That 70s Show star and scientologist Danny Masterson, is being sued by four different women who have all accused him of intense stalking following rape allegations they made against the actor.
The women claim that Masterson and the Church of Scientology have gone to extreme attempts to silence them after coming forward with sexual assault allegations against him, according to Variety. The lawsuit has been filed against Danny personally, the church itself, and the church leader David Miscavige.
One woman, Chrissie Bixler, claims that her dog “mysteriously” died from unexplained traumatic injuries to the oesophagus after she came forward with the allegations. Bixler also claims that she has been run off the road by a car that was allegedly following her while driving.
“I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend in the media like she’s been baiting me to do for more than two years,” Masterson said, in a statement via his attorney. “I will beat her in court — and look forward to it because the public will finally be able [to] learn the truth and see how I’ve been railroaded by this woman. And once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the damage they caused me and my family.”
The other three women have made similar allegations including having photos taken of them, property damage and being followed and surveilled. Allegations of drugging and violent rape by Masterson have been under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for the last three years.
Bixler claims that the Church of Scientology told her that “you can’t be raped by someone you are in a consensual relationship with,” when she initially approached them with the allegations. She was also allegedly threatened to be labelled as a “Suppressive Person” if she contacted the police about Masterson.
A Suppressive Person (SP) is the label given to an enemy of the Church of Scientology, this usually results in being cut off by other members of the church.
The lawsuit alleges that the four women were targeted using the Church of Scientology’s “fair game” policy, which allows suppressive persons to be “deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. [They] may be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.” However, this policy was allegedly cancelled in October 1968.
“The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease. FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations. This [policy letter] does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP,” an official statement from church founder L. Ron Hubbard read.
The Church of Scientology released the following statement to Huffpost:
“From everything we have read in the press, this baseless lawsuit will go nowhere because the claims are ludicrous and a sham. It’s a dishonest and hallucinatory publicity stunt. Leah Remini is taking advantage of these people as pawns in her moneymaking scam.”
The Church of Scientology has a controversial history, including a plethora of allegations of mistreatment of current and ex-members of the church. These allegations have been the subject of a number of documentaries including Leah Remini’s Scientology and The Aftermath and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie.
The allegations and forthcoming lawsuit against Danny Masterson and the Church of Scientology will be the subject of the two-hour final episode Leah Remini’s Scientology docu-series Scientology and The Aftermath.