In a copy of a complaint obtained by Huffpost from an unnamed source, four women have stepped forward to file a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday against the Church of Scientology.
The suit shows that the four women claim that the actor Danny Masterson raped them, and they listed the church and its leader, David Miscavige, in the lawsuit as well.
The suit accuses that Scientology, which has been in the news due to accusations of long term illegal and unethical conduct, and the actor Danny Masterson of stalking, physical invasion of privacy, as well as conspiracy to obstruct justice, along with several other detailed allegations.
In a statement made through his attorney, Masterson said: “This is beyond ridiculous. 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.”
The LA County District Attorney’s Office stated they have been conducting an investigation into the multiple allegations of rape that have been filed against the actor for over three years.
Four women have accused Masterson of first drugging them, and then violently assaulting them in the early 2000s. The women listed are two former members of the Church of Scientology and the other two used to date Masterson.
Huffpost stated that over the past three years, they had contacted the women on multiple occasions for several stories they had written. Only two of those women they had talked to, Chrissie Carnell Bixler and Marie Bobette Riales, both Masterson’s ex-girlfriends are officially identified in the complaint.
The other two women, both of which are former Scientologists, were identified as Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2. Although Huffpost does have access to the identities of both Jane Doe’s, they have chosen not to release their names, stating the women have asked to remain anonymous being that they are alleged rape victims.
The husband of Carnell Bixler, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, has also filed a suit again Masterson and the Church, claiming that he has been a target for harassment.
In a statement to Huffpost, the litigation team for the Church of Scientology stated that the lawsuit was both a hallucinatory and dishonest publicity stunt at best. They went on to say that these people were pawns, who were being taken advantage of by Leah Remini in her moneymaking scam.
Although Remini knows the women and has spoken to them, the women reiterated that they had already spoken with law enforcement authorities, church officials and church members in regards to the alleged rapes well before they had even met Remini and well before she decided to leave the Church of Scientology.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will the Church of Scientology finally be required to answer for all of its alleged strange practices?