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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
The women say they were harassed by 'agents' of the Church of Scientology after they filed police reports accusing Masterson of rape. Pictured; Masterson (right) and Carnell-Bixler when they were dating in the early 2000s
Carnell-Bixler and her husband claim their dogs were poisoned while the two Jane Does allege stalking and destroying property. Pictured: Masterson (left) and Riales at Entertainment Weekly's 2nd Annual It List Party in New York, June 2003
The civil complaint was filed in August 2019 by Chrissie Carnell-Bixler; her husband, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, frontman of Mars Volta; and two Jane Does.
Carnell-Bixler accused Masterson of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions between 2001 and 2002, while they were dating.
After she went to the police with her allegations, she and her husband claim agents of the Church and Masterson repeatedly tried to terrify them.
Among the methods they allegedly used include assaulting them with cars, harassing them on he phone and poisoning their dogs.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer