Judge Rules That Church Of Scientology Must Deal With A Lawsuit Accusing Danny Masterson Of Stalking And Intimidating His Rape Accusers
On Wednesday, a judge ruled that within the Church of Scientology, the lawsuits brought by the Bixlers and Jane Does would go to 'religious arbitration' This is how they reached an arrangement with members of the Faith that allows disputes to be settled by the Church, not the courts.
Riales, who was never a member of the Church, is not influenced by the judge's decision and the court would determine at a later date whether her appeal should go on trial. Masterson will also face arraignment on January 6 on three different counts of rape reported to have happened from January 2001 to April 2003.
Actor Danny Masterson was convicted with three counts of rape earlier this summer
Actor Danny Masterson, better remembered for his appearance in the '70s Show, was convicted with three counts of rape earlier this summer. His court prosecution is pending in that instance, and next week he is expected to be arraigned.
But there were also federal cases brought against him in 2019, arguing that after making such harassment charges to the police, the Church of Scientology, of which Masterson belonged, "stalked and intimidated" his victims.
The judge has decided that it would be permitted for the Church of Scientology to comply with the settlement of those allegations
And now a judge has decided that it would be permitted for the Church of Scientology to comply with the settlement of those allegations.
I repeat: Officials for the Church of Scientology will get to play judge and jury when it comes to these lawsuits brought against one of their own celebrity members.
As per Judge, It would mean messing with the Church's own laws for a secular judge to circumvent the contract
Since the cases were brought by retired Scientologists... who earlier signed a settlement granting the Church the right by internal arbitration to settle "any dispute, claim or controversy." It would mean messing with the Church's own laws for a secular judge to circumvent the contract because it's insane, something that judges discourage because the state does not take stands on religious convictions.
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Masterson's will still face arraignment on January 6 on three separate charges of rape
Which suggests that in arbitration controlled by the Church, four women would have their cases considered. In court, a sixth woman who was not a Scientologist will have her legal lawsuit heard. None of this, luckily, concerns the felony charges against Masterson.
Scientologists agreed to take the conflict to arbitration
The ruling was explained in this way by Tony Ortega, a journalist who has long covered the Church:
Despite the concerns [Judge Steven J. Kleifield of the Los Angeles Superior Court] raised about the role of Scientology under federal law, in the decision, he finds that the arrangements are legal, that the Scientologists agreed to take the conflict to arbitration rather than court no matter how long in the future, that it would not violate their religious freedom to appeal to the First Amendment
Scientology has derailed a big prosecution with the use of its contracts
They're a slam dunk. Once again, Scientology has derailed a big prosecution with the use of its contracts, which were intended to be sham ploys to keep former members from justice, former top officials such as Mike Rinder have testified. Unbelievable.
The silver lining here is that Masterson is now serving up to 45 years in jail on charges of misconduct
For anything, the silver lining here is that Masterson is now serving up to 45 years in jail on charges of misconduct, and the Church won't be trying to derail the trial. But their desire to bypass these extra cases by claiming that those plaintiffs have signed off their rights to sue them is a warning that it can be avoided at all costs for any religion that seeks so much power over your life.