A new report claims that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office asked former Scientologist Leah Remini not to air an episode about Danny Masterson’s rape accusations on her A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath — and Remini complied.
Former Village Voice Editor-in-Chief Tony Ortega broke the news on his anti-Scientology blog the Underground Bunker Friday, the day after the Huffington Post published an investigative report revealing that Masterson now has a fourth accuser, and quoting sources within the prosecutor’s office claiming that the D.A. is “slow-rolling” a criminal case against the prominent Scientologist and star of the Netflix series The Ranch.
As CrimeOnline reported, Masterson is now accused of rape by four women; three who are current or former Scientologists. The Underground Bunker reports that the most recent accuser was never a member of the controversial church.
According to the latest Underground Bunker report, Remini and her A&E series co-star Mike Rinder — both outspoken former Scientologists — met with unspecified people in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, who urged them not to air an episode dealing with the sexual assault accusations against Masterson while the prosecutors were still considering whether or not to file criminal charges. Not wishing to interfere with an ongoing investigation, Remini — who did not comment on the incident — reportedly convinced A&E to hold off on airing the episode. There are three remaining unaired episodes of the season.
It is unclear if the D.A.’s office is expected to file any charges against Masterson, or if the episode about the allegations against him will air at any point. The planned episode reportedly features interviews with three of Masterson’s accusers, who have not yet been publicly identified.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, one of those accusers wrote a letter to the LAPD earlier this year claiming that a detective told her that some within the police department were “friendly” with the church and suggested that her case files could be compromised.
The Undergound Bunker report claims that a 2004 police report filed by one of the alleged victims appears to have been cleaned out.
“All of its contents have disappeared,” Ortega wrote.
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