted the church’s motion to take Haney’s case to arbitration. She is accusing the institution and Miscavige — whose ex-Scientologist father, Ron Miscavige, says his “rise to power turned him from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde” — of kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking, false imprisonment, libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Lawyers for the church, however, say Haney signed documents while still a member — and shortly before she officially left in 2017 — agreeing to resolve disputes internally with the church. (The church has also repeatedly and vehemently denied Haney’s claims, slamming her lawsuit as baseless.)
And now that Haney’s case will not be heard in a court of law, she will have to face the members of the church’s internal court system called “A Committee of Evidence.”
THR says that the judge decided that Valerie essentially signing that “departure agreement” at gunpoint wasn’t enough to invalidate the agreement.
In pausing the case and sending the matter to arbitration, the judge writes, “While Plaintiff does specifically attest that a ‘man with a gun’ observed her sign the Departure Agreement, which, if true, may be circumstantial evidence that the Departure Agreement was entered into due to duress or coercion, but she does not explain what this man did to coerce her to sign. Also, it does nothing to show that the earlier agreements were entered into due to duress or coercion.”
THR also notes that COS is also pushing for religious arbitration in the suit filed against them by four women who claim they were stalked and harassed after reporting they were raped by Danny Materson. COS argues that “these women agreed to ecclesiastical justice procedures when they first committed to practice Scientology.” As angry as this all makes me, it makes Leah Remini even angrier, which in turn makes me happy, so thanks COS for that one thing only. Here’s what Leah had to say about the ruling against Valerie.
Mike Rinder, Leah’s fellow anti-Scientologist crusader, adds:
When I spoke to Valerie, she put it perfectly: “A judge asking me to engage in a religious arbitration with a religion I escaped from and am no longer part of is a far cry from anything I had expected from a rational court. I’m not going away. I am not going to be shut down or shut up. The battle has just begun. All this does it harden my resolve to bring an end to the abuses.”
Hopefully this means the COS will one day actually be held accountable for their actions and I won’t ever have to come up with fake titles for Risky Business 2: Ballz2ThaWallz.