Judge rules that Church of Scientology must deal with lawsuit accusing Danny Masterson of stalking and intimidating his rape accusers and not the courts because they signed up for ‘religious arbitration’ when they were church members

A lawsuit was brought against actor Danny Masterson by Chrissie Carnell-Bixler; her husband, Cedric Bixler-Zavala; Marie Bobette Riales; and two Jane Does. Pictured: Masterson at Los Angeles Superior Court, September 2020

A judge has ruled that the stalking and intimidation cases brought by three women and one man against That 70s Show actor Danny Masterson must go through mediation within the Church of Scientology.

This is because the accusers, when members of the Church, signed an agreement that requires disputes to be handled by the Church, not the courts, Variety reported.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield said on Wednesday that the agreement is binding and, therefore, the complaints have to go into ‘religious arbitration.’ 

The women claim that, after they went to the police between late 2016 and early 2017 accusing Masterson of sexual assault, ‘agents’ of the Church terrorized them with harassing phone calls, property damage and threats of violence. 

It comes just days before Masterson’s scheduled arraignment on January 6 on three charges of rape from January 2001 to April 2003. 

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