Here’s the origin of the Scientology phrase Jane Doe 1 used that almost caused a mistrial
Yesterday testimony began in the Danny Masterson trial when the prosecution called alleged victim Jane Doe 1 to the witness stand.
As Deputy DA Reinhold Mueller asked her questions about the social group she was a part of, which included not only Danny Masterson but also Lisa Marie Presley and other young Hollywood types, she explained how insular this group was because they were all Scientologists.
For us, it seemed pretty natural to be curious about how these young Scientologists saw themselves and saw outsiders. And Jane Doe 1 explained that outsiders were called “wogs” by Scientologists, and that they were kept away because there was a “no fraternizing with the enemy code.”
This set off a series of objections by defense attorney Philip Cohen, and a stern rebuke from Judge Charlaine Olmedo. On October 4, Judge Olmedo had produced a lengthy ruling (much of which we published here) explaining how she would allow a limited amount of testimony in the case about Scientology, but only in order to understand the state of mind of the alleged victims and why they had taken so long to report to police.
For some reason, Jane Doe 1 explaining that she was part of a social group that was defined in part by Scientology crossed that line.
Cohen seemed particularly unhappy that Jane Doe 1 had used the word “wog,” but as we pointed out in our video report from the trial yesterday afternoon, that word has come up in this case before. At the preliminary hearing in May 2021, we distinctly remember Judge Cohen herself being amused by the word, and pointing out that it was the Scientology equivalent of a “muggle” in Harry Potter’s world.
As for the order against fraternizing, Cohen was also very unhappy that Jane Doe 1 had referred to it, and Judge Olmedo admonished Mueller for bringing in too much Scientology too fast.
Mueller certainly needs to watch the boundaries that Judge Olmedo laid down, but we don’t have to. We talk about Scientology here all day and we’re going to continue to.
And so we thought we’d provide some context for Jane Doe 1’s reference to fraternizing. Late last night we recorded a special Underground Bunker podcast episode with Chris Shelton, who explained the origin of the phrase, and why it’s common among Los Angeles Scientologists in particular. We’ve sent out the podcast as a separate email (we’d rather embed it here, but Substack wouldn’t allow us to). Here’s the direct link to the podcast episode. The episode, like this story, is for all of our readers, whether they have a subscription of not.
Also, here’s the video we sent out to subscribers yesterday at the conclusion of the court session. What a day! And this morning it starts up again. Be prepared for our reports from court!
Also, just a minor note. During his opening statement yesterday Deputy DA Reinhold Mueller recounted that Jane Doe 3, when she reported her rape to her Scientology ethics officer at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, was told that “you can’t rape your 2D.”
“2D” is very common parlance in Scientology, referring to “second dynamic,” which is your spouse or partner. We’re hearing from readers that other news organizations reported it incorrectly as “2B,” and we’ve been asked if the “pool reporter” got it wrong for everyone.
We just want to point out, our duties as pool reporter ended once the jury was seated. At that point, the rest of the press corps were let into the courtroom and everyone was responsible for their own notes. Any story reporting it as “2B” simply misheard what Mueller was saying, and it had nothing to do with us, ha!
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Maybe they need a glossary from Tony before they do any reports. Looking forward to updates clogging my inbox. Don’t apologize.
'ha' and 'ha' and then maybe a few 'ahhs'.....$cieno jargon flies over the head of most of us wogs. And I don't expect any stringer from the LA Times (they were there, weren't they?) or any other news service to get the backstory.
I don't think Mueller had any other choice but to jump right into the $cieno jargon and the milieu of the $cienoverse. The jury has to get schooled in the backstory too.