Jason Beghe's Letter to Scientology Attorneys: Yes, I'll Settle Your $1 Million Lawsuit for $19K

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Beghe, in Californication
Breaking news that will be of interest to Scientology watchers: just this afternoon, Jason Beghe's lawyer notified church attorneys Gary Soter and Kendrick Moxon in a letter that the actor is accepting their offer to settle a lawsuit for $19,000.

After the jump, we have that letter for you.

I talked to Beghe today, and he explained his thinking about the settlement. The lawsuit had originated when a process server came to his Malibu house in 2009 to notify him that he would be deposed in the lawsuit brought by Marc and Claire Headley against the Church of Scientology.

Beghe didn't like that, and a confrontation unfolded. With the help of Scientology's attorneys, the process server and his girlfriend then sued Beghe, asking $1 million dollars in damages. Now, they're willing to take a lot less.

Beghe says he didn't understand, in 2009, why he was being deposed in the Headleys' lawsuit. He didn't know the Headleys while he was in Scientology (they were at the International Base east of Los Angeles, Beghe made frequent appearances at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood).

Beghe says he assumes the deposition was really just a fishing expedition as the church tried to get information about a bomb that was about to get dropped on Scientology -- the investigative expose by the Tampa Bay Times titled "The Truth Rundown."

Beghe argued with the process server, Javier Hernandez, and Hernandez alleged that Beghe got violent.

"I touched him because he refused to leave my property. I used remarkable restraint, frankly," Beghe says.

Here's how the lawsuit described it: "Beghe became enraged, and ran down the driveway after Mr. Hernandez. Beghe reached him and struck Mr. Hernandez in the back of his head with his hand or fist, knocking Mr. Hernandez' phone out of his hand onto the ground. Beghe repeatedly punched Mr. Hernandez in the back including 'kidney punches' and on the back of his head as he tried to escape."

Beghe was prosecuted criminally, and was charged with misdemeanor assault.

"I pled nolo contendere," Beghe says. "So the minimum sentence was $200 and two years probation. But the judge looked at this thing and gave me a $100 fine and one year of probation."

He was then sued by Hernandez, deposed twice, and Beghe estimates that Scientology's attorneys spent hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing for trial.

Then, they offered to make the case go away for only $19,000 -- $16,500 for Hernandez, and $2,500 for his girlfriend, who was along with Hernandez on that day in 2009.

The Californication actor says he couldn't pass up such a good deal.

"I realized that I beat them. They got some money out of me, but that doesn't bother me," Beghe says. He points out that things are very different now than they were in 2009, when the scuffle happened.

The year before, Beghe had made a big splash by becoming the first Scientology actor to leave the church in such a vocal manner, putting together a YouTube video that went viral in 2008. We interviewed him at the time, and while he was very adamant about leaving a church he had come to believe was a scam, he was unsure how his defection would affect his career.

A well-known character actor who had been in several movies and quite a few television series, his career was at a bit of a low ebb then.

But not now.

"The entire Scientology mythology is that if you leave the church you go on to fail. But I've quadrupled my income. I'm hotter than I've ever been. And it's killing them," he says.

Here's the letter that just got delivered from Beghe's attorney, Michael D. Murphy. I'm reaching out to Soter and Moxon for their reactions to it...

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Scientology's president and the death of his son: our complete coverage
What Katie is saving Suri from: Scientology interrogation of kids
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Scientology's disgrace: our open letter to Tom Cruise
Scientology crumbling: An entire mission defects as a group
Scientology leader David Miscavige's vanished wife: Where's Shelly?
Neil Gaiman, 7, Interviewed About Scientology by the BBC in 1968
The Master Screenplay: Scientology History from Several Different Eras
And a post that pulls together the best of our Scientology reporting

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As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.


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MrsLibnish
MrsLibnish

Oops...I have so many VV windows open right now I posted on the wrong article.  But excellent job Jason.  I've watched your YouTube vid 3 times now.  It's fun to have it in the background when I'm doing dishes and stuff.  You are very expressive.

MrsLibnish
MrsLibnish

Up over $6500.  I can't wait to check back later today.  I loved the comment telling Miscavige to eat SHIT.   Indeed...need a spoon dude?

AmeliaR
AmeliaR

Last time I looked this article wasn't about the DANGEROUS $cientology front group NarCONon! Excellent work Jason!

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meidaatit
meidaatit

By focusing on what is wrong with scientology we are missing the bigger point which is what is wrong with how addicts are being treated by the judicial system. Narconnon, which is not a religious organization, tries to help addicts  to a drug free life. More addicts die in prison and jail and do not receive medical treatment or rehab there until the very end of their term. State punishment to a cell is given to  the addcit than rehab at the very end of many years in the cell  is given. The drug addcit is labelled and unabale to get employment. . Have you read how many years an addcit has to spend in prison before they get help????  Narconnon has helped many addcits to a better life. I invite the news to write about the numerous number of addict deaths that take place in the drunk tanks in America's jails and prisons. Jails and prisons do not have 24-7 medical nor do they have help for addicts  until six months before their release date. Many addicts sit years and years in prsion before getting help. Some of these addcits are only 19 and 20   years old.

Scientology is a choice. Narconnon does not push religion. What does jail and prison do to help the growing numbers of drug and alcohol addicts in our society? Are jails and prisons held accountable for their treatment of addicts and the many deaths that occur in prisons and jails because the addcit is put in the drunk tank with medical supervision????  This is not just a Narconnon problem this is a problem everywhere. Addicts need rehab not punishment for the rest of their life.

meidaatit
meidaatit

 Will regulation of rehabs include regulation of prsion rehabs? Addcits are not allowed to attend rehab until the end of their jail or prison term. Also how about all the addicts that die in the drunk tank of the county jail or state prsion? MaYBE IT IS TIME TO LOOK AT HOW ALL ADDCITS ARE TREATED BY OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM. Most people in jail or prsion are incarcerated due to dug or alcohol addcition and crimes related to addcition yet there is not 24-7 medical care on the premises and they are locked in cells with only twice a month visits with their family and no treatment. Ask how much food and the quality of the food the incarcerated addcit is given? Narconnon tries to help addicts. Nraconnon's charge for rehab is minimum, making rehab affordable for those who do not have health insurance. Rehabs that bill insurances charge double or triple that price. Maybe it is time for all senators to see how addcits in our society are treated by the jail and prison system...and how many die while incarcerated.

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Amelia_Byron
Amelia_Byron

@VoiceTonyO Excellent reply from Beghe's attorney! Jason fucking rocks! Moxon still practicing - what a joke!

datumomnom
datumomnom

Wow! A million bucks, down to 19k. Bahahahahahhahaa!!! Congrats Mr. Beghe, you rock!

Koondoginsweden
Koondoginsweden

I personally know dozens of people who left Scientology's headquarters base in Hemet, CA. Without exception every one of them is doing great in life, chasing their dreams and enjoying their lives. So much for failing after you leave organized Scientology. We used to be told that if you ever left the base that you would get cancer and die or at best be flipping burgers at McDonalds. Hah.

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  If you google "Robert Cipriano scientology" you will see why Moxon is not concerned about ethics violations or bad publicity.  btw, the California State Bar said that Moxon's actions in that case were not serious enough for them to do anything.

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  That's right-no NDA!  How often is a settlement acceptance published in a newspaper?

WhereIsSHE
WhereIsSHE

From one litigator to another: Best "Unequivocal Acceptance" of "Offer to Compromise" letter I have ever seen. Nicely done, Mr. Michael D. Murphy! (Would love to know the tally on the discovery sanctions the plaintiffs racked up so that we could see the actual net sums they "recovered" for these bogus causes of action. What did the wife sue for? How I would love to have deposed her down to the last detail if she alleged a "Loss of Consortium" claim!)

 

Jason Beghe.... You ROCK!

Thank you for sharing this GEM=)

 

BTW-

As spelled out in detail in Mr. Murphy's Acceptance Letter:

It is not unfair to opine that Soter and Moxon TWICE abused the legal process --and in violation of Rule 3-200(A) of the California Rules of Professional Conduct: First, via the improper subpoena to depose Mr. Beghe in the Headley case (which was clearly intended to garner information wholly unrelated to the Headly case); second, via pursuing a personal injury action on behalf of a man who, in fact, had NO DAMAGES (i.e. no proof of injury).

 

Rules of Professional Conduct

Rule 3-200 Prohibited Objectives of Employment

A member shall not seek, accept, or continue employment if the member knows or should know that the objective of such employment is:

(A) To bring an action, conduct a defense, assert a position in litigation, or take an appeal, without probable cause and for the purpose of harassing or maliciously injuring any person; or

(B) To present a claim or defense in litigation that is not warranted under existing law, unless it can be supported by a good faith argument for an extension, modification, or reversal of such existing law.

 

While it would be inappropriate for Mr. Murphy to submit ethics violations letters  in light of the settlement, and while disciplinary action would be a long shot here, I encourage others who find themselves on the wrong end of such abuse of process to avail themselves of the process.

 

FYI:

Lawyer Regulation

OVERVIEW OF ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE SYSTEM

1-800-843-9053 — Attorney Complaint Hotline

Protecting California's consumers is one of the primary missions of The State Bar of California. The mission is principally carried out through the bar's Attorney Discipline System, which takes complaints against attorneys from citizens and other sources, investigates those complaints and prosecutes attorneys against whom allegations of unethical conduct appear to be justified.

How to file a complaint Complaint Form"What Can I Do If I Have a Problem With My Lawyer?" (pamphlet)State Bar CourtCopies of public records of disciplineClient Security FundPriorities & PreventionLawyer Assistance ProgramFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Glossary of Terms

The discipline system also assists consumers in dealing with common attorney-client problems that do not rise to the level of grounds for filing a complaint.

Complaint Alternatives Mandatory Fee Arbitration

 

 

Artoo45
Artoo45

Kendrick Moxon, another menacing cult thug under whose cold veneer of robotic loyalty to Hubbard lies a very human and heartbreaking tale. A tale of a man so in thrall to his leader that he ignored the abuse his own daughter surely suffered in the Sea Org and which eventually led to her death in the RPF. The death of Stacy Moxon is rarely mentioned anymore. I think his is an astonishing story of a man so blind to his own brainwashing that to this very day, he continues to serve the monstrous cult that killed his own child. For those new to the Byzantine tale of $cientology under the reign of The Tiny Terror™, here's a blast from the past . . . http://www.holysmoke.org/sm/sm.htm

BosonStark
BosonStark

I'm not sure if I understand why Beghe was being deposed in the Headley lawsuit. Their suit was about wages and human trafficking, and Beghe was in the scilebrity division.

I guess maybe it would have been something about the pressure and lies Beghe himself endured while a member, or did it have to do with him being in cult propaganda films?

TickleMeXenu
TickleMeXenu

Looks like Soter and Moxon really "goofed the floof" on this one. Just sayin......

RadioPaul
RadioPaul

Correct me if I am wrong, that is less that 2% of what they wanted? Maybe my math is a little fuzzy or maybe Its that my mind has a hard time understanding the extreme contrast.

the1d
the1d

I'm surprised that narconon doesn't have their patients chain smoking sinse hubbard claimed that would cure cancer[the nicotine in cigarettes nicotinic acid'a componet of vit.b,which would drive out radiation from the body,including forms of cancer.Hubbard recomended smoking cigarettes as a way for people to recover their health in the event of nuclear war]

 

I just would like to see this as well as many other stories about this nut job mentioned on rock center and any other news station that talks about this cult.Alister Crowley,Jack Parsons ect.They really do water down the whole issue when they could go into major detail if they wanted to.

jonathan.nyc
jonathan.nyc

Knowing how litigious CoS is, it's surprising he allowed himself to lose self-control.

 

Glad this was resolved in a manner he found agreeable.  

jensting
jensting

Well, good for Mr Beghe that he's putting this behind him. Way better that his career is doing well.

 

Remember, a scuffle is a bad thing, no matter how right you are.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Jason Beghe - the man who calls BS when he sees it. (Sometimes it takes years to see.)

Anonanonsong
Anonanonsong

I hope JB passes along Soter and Moxon's reply. You just know it'll be a great follow up to Michael Murphy's scathing letter. Though unintentionally hilarious, I expect it to be full of righteous indignation and a convoluted mess of unconvincing "No, you!"s to justify how this settlement is THEIR win.

 

 

Sherbet
Sherbet

If you want to see and hear Moxon in action, go to the Angry Gay Pope's website and look for the deposition videos. 

ashura
ashura

Scientology lawyers being reduced to a mere nuisance. Ain't that special! 

 

The writing is on the effing wall, they just refuse to look. Or as Magoo likes to say, tick tock, tick tock.

Rose
Rose

Jason thank you, brave man!

PreferToBeAnon
PreferToBeAnon

Evening folks.  Don't mean to derail the Jason 'Show-me-a-fuckin'-clear' thread, but 2 items re NN:

 

1.  State senator of OK (D) is proposing legislation on stricter rules on drug rehabs as a result of all this.

2.  Something about a 'substance on a pillow' in the NN investigation of Stacy Dawn Murphy. Really strange.  Does anyone have any ideas on this?

http://mcalesternews.com/breakingnews/x543535059/New-item-in-Narconon-death-investigation-Pillow-with-substance-on-it

They are toast.  With radaronline picking up Marty's publication of the $ci letter--no wonder Moxon et al are caving.  Sounds like DM is playing in his own game of musical chairs.  Where will he be when the music finally stops?

That's some game of whack-a-mole they have going on there!  And yes, this would be a good time for Jason to do another video!

 

 

Grace
Grace

This is a clear WIN for Jason Beghe!  Hilarious letter.

 

Wishing you only the best, Jason!  Thanks for your video, just over four years ago!  It was the first one I watched, then I turned around immediately and watched it again.  I credit you for clearing the confusion from my head.

fileclerk
fileclerk

I understand the going rate is $19k to punch a scientologist.  How much to give Miscavige a spanking?  Does anyone have the rate sheet?

deElizabethan
deElizabethan

Jason, I just want you to know that your video in Hamburg was one of the most significant in my research.  Other valuables stand out, Lisa McPherson, Vaughn Young and Jerry Armstrong, just to mention a few. The village Voice is where I started of course and it continues to be the most important research tool for truth.

So I'll take this time to thank you so very much and send you my love.

DailyReader
DailyReader

Hey Jason,

How about making another video?  Especially after the smack-down you just dealt the cult.  19G's for a million dollar suit; even shorty Miscavige knows that's no "win". 

 

Seriously though, your videos on what happened to you and why you left were really good.  They communicated in a way that was very real and very funny too.  The fact that not only have you survived without the cult but that you're doing so well would send quite a message.  We all know the garbage they tell people how they'll lose their eternity (say what??) and will be a suppressive and cut off from everything & everyone and will go right down the tubes.  It's all BS but there are still people in, sitting on the fence, who don't know what to think.  Another video from you showing that there IS life after the cult, a great life, would be very powerful.  

PoisonIvy
PoisonIvy

Yay Jason!  He is amazing.  (I was in college with him in the '80's.)  He was always a major talent and never quite found his niche...he had leading man good looks but apparently the timing didn't hit right for him to take advantage of it then.  Now that he's older, he's far more interesting and (like Alec Baldwin) can play a range of roles from character to lead.  Sometimes, good things DO happen to good people!  

We're proud of you Jason (from a fellow Sagehen)

HoTai
HoTai

Luckily the cos has a boatload of IAS donations that they can throw away on nonsense like this.  Some of it is mine.  Had I known where my money was going I would have cut off IAS donations and left the cos much sooner, but I was a good scientologist and kept my head in the sand.

LordXenu
LordXenu

This is a great business strategy, worthy of WISE itself; spend a few hundred thousand dollars, and in return, earn almost diddley squat!

 

Moxon & Co., you're a bunch of fucking morons!

 

Exer
Exer

Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha - that's all I can say!

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

We in RTC are frankly shocked to see bitter defrocked apostates like Jason Beghe turning the legal system into a Kangaroo court wherein the Church of Scientology is put on trial with all sorts of wild, false, and salacious allegations. We are also shocked to see our posts disappearing from this blog and are certain it the work of Zionist Rothschilds.

 

Internet rumors that Sea Org members are forced to lick bathroom floors or toilets at Flag Land Base for four hours at a time are untrue. Enforced bathroom floor and/or toilet licking lasts only two hours on any Flag Ethics cycle.

 

Equally wild and untrue are the pot-smoking hallucinations on this blog about how Tom Cruise worships COB RTC David Miscavige like a god. Factually, Scientologist Tom Cruise merely venerates COB as a Catholic would venerate the Pope. All Scientologist venerate COB as the embodiment of Scientology Papal Majesty.

 

For reasons of opprobrium and to safepoint the Church of Scientology's sterling reputation, we in RTC ordered our decrepit, balding, halitosis-afflicted wog lawyer Gary Soter to make the $19,000 settlement offer happen so that Jason Beghe would not "go Debbie Cook" on the Church of Scientology and blather on in an actual courtroom with all sorts of wild accusations about the Church.

 

Factually, we in the Church of Scientology are too busy with our humanitarian and social programs to allow bitter defrocked apostates to prattle on in court about imaginary wrongs such as having been beaten by COB. We in RTC already had our girl Monique Yingling tell some homosexual wog journalist whose name we do not remember that we handle felony assaults as an internal matter.

 

If COB RTC David Miscavige had beaten as many people as frequently as has been alleged, you would be seeing stories about it all over the media and the internet, and yet nothing is there. Indeed, when you use any of the leading Scientology internet search engines all you find is story after story praising COB RTC David Miscavige.

 

Likewise, you will never find any iota of an allegation on these same Scientology search engines that a few Flag regges made seven million dollars in unauthorized credit card charges on pc's credit cards. Had that happened -- and it never did -- we in RTC would have also handled it internally. There was never any embezzlement. There were just a few misunderstood words the regges went past. 

 

In any case, all of these sensationalistic SP allegations distract from the real story: We in the Church of Scientology are experiencing unprecedented straight up and vertical expansion as billions of people the world over clamor for Scientology.

 

Please be sure to RSVP for the Celebrity Centre International Gala. With over 5,000 Scientology luminaries attending including acclaimed actor Danny Masterson, we in RTC will be unveiling a 1:1000 scale model of Project Mouse Table at the Gala! Be sure to attend and to bring your check book or credit card!

SeaCricket
SeaCricket

This is an artful and hilarious fuck you letter by Mr. Murphy.  He covers his butt re the CO$ allegations by stating upfront that he has a witness who will testify along these lines.  Plus it paints such a funny picture of the scn machine, while standing alone as a great PR piece.  

 

Boalt grad:  http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/224678

deElizabethan
deElizabethan

OTVIIIisGrr8  made a great post on this blog at 8:38 according to my email and it's 8:54 now, quite a delay! ?

ClearOT
ClearOT

Jason is awesome!  I loved his videos on You Tube!  Too high toned for the Church of Scientology, that is for sure.  He is a great actor and will continue to flourish!    

DC8ish
DC8ish

What an embarrassment for the legal representation for Scientology.  They don't seem to be very good at their jobs.  If I was Miscavige, I would be furious with my legal team.

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

I just feel like the WHEEEEE Pig in the commercials....................

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  Tony, what happened to your weekly upstat/downstats for the Church?  I'd love to see how this or the Narconon story rate.

deElizabethan
deElizabethan

Way to go Jason Beghe.  Good for you jumping on that and proving it a frivolous lawsuit.

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

RadioPaul, it's unethical to promise a result, but I can see Kendrick saying "I think we can win a million".  Yes, Hernandez was being used.

California
California

Way to go, Jason.... you are a class act, as always!

RadioPaul
RadioPaul

It looks like the clams need to free up their legal teams to deal with the butthurt that is about to come down on them from Narconon in Oklahoma. I wish Jason had dragged it out longer but peace to him :) I love how the cult sells out people for their own cause. I am sure they told that guy, they would get him a million dollars, if they did, maybe he should sue them???

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

Derek, I think they are terrified! It has been a (oh I hate overusing these BS terms)...A Perfect Storm for the CO$ lately...My personal opinion is that they have lost all the talent they had. People like YOU. The attack mechanism doesn't work  so well when you ran off all of your own "sharks".

HUGS, Kid.

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