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Each day at Danny Masterson’s rape trial, the front two rows in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom are filled with the actor’s family and close friends.
Like Masterson, his mother, Carol; his wife, the actress Bijou Phillips; his brothers and two half-siblings, and his friend Chris Wadhams are devout Scientologists. They’ve listened without reaction to graphic testimony by Masterson’s accusers, chatting quietly with him during breaks and leaving court with him at the end of each day.
Not among them is a man who helped raise Masterson and his siblings, his former stepfather, Joe Reaiche. Excommunicated from Scientology in 2005, the former professional Australian rugby player said neither Masterson nor any other members of the family have spoken to him since.
“When it happened, I cried. It’s my kids. I raised my children and now they’ve turned against their dad,” Reaiche said in an interview with The Times. “Not because of my decision, but because of the church’s decision. That’s the evil of disconnection.”