Singer Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, has been told by Church of Scientology officials to help dissuade a rape accused from reporting actor Danny Masterson on “The ’70s Show” to authorities, the Los Angeles deputy attorney general revealed in court.
Presley was named as a witness by prosecutors weeks before Masterson’s trial on felony rape charges. Ultimately, on Wednesday, after much anticipation, Los Angeles District Attorney Reinhold Mueller told the court that Presley would not be subpoenaed after new information was revealed.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged the “That ’70s Show” actor with three counts of rape in 2020 based on the accounts of three women, one of whom is Jane Doe 1, who she allegedly captured at Presley after her 2003 incident with Masterson.
The defendants, all former members of the Church of Scientology, alleged that Masterson, a lifelong member, assaulted them at the height of his sitcom fame. Masterson and his legal team denied the allegations, calling them “outrageous,” and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.
Mueller told Judge Charlene Olmedo on Tuesday that prosecutors interviewed Presley last Friday and shared what she could have testified about.
“She indicated that about three months after the 2003 incident, she was approached by Scientology because she was a friend of Jane Doe1,” Mueller told the judge, according to Pool reports. Jane Doe 1 and “calm things down.”
“Jane Doe1 was thinking about going to the authorities and the church wanted to deal with her at home,” Mueller said on Tuesday. “So I made contact with Jane Doe 1 and then had a conversation with her and at some point reported to the Church of Scientology.”
He added that Presley sent Jane Doe 1 a direct message on December 26, 2014, before the case was opened, “apologizing for contributing to her calm at the time.”
Mueller added that the DA was willing to grant Presley immunity for testifying in the criminal trial.
“With this [direct message], we thought she might be concerned about evidence that she is dissuading the witness,” Mueller said. “We told them we thought it was beyond the statute of limitations, and they asked about immunity, and we agreed.”
In an earlier statement, the church representative rejected all of the testimony of the defendants in the criminal case about Scientology, as well as previous witness testimony about the organization.
“There is no truth in the allegations regarding the church. The attorney general is shamefully focusing in his prosecution on the defendant’s religion. Regarding the church, the DA has extracted answers from Jane Does and had them state factual allegations about the church. And they are incorrect,” said ministry spokeswoman Karen Poe. definitely”.
A representative for Presley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Experts told Insider that despite Olmedo’s limitations about Scientology-related testimony, all three defendants offered new insight into the complex nature of the Church of Scientology. Presley’s testimony was another celebrity testimony at the trial.
The three defendants have a civil lawsuit pending in 2019 that lists Scientology as the defendant, alleging that the church has harassed and stalked them since the Los Angeles Police Department began investigating Masterson in 2016. Accounts in the civil lawsuit led to three criminal charges of coercion and a rape case brought by the Los County District Attorney’s office Los Angeles in 2020.
On Tuesday, Masterson’s defense told the court, in light of the new information, that they did not have enough time to prepare for Presley, agreeing when Olmedo told the court that Presley’s testimony was “more relevant” to the defendants’ civil case against Masterson and the Church. Scientology. By Thursday, Mueller assured the court that prosecutors would not call Presley to testify at all.
The Church of Scientology did not immediately respond to a request for comment and has previously described the allegations in the civil lawsuit as “clear, satirical, and self-serving fantasies.”