How Scientology is being held accountable amid new allegations

Sparking controversy. Four women — including Chrissie Carnell Bixler and Marie Bobette Riales — are accusing the Church of Scientology of harassing them.

They also all claim to have been sexually assaulted by actor Danny Masterson, a member of the controversial church. Bixler, Riales and Jane Doe Nos. 1 and 2 want their day in court. “They have a story to tell,” a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly, “and will no longer be silenced.”

“Make no mistake, the Church of Scientology is under attack,” the source adds, claiming that the media is no longer intimidated by the organization, and victims can now use their voices. “It’s a new era,” the source tells Us. “Victims are realizing they do have recourse, and they don’t have to be afraid anymore.”

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Danny Masterson speaks during a Launch Event for Netflix 'The Ranch: Part 3' hosted by Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson at Tequila Cowboy on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Netflix)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher pose at Music City Convention Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Danny Masterson attends the premiere of 'Big Bear' at The London Hotel on September 19, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 24: Musician Danny Masterson poses backstage at the Dylan Fest at Ryman Auditorium on May 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Musicians Adam Busch and Danny Masterson perform onstage during Petty Fest 2016 at The Fonda Theatre on September 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JUNE 04: Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips attend 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park on June 4, 2016 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Victor Hugo/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BUENOS AIRES, DISTRITO FEDERAL - MARCH 17: (L-R) Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson attend the 'Netflix Red Carpet' event at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 17, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Lalo Yasky/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Danny Masterson attends the DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Musicians Mark Ronson (L) and Danny Masterson pose backstage at Fleetwood Mac Fest presented by The Best Fest at the Fonda Theatre on February 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Danny Masterson attends The A List 15th Anniversary Party on September 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The A List)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Danny Masterson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios 'Ant-Man' at Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TOLUCA LAKE, CA - MAY 04: Actor Danny Masterson attends the 8th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sabra Salsa to benefit The George Lopez Foundation at Lakeside Golf Club on May 4, 2015 in Toluca Lake, California. (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/Getty Images for Mulholland Drive Entertainment on behalf of Sabra Dipping Co)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Actors Danny Masterson and Emile Hirsch attend an introduction to HEAVEN 2016 presented by The Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy on June 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Samsung)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Danny Masterson attends Black Label Media hosted party for The Art of Elysium and Elysium Industry with guest host James Franco on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Black Label Media)

The four women filed a stunning lawsuit on August 14 accusing Masterson, 43, the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, of trying to silence them through intimidation ever since they filed sexual assault charges against Masterson with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The civil suit alleges that the women — three of whom are former Scientologists — have been subjected to stalking, slander, libel and a conspiracy of harassment. Masterson and the church have strenuously denied the allegations. The That ’70s Show alum, who’s been married to actress Bijou Phillips (a fellow Scientologist) for eight years — the two have a daughter, Fianna, 5 — says he plans to sue the women “for the damage they’ve caused me and my family,” and a Scientology spokesperson calls the suit “baseless,” adding, “It’s a dishonest and hallucinatory publicity stunt.”

Celebrity Scientologists
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Celebrity Scientologists

Tom Cruise

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John Travolta

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Kelly Preston

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Laura Prepon

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Kirstie Alley

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Michael Peña

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Jenna Elfman

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Jason Lee

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Juliette Lewis  

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Doug E. Fresh

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Elisabeth Moss

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Danny Masterson

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Priscilla Presley

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Bijou Phillips

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Greta van Susteren

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Isaac Hayes

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Actress/Honoree Anne Archer arrives at the 18th Annual Women's Image Awards at Skirball Cultural Center on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

Erika Christensen

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With reporting by Brody Brown, Travis Cronin, Jen Heger and Emily Longeretta

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