In Light Of Danny Masterson’s Rape Arrest, Leah Remini Says Scientology’s Days Of “Getting Away With It” Are Numbered
Yesterday, we learned that Danny Masterson was charged with three counts of rape by force or fear for allegedly raping three women, all former Scientologists, between the years 2001 and 2003. The New York Times reports that Danny “was arrested on Wednesday morning and was later released on statutory bail” which was set at $3.3 million (of which Danny needed to pay 10% of, in cash). No need to sprain your brain trying to figure out why it took nearly 20 years for charges to be filed (Hint: Alien Space Magic Cult). Now, anti-Alien Space Magic Cult spokeswoman Leah Remini, who was instrumental in helping to get these charges filed, says Scientology’s “days of getting away with it [are] coming to an end!” And man does that “it” runs deep.
Leah posted about the news as it broke yesterday.
Finally, victims are being heard when it comes to Scientology! Praise the lord! This is just the beginning Scientology, your days of getting away with it is coming to an end! #justice #scientologytheaftermath https://t.co/oAFlIoWFYd
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) June 17, 2020
Danny is currently facing a sentence of 45 years to life and his arraignment is scheduled for September 18th. Danny is being represented by celebrity attorney Tom Mesereau whose past clients include Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Robert Blake, and Suge Knight. I guess being associated with Ashton Kutcher all those years really opened some doors! Tony Ortega of The Underground Bunker details just how involved Scientology was in protecting their “loyal soldier” Danny, and Leah’s role in helping his accusers to move forward with their allegations. He also reports some of the truly horrific details of the alleged assaults, if you have the stomach for it.
The first woman who was allegedly assaulted, whom we’ve been referring to as Victim A but who identified herself publicly as Chrissie Carnell, never previously reported her 2001 rape because, she told police, the Church of Scientology had discouraged her from doing so.
In 2016 Carnell learned from friends about two other women who claimed to have been assaulted by Masterson, whom we’re referring to as Victim B and Victim C. It turned out that Victim B had reported her 2003 rape to the LAPD in 2004, but the police closed that investigation after the Church of Scientology submitted numerous affidavits countering the woman’s account. Victim C told us that she had previously had a bad experience with the church when a Scientologist boyfriend attacked her, and so she didn’t bother going to the church or the police when Masterson allegedly raped her in 2003.
As an atrocious aside, Tony said in another post that Victim B “went to the church after her 2003 rape, and she was then made to pay about $15,000 for past-life Scientology therapy to help her discover what awful things she had done in previous centuries that would lead her to becoming a victim in this life.” Even worse, Tony says that the Celebrity Centre auditor who interrogated both Danny and Victim B in 2003, has since “been disappeared” and therefore has not been interviewed in this investigation.
After Carnell learned that there were two other women with stories similar to her own, she decided in November 2016 to go to police for the first time and report her incident. A week after she made that report to police, she contacted actress Leah Remini, whose A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, was about to debut.
Remini encouraged the women to speak with the police, and she even met with the LAPD’s first detective handling the case, Esther Reyes, as the investigation was just getting underway.
According to Tony, when Leah went in to talk to Detective Reyes, she saw a framed picture of Michael Peña, a Scientologist, on her wall. Leah said “do you know what that says to a young Scientologist who comes here to seek justice? My experience with the LAPD has not been good. I asked her to do the right thing by these girls, and I told her that the world is watching.” Tony reports that “all three women became very frustrated” with the LAPD, and specifically Det. Reyes, for dragging their feet throughout the investigation.
In March 2017 we reported that Carnell had sent a letter to then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck with specific complaints about Det. Reyes and how long it was taking for witnesses to be interviewed.
After the story of the investigation broke, the three women continued to complain to the LAPD about how they were being treated by the department. The LAPD then replaced Det. Reyes with Det. Javier Vargas, and soon the interviews with witnesses began taking place in earnest.
And let’s not forget the years and years of alleged harassment by the church Danny’s accusers faced, including the alleged murder of Chrissie Bixler‘s dog. Chrissie is one of four women who filed a civil lawsuit against Danny and The Church of Scientology, accusing them of harassment and stalking after they accused Danny of rape. That’s separate from the other lawsuit that was filed by Valerie Haney against Scientology accusing them of “kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking, false imprisonment, libel, slander, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” A judge in that case ordered Valerie into “religious arbitration.“
I have to admit, at first blush, an Alien Space Magic Cult sounds kind of fun, but in reality, I think it’s safe to say its actually a major bummer. Unless you’re a rapist, of course.