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Scientology, Danny Masterson Lose Appeal in Harassment Case (1)

Jan. 20, 2022, 6:19 PMUpdated: Jan. 20, 2022, 11:47 PM

The Church of Scientology and the actor Danny Masterson must face court proceedings over the organization’s allegedly illegal attempts to silence three women who made rape allegations, a California appeals court said, overruling a judge’s decision to enforce an arbitration agreement.

The state’s Second District Court of Appeal revived the case late Wednesday, issuing a writ of mandate in favor of the actor-model Chrissie Carnell Bixler, her husband, and two other women who have also accused Masterson of rape and Scientology of an aggressive intimidation campaign.

Justice Laurence J. Rubin, writing for the court, said the organization’s bid to enforce ...