Danny Masterson & Church of Scientology sued by Chrissie Bixler & others
Danny Masterson and the Church of Scientology have been sued by four women, who say they were stalked and intimidated by him and the church after accusing Masterson of rape, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Chrissie Carnell-Bixler (wife of At The Drive-In frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who is also a plaintiff in the suit, and who has been outspoken against Masterson on social media), Marie Riales, and two unnamed women filed the suit on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Chrissie and Cedric Bixler have previously discussed being harassed by Masterson and the Church, and in the complaint, according to Variety, Chrissie says she was chased by two people in a car who were filming her in October of 2017. Not long after, she says, her dog died, and a necropsy revealed "traumatic injuries to her trachea and esophagus" Additionally, she says she's been the target of credit card fraud, stalking, fake Craigslist ads in her name soliciting sex, and had her home security system hacked and disabled multiple times.
Marie Riales says her food truck has been vandalized and a window in her home smashed, in addition to being followed, photographed, and threatened with murder. Both Jane Does allege harassment and stalking, as well.
Masterson responded to the lawsuit in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend [presumably Bixler, who he previously dated] in the media like she’s been baiting me to do for more than two years," he says. "I will beat her in court — and look forward to it because the public will finally be able [to] learn the truth and see how I’ve been railroaded by this woman. And once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the damage they caused me and my family."
Litigation counsel to The Church of Scientology, William Forman, also sent The Hollywood Reporter a statement. "From everything we have read in the press," it reads, "this baseless lawsuit will go nowhere because the claims are ludicrous and a sham. It's a dishonest and hallucinatory publicity stunt. Leah Remini is taking advantage of these people as pawns in her moneymaking scam."