Christina B., the second defendant in the Danny Masterson rape trial, concluded her testimony Thursday, saying she was subjected to a “campaign of terror” by the Church of Scientology.
The woman, who testified over three days, was asked by prosecutor Reinhold Mueller why she filed a civil suit against Masterson and the church in 2019.
“This criminal organization is connected to the terrorist campaign against me and my family,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how many police reports or FBI reports I file. No one will stop them – no one. And they still do to this day.
Church of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pow said in an email that the allegations are “absolutely false.”
“Media reports indicate that the district attorney focused the charges on the defendant’s religion,” Pow said. “Bringing religion into this trial appears to be an attempt by the DA to divert attention from whatever the facts are.”
Christina B. Masterson in 2010 In November 2001, he sexually assaulted her while she was sleeping, nearing the end of a six-year relationship. She told jurors she woke up and tried to push him away, and he hit her in the face, then spat on her and called her “white trash.”
Masterson, an active Scientologist, faces three counts of forced rape. The plaintiffs are all former Scientologists, who say they were targeted in retaliation and intimidation for coming forward. The trial began last week with Jane Doe #1 testifying. The third plaintiff, who goes by Jane Doe No. 2, has yet to testify.
Christina B. She appeared nervous and scared throughout her testimony and suffered a panic attack on Tuesday as she described the consequences of being called a “suppressive person” in church.
But she gave correct answers to the questions in the cross-examination, sometimes wanting to clarify the question before answering. Defense attorney Philip Cohen questioned her over the course of a day about accounts she gave to investigators, Mueller and her pretrial testimony.
When asked why certain details were in some copies but not others, she says she answered everything she was asked.
“I had never been interviewed by a detective before and I was very nervous,” she once said. “I remember answering their questions honestly.”
In addition to the alleged rape, Christina B. Masterson confessed in December 2001 that she had had anal sex. The next morning her.
On Thursday, she said she loved Masterson despite the sexual assaults.
“I never denied that,” she said.
But she said that their sexual relationship was never romantic.
“It was very brutal and violent,” she said. “At the time, I didn’t have much to compare what a healthy relationship looked like…. It used to happen a lot, where I would sleep and wake up to him having sex with me… that was normal.
During a recess, Judge Charlene Olmedo advised Cohen that questions about the nature of their sexual relationship were irrelevant. Cohen argued that testifying about Masterson’s “sexual style” could weaken the charge that he intended to commit rape.
“At this point, I think the questions are more sensitive to the dynamics of the relationship,” Olmedo said.
Testimony continues Friday.