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[Leah Remini and Danny Masterson]

The Underground Bunker has learned that an episode of A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath featuring Scientologist actor Danny Masterson’s accusers will air on February 18, more than a year after it was pulled over concerns by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

In March 2017, it was revealed that [...]

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[Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw and A&E’s program]

The Underground Bunker has obtained a copy of a letter that was sent by Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw to A&E network president Paul Buccieri, blaming the network for inciting the January 3 murder of Aaron Yeh, a 24-year-old worker at Scientology’s “Advanced Org” in a Sydney, Australia suburb.

Pouw angrily [...]

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 Scientology’s wealthy ham hock Grant Cardone continues to intrigue us with his antics. Have you seen the latest?

It’s a short video shot by his wife Elena Cardone which is being shared on Twitter, with her narrating while she walks through what appears to be a sumptuous beach house.

After briefly showing Grant filming himself on [...]

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Rod Keller takes us into the razzy world of Scientology classifieds. Sharpen up your resume!

Scientologists who are business owners are expected to manage them according to the writings of L. Ron Hubbard which are known as “Admin Tech.” The policies were written for managing a Scientology org or mission, but through the World Institute of [...]

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 Scientology finally posted publicity photos from its January 1 celebration in South Africa to open its new ‘Advanced Org’ there, and the reason it took them so long is that church leader David Miscavige was apparently there for an entire week of events.

Well, we can understand why he’s so excited. We have to give him [...]

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 Ah, Kansas City. One of the best places we have ever lived, and one of the most underrated cities we’ve ever known. What a helluva town.

The recent panic in Kansas City media about Scientology’s “Ideal Org” nearing completion has us nostalgic for the place where we lived for a time about 15 years ago — [...]

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[David Gentile, Founder and CEO of GPB Capital Holdings]

Jeffrey Augustine has an intriguing report about a Scientologist who appears to be heading for a big fall…

Increasingly, as Tony has shown with reports about its ‘whales,’ Scientology and David Miscavige are relying not on growing membership but extracting as much money as possible from Scientology’s wealthiest [...]

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 Breaking news out of Quebec, where journalist Gaétan Pouliot has been covering an investigation by the government into workers at Scientology facilities being paid less than minimum wage.

Scientology paying less than minimum wage is practically a sacrament in the church, so the only surprise is that any government agency, anywhere, actually decided to do something [...]

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[Heather Ruggeri]

Just before last night’s Scientology and the Aftermath episode aired on A&E, the Church of Scientology posted a letter by spokeswoman Karin Pouw to the website it uses for attacking the show.

Pouw’s letter took some fairly weak jabs at the episode’s featured guests — Mark and Stephanie Fladd, who lost a house after Mark [...]

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[Carol Nyburg]

Is it already time for Leah Remini’s second episode of 2019? For some reason we’re still a little discombobulated after the holidays, and this episode came up on us awfully quick. Well, the tree is put away, the decorations are back in the boxes, and Leah is here to get us all enraged again!

In [...]

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[Kenny Thompson]

 Kenny Thompson’s mother had questionable taste in men. Dad One — Kenny’s biological father — skipped out when he was two years old.

Maybe that contributed to keeping him from starting to speak until he was four.

By then, Mom was with the new guy, the one named Craig who was sort of Dad [...]

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 Rod Keller has a report on the strange way Scientology is reacting to the news out of Sydney…

In the wake of the stabbing of two Scientologists in Sydney that left a Sea Org worker dead, Scientology has remained nearly silent on social media with its membership. According to policy, nobody can talk or know about [...]

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[The Purif area at Australia’s Advanced Org, the place the teen with a knife was trying to get to]

We still have a lot of questions about the murder of Chih-Jen “Aaron” Yeh, 24, a Scientologist at the ‘Advanced Org’ in the north suburbs of Sydney that happened on Thursday afternoon there. The Australian press is [...]

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 The news of Tiponi Grey’s death came as a real shock to Scientology and the Aftermath watchers, who were informed of it with the words “In Memoriam” at the end of the episode she appeared in that aired on December 11.

We quickly put together a story that night, getting confirmation from Ishmael Bey, another guest [...]

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[Marc Headley and Allison Mack]

[NOTE: For coverage of the stabbing at a Scientology facility in Australia, please see the story we posted last night.]

Last week, the New York Post discovered in a court filing that Allison Mack’s attorneys had cited a dismissed lawsuit against Scientology in their defense of the Smallville actress.

The news blew [...]

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[Police outside the AO in Chatswood. Credit: Elizabeth Bryan]

Our first instinct when we heard the news breaking out of Sydney that two men had been stabbed at Scientology’s Advanced Org, one fatally, was to contact journalist Bryan Seymour to see if he had any inside information about what was going on. But Bryan is here [...]

253

[Paul Burkhart]

Last night’s Scientology and the Aftermath episode started out with a message about how the show, for a change, had not received a last-minute threat letter to A&E about its contents.

Instead, Scientology took a swipe at the episode’s guests, Bert Schippers and Paul Burkhart, on a website the church uses to attack Leah Remini, [...]

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[Bert Schippers]

On October 14, Scientology opened its latest “Ideal Org,” this time in the city of Detroit. It was the 61st org to go Ideal since the program started in 2003. (Scientology says 70, but that’s counting some other sorts of facilities that have also gone Ideal — another of them, an “Advanced Org,” is [...]

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Happy New Year, Bunkerites. Here we are at the beginning of another year of Scientology watching — but we want you to think ahead to the summer solstice and consider joining us for our annual meet-up!

In 2016, we held our first “HowdyCon” meeting, and this June we’ll be going for convention number four where it [...]

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 We’re just a few hours away from the end of this crazy year of 2018, and we want to get through a lot of material before tonight’s big party, when we reveal Observer’s new HowdyCon poster at midnight.

To help get you in the mood for this shindig, we’ll start out with a hot new number [...]

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[David Miscavige opens a new Ideal Org in Orlando in May]

On this final Sunday in 2018, we asked Rod Keller to give us his own year in review. We’re so fortunate that Rod gives us a report every week while he keeps such a close eye on Scientology’s “expansion” projects and front-group operations around the [...]

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[Marc and Claire Headley, Keith Raniere and Allison Mack]

In November, Smallville actress Allison Mack’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss some of the charges that she’s facing in a federal criminal prosecution of allegations that, as a top lieutenant in Keith Raniere’s bizarre cabal known as NXIVM, she coerced other women to be his sex [...]

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 Like last year, as part of our annual year in review, we asked Observer, our resident imagemaker (and designer of our new book cover, Battlefield Scientology) to pick out five of her favorite manipulated photos — otherwise known as “shoops” — produced by Underground Bunker readers.

Right away she came back with her choices, including the [...]

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 Before we continue with our year in review, we have an item to remind us that through all of Scientology’s challenges, all of its rotten press and mass defections, the people still inside continue to consider themselves saviors of the human race.

Denice Duff is a longtime Scientologist and minor actor, Meghan Fialkoff is a Freedom [...]

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[Tony Muhammad is a recipient of Scientology’s highest honor, the ‘Freedom Medal’]

Nation of Islam figure and Scientology Freedom Medal winner Tony Muhammad was apparently pretty unhappy about Leah Remini’s recent episode about the strange relationship between the two groups.

Leah’s show aired on December 11, and she spent part of it talking about how she had [...]

254

 We understand that Shelly Miscavige may be resigned to her fate.

But there’s a reason that “Where’s Shelly” is the number one question we get from the public — and it’s the same for Leah Remini. (We checked.)

For non-Scientologists, it’s simply incredible to think that David Miscavige, the leader of a worldwide “religious” organization, could [...]

253

[An artist’s conception of Saturday night’s shindig]

Once again, we got a correspondent into a major Scientology event. Our tipster attended Saturday night’s New Year’s Event held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Scientology customarily films its New Year’s event a few days early, pretending it’s actually New Year’s Eve, so that the video can [...]

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 Before we continue with our year in review, we wanted to share with you something a tipster forwarded to us. It’s an advertising mailer for a particular wing of Scientology that targets businessmen, trying to convince them that L. Ron Hubbard was a genius-level business administrator.

The flier offers to help deal with poisonous attacks [...]

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 Before we continue our year in review today, we have a holiday treat for you from reader Graham, who makes a return trip to the Birmingham Ideal Org after he so sneakily brought us a report from its grand opening last year. We’re always curious to see how little activity there is at these facilities [...]

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[If anyone symbolizes the best of 2018…]

It’s been another crazy year of news here at the Underground Bunker, and a decidedly mixed one. But when we thought about a single story that symbolized the year as strongly as Leah Remini’s show did for 2017, one really great, optimistic, sensational piece of good news from the [...]

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[Bill Franks, left with former mission holder Bent Corydon last year]

We spoke with Bill Franks a few weeks ago on the phone after we heard he had entered hospice care. We wanted him to know how much we appreciated the help we got from him on our book about Paulette Cooper. He was characteristically humble [...]

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[Coming back from Target Two?]

An unexpectedly mirthful moment during Tuesday night’s Scientology and the Aftermath episode about Shelly Miscavige was Tom DeVocht’s explanation that remaining wretches like Norman Starkey put up with imprisonment and abuse from Scientology leader David Miscavige because they are waiting for L. Ron Hubbard to return and put things right.

Hubbard died [...]

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