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We first heard almost four years ago, in March, 2017, that Danny Masterson was being investigated by the LAPD for three separate rape incidents in the early 2000s against three different women. After an extremely long and no doubt drawn-out investigation by the LAPD, Masterson was arrested and charged with three counts of rape in June, 2020. He faces 45 years to life in prison if he’s convicted on all counts. He is currently free on $3.3 million bail. A judge ruled in October that the legal case against him can move forward. Masterson is also being sued in civil court by three victims, two of whom are members of Masterson’s cult, Scientology. Unfortunately a judge just ruled that the two Scientology members must use Scientology mediation.
The 2019 civil cases brought by former Scientologists Chrissie Carnell Bixler, her musician hubby, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and two women who sued anonymously must be worked out in “religious arbitration,” Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield said in a decision from Wednesday, according to Deadline.
This is because an arbitration agreement was already in place with the Church of Scientology, which will now be handling the dispute, the outlet reported
The ruling does not apply to Marie Bobette Riales’ similar case against Masterson as she was not a member of the church and therefore wasn’t a part of the prior arbitration agreement, the news site reported.
The women claimed that the “That ’70s Show” star and the church carried out a campaign of harassment against them after they reported to authorities that Masterson allegedly sexually assaulted them.
These are just the women who pressed charges and sought legal help. Masterson has Scientology’s legal team and goons behind him and former cultmembers know how relentless they are. Imagine how many more women he’s assaulted who are understandably afraid to come forward.
These women were “allegedly” raped, harassed and ostracized by Scientologists and yet they’re still being forced to use Scientology mediation. I’m not wholly familiar with mediation *knock wood* because the civil case I was involved in didn’t get to that point. Years ago I saw a legal documentary on HBO called Hot Coffee which I highly recommend. Binding arbitration and mediation clauses in contracts make it incredibly difficult for people to get justice. I hope that these women are still able to get compensation, and that Masterson is found guilty in the legal case.