Leah Remini reportedly interviewed four women who allege that “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson raped them between 2001 and 2003. The interviews were for her Emmy-winning A&E series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” though Scientology-focused journalist Tony Ortega reports that Remini asked the network to hold on airing the episode.
According to Ortega’s report, Remini and co-star Mike Rinder were asked by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office to hold on not air the episode while they decided whether or nor to file charges against Masterson, who himself is a Scientologist. Remini then reportedly asked A&E not to air the explosive episode.
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With just three episodes left in the show’s current second season, the DA’s office has yet to make a decision about filing charges against Masterson. Masterson denies all four women’s allegations against him.
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HuffPost published a revealing update on the case on Thursday, alleging that the case has been “slow-rolled” despite “overwhelming” evidence against the actor, who has lawyered up. The reported evidence includes “audiotapes, emails sent to and from Scientology officers at the time the alleged rapes happened, forensic computer evidence and a threatening handwritten letter Masterson sent to one of the alleged victims.”
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According to reports, the Los Angeles Police Department first began investigating the allegations against Masterson late last year before handing the case over to the DA’s office in April of this year.
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NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 07: Danny Masterson speaks during a Launch Event for Netflix ‘The Ranch: Part 3’ hosted by Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson at Tequila Cowboy on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Netflix)
NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 07: Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher pose at Music City Convention Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Danny Masterson attends the premiere of ‘Big Bear’ at The London Hotel on September 19, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 24: Musician Danny Masterson poses backstage at the Dylan Fest at Ryman Auditorium on May 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Musicians Adam Busch and Danny Masterson perform onstage during Petty Fest 2016 at The Fonda Theatre on September 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
JERSEY CITY, NJ – JUNE 04: Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips attend 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park on June 4, 2016 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Victor Hugo/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BUENOS AIRES, DISTRITO FEDERAL – MARCH 17: (L-R) Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson attend the ‘Netflix Red Carpet’ event at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 17, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Lalo Yasky/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 06: Actor Danny Masterson attends the DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 09: Musicians Mark Ronson (L) and Danny Masterson pose backstage at Fleetwood Mac Fest presented by The Best Fest at the Fonda Theatre on February 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: Danny Masterson attends The A List 15th Anniversary Party on September 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The A List)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 29: Danny Masterson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios ‘Ant-Man’ at Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TOLUCA LAKE, CA – MAY 04: Actor Danny Masterson attends the 8th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sabra Salsa to benefit The George Lopez Foundation at Lakeside Golf Club on May 4, 2015 in Toluca Lake, California. (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/Getty Images for Mulholland Drive Entertainment on behalf of Sabra Dipping Co)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Actors Danny Masterson and Emile Hirsch attend an introduction to HEAVEN 2016 presented by The Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy on June 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Samsung)
PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 24: Actor Danny Masterson attends Black Label Media hosted party for The Art of Elysium and Elysium Industry with guest host James Franco on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Black Label Media)
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Remini and Rinder have been working to expose the Church of Scientology’s secrets on “Scientology and the Aftermath” for two seasons now and won an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series in September.
The “Kevin Can Wait” actress, a former Scientologist who split with the church in 2013, hasn’t been shy about exposing famous members of the organization. Earlier this year, she famously alleged that actress Jada Pinkett Smith was a Scientologist in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini said. “I never saw Will there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”
Pinkett denied the claims on Twitter saying, “I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.”
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Celebrities linked to Scientology
According to the insider book “Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion,” church members actively wanted Elvis Presley to join. However, he had a near-visceral reaction: “Elvis came out and said, ‘F–k these people! There’s no way I’ll ever get involved with son-of-a-b—–n’ group. All they want is my money.” However, his daughter, Lisa Marie, would go onto become an active member.
Russell Crowe has said that he’s not a member, but told Interview magazine that he strongly considered it: “I looked at Scientology, as well. I read Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard, I got a couple of videos and I took it all in. It just seems like a religion that is perfect for people who feel like they need a grounding, who feels that the world has run off on them. I’ve discussed this with Scientologists, and they don’t disagree. So, for a certain type of person, that’s great.”
According to Amy Scobee, a former high-ranking church official who defected, Scientologists actively recruited Brad Pitt, convincing him to complete two courses in 1991 and 1993. However, he “didn’t’ think it was for him,” she said.
Brandy has admitted that she became interested in Scientology following her involvement in a 2006 car crash that killed someone. A friend told her that the classes would better her as a person, so she “checked it out,” but “I’m not a Scientologist.”
David Carradine told the New York Times Magazine that while he’s not a Scientologist, “I’ve been around it enough to know it’s a very intelligent thing.” He took some classes, he said.
Candice Bergen was allegedly connected with Scientology in the 1960s but left before it gained popularity.
Jada Pinkett Smith has denied any involvement with the Church of Scientology, but defected member and fellow actress Leah Remini has maintained that Smith is secretly a member.
Patrick Swayze told the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) that he considered joining the religion.
Katharine McPhee said in 2006 on “Larry King Live” that while she’d enrolled in several Scientology courses, she is “no longer affiliated” with the church.
Jeffrey Tambor was a Scientologist but claims he no longer is, saying in 2007, “I took some Scientology classes at one time, studied Scientology for awhile, but no more. I have nothing against it, but I am no longer a Scientologist.”
Chaka Khan gave something of a convoluted answer when asked by the New York Times if she’s a Scientologist. Khan was wearing a bracelet with charm represented the three ARCs of Scientology, which she readily admitted — but then said, “I’m not, never was, never will be. I belong to the religion of the Church of Chaka Khan, and I practice it every day. I live my religion, I consider it a personal thing. But I’ve taken some courses in Scientology, and they’ve been very, very helpful through life’s ups and downs.”
Jerry Seinfeld revealed to Parade in 2008 that studying Scientology was useful for his career: “It’s almost 30 years ago … In my early years of stand-up, it was very helpful. I took a couple of courses. One of them was in communication, and I learned some things about communication that really got my act going.
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