#44 Scientology, Suppression & Danny Masterson | with Claire Headley

Live - Love - Learn with Catherine Edwards

06-10-2023 • 56 mins

I am once again delighted to be joined by the amazing ex-Scientologist, Claire Headley. In this episode, we talk about how and why it's so hard to leave Scientology, the consequences of doing so, and how Claire and her husband, Marc, have adjusted to life outside of the organisation.

We also talk about Claire's brave involvement in the Danny Masterson trial...

Claire's story is both fascinating and haunting, if you missed our first interview, listen to episode #40.

Episode Guest:

Claire Headley was born and raised in Scientology and spent 30 years in the organisation.

She served as a high-ranking executive at the church’s International base before escaping shortly after her husband, Marc.

In 2023, Claire testified as an Expert Witness on Scientology in the Danny Masterson trial. Claire currently serves as President of The Aftermath Foundation.

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Key Moments:

  • 00:00:00 - Coming up…
  • 00:01:17 - Meet my guest
  • 00:02:37 - Why is it so hard to leave Scientology?
  • 00:09:21 - The Danny Masterson Trial
  • 00:13:25 - “Victims” and the Law
  • 00:24:58 - The letters defending Danny
  • 00:33:14 - Collecting collateral
  • 00:36:43 - Do you ever really escape?
  • 00:43:09 - What next for Claire and Marc?
  • 00:50:04 - Educating the next generation
  • 00:53:49 - Support Claire, Mark & the Aftermath Foundation


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