The 13th Step- A Documentary Film, Exposing Sexual & Violent Predators, in Alcoholics Anonymous Available NOW on VIMEO

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The film that tells the truth about the most revered self-help group on the planet. AA- ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, promoted as the wonder of this century by ROCKEFELLER,  NEUT GINGRICH, DICK VAN DYKE, ELTON JOHN, EDIE FALCO, Senator Hughes, Chuck Lorre, Martin Sheen and many more.

Little did I know how deep the rabbit hole went when I started making the film in May of 2011. It was Christine and Saundra Cass’s murder in Hawaii that did it for me.  Learning about Karla Brada’s murder put the nails in the coffin as well.

But when I learned about how Pilots, Nurses, and Doctors are extorted to attend in such an insane way …I could not believe my ears or eyes as I read their contracts. This could be another whole film on CNN , FRONTLINE or 60 Minutes – but I digress.

The latest News about Corrupt Sober Living Houses, (Chris Bathum featured on ABC 20/20 recently)  fraud in Rehabs and how PROP 36 sends all the diversion folks to a SOBER LIVING, drug tests all clients and makes everyone follow the 1936 -12 step

Prohibition WAYS of NO ALCOHOL , “no nothing” kinda mentality. YIKES !!!

Interesting note that Major Insurance is paying for The Sober Living sham, through a thing called IOP’s and expensive Drug Testing. Who owns the drug testing COMPANY you may ask? I find myself digging, again, down another rabbit hole. But, that’s another film. There is one pilot who I interviewed in this film. He was afraid to be seen.

Here is the link to rent or buy the film.

An Award Winning new Documentary that exposes the dark under belly of the most revered self help groups, Alcoholics Anonymous. The Courts are plea dealing Violent offenders and Sex offenders to AA meetings and women are getting murdered and raped. Journalist Gabrielle Glaser, Author Lance Dodes, Tom Horvath, Dr Jaffi, Dr Marc Kern, HAMS creator Kenneth Anderson, Author Stanton Peele, Cluadia Chrisitan, Steven Slate, Founder of SOS, Jim Christopher and filmmaker Monica Richardson.

Hollywood Alcoholics Anonymous Member Cameron Thor Accused of Rape by Teen Jordyn Ladell

Hollywood Acting Coach’s Accuser Comes Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations

 Jordyn Ladell claims she was just 13 years old when Hollywood acting coach Cameron Thor allegedly sexually assaulted her. Violent Felons in NA Daytona Meetings.

Six years later, Thor is facing criminal charges for the alleged assault after Ladell, now 19, worked with authorities to get him arrested. She is telling her story about what she says happened to her when she was in the eighth grade.

“It doesn’t change. It’s never going to go away,” Ladell told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “It’s always going to be the place he raped me.”Drug Court Mandates in AA Daytona Meetings.

It took Ladell years to report the alleged sexual assault to police, then followed a series of attempted sting operations to get Thor arrested. He was arrested on June 3, 2014, and charged with 13 counts, including kidnapping, lewd acts on a child and sexual penetration. He has pled not guilty to all charges and is awaiting trial.

Jordyn Ladell, left, returns with ABCs Juju Chang, right, to the canyon outside of Los Angeles where she claims Cameron Thor allegedly sexually assaulted her.

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Jordyn Ladell, left, returns with ABC’s Juju Chang, right, to the canyon outside of Los Angeles where she claims Cameron Thor allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Thor was known around Hollywood as a high-profile acting coach, who claimed on his now defunct website to have worked with a host of celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Johnny Knoxville and Madonna. He has also played bit parts in blockbusters like “Jurassic Park,” “A Few Good Men” and “Star Trek.”

Ladell was 12 years old when she said she and her mother Pattie Ladell met Thor. At the time, Ladell said she, her parents and her twin brother Josh had fallen on hard times and her mother was a struggling alcoholic.

“People came to repo the cars. Like, they would shut the power off,” Jordyn Ladell said. “My dad would walk two miles to bring us a lunch at school every day because he’d have to find money for that day to get us lunch.”

Pattie Ladell was going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings held at a local bank and Jordyn said she tagged along for support. That is where they said Thor introduced himself.

“He is very intellectual, and he comes across very charismatic,” Pattie Ladell told “Nightline.” “I wanted to be like him actually.”

Jordyn said Thor offered her free acting lessons and said she could make money for her family as a young actress.

“He promised me that I would be able to help my parents. My mom would stay sober and that my parents would stay together if there was just no money problems, because they wouldn’t fight,” she said.

Jordyn said Thor allegedly offered to pay for her to get braces on her teeth, which she said Thor never followed up on.

“I had like a really bad gap in my two front teeth and the one was kind of crooked to the side,” she said. “And kids aren’t nice in middle school, so people were really mean to me about it.”

“I just thought he really … liked her,” Pattie Ladell added. “And thought she was a great kid and was trying to help her, and that’s all I ever thought.”

Jordyn said Thor insisted that she take lessons his home instead of going to his studio, so that the other students wouldn’t find out she was taking his class for free.

When Jordyn and her mother went to Thor’s home for the first time, Jordyn said he showed them around. Jordyn’s mother then went outside to sit in the car during the lesson, and that’s when Jordyn said Thor took her upstairs to a bedroom and shut the door.

“And then he was just really touchy. Like every time he had a conversation with me, it was like hand on my shoulder, hand on my leg, stuff like that,” Jordyn recalled. “He told me I make him hard. I didn’t say a word. I just stared at him. I didn’t really know what he was talking about.”

The lessons continued at Thor’s house while no one else was at home, Jordyn said, and each time, she claims Thor continued to touch her legs and hands.

“The third time, we went upstairs again, he locked the door, and he was even creepier,” Jordyn said. “Like just way more touchy, like weird.”

“Before I left, he said I had to give him a hug,” she continued. “So I gave him a hug and he like pressed his penis up against me and like whispered in my ear, You make me so hard. And I like, pulled away or whatever, and he wouldn’t let me pull away and he kept hugging me… And he wouldn’t let me leave. And he just kept saying, ‘No I can’t go down there like this, your mom can’t see me hard. Your mom can’t see me hard.’”

Jordyn said she didn’t want to tell her parents what happened because she thought they would think it was her fault.

“Just because, that’s kind of how he put it, is that I make him hard,” she said. “I assumed I had to. I had to have done something. That it was my fault.”

But in March 2009, Jordyn, then in the eighth grade, said something happened that changed the course of her entire life. She said Thor picked her up from her house and took her to a nearby park.

“This is where he talked about really inappropriate things and asked me questions like if I’ve ever given head before, if I’ve ever been eaten out or had sex. And I answered no to all those questions,” she said. “And then this is when he took me to his car and took me up to the canyon.”

Jordyn said Thor then told her to ask her mother if they could go for a drive to Malibu. After some hesitation, Jordyn said her mom eventually relented, but instead of going to Malibu, Jordyn said Thor drove her to a remote spot on a quiet road at Encinal Canyon and parked the car.

“He pulled out like a vial of marijuana,” Jordyn said. “He was smoking, and he like rolled the windows up and had locked the car and had taken my cell phone also…I was frozen. I was just scared, terrified… I was lightheaded. I felt dizzy. I felt sick.”

That’s when she said he sexually assaulted her.

“He got on top of me and was kissing me. And he took that… black and white striped thing that I had on off and was kissing me and leaning over on me and was grabbing me, putting his hands in my shirt. And he undid my pants and put his finger in my pants,” she said.

Jordyn said she felt like she couldn’t get away because they were parked next to a mountain with a cliff on the other side.

But when she got home she was silent about what had allegedly occurred.

“He told me no one would believe me,” Jordyn said. “That if I told my parents, my mom would start drinking again.”

Jordyn said she saw Thor once more after that and then got the courage to tell her mother that she didn’t want to go to acting lessons anymore. But she said she remained silent for months about what she claims Thor allegedly did to her in the canyon.

Afterwards, Jordyn said her schoolwork suffered. Finally, about half a year later, Jordyn said she confided in her older teenage cousin, Karlie.

“It was really late,” Karlie said. “And we were just talking and I think I was telling her about a friend of mine who, something kind of inappropriate happened to her… and that’s kind of how Jordy matter of factly just brought up her experience, almost like it wasn’t a big … immediately I was like, ‘Wait what did you just say” And then she got kind of scared and realized that I was reacting.”

Karlie said she didn’t tell anyone what her cousin told her because she was afraid of betraying her trust.

“I had tried hunting her down over texting and Facebook. And she was ignoring me,” Karlie said. “So I tried and I tried and then finally I was like, ‘What do I do here?’ I guess I’m just going to have to risk her being mad at me.”

Karlie said she called her uncle, Jordyn’s father Dean Ladell, and told him what Jordyn had said.

“And she said do you remember when Jordyn was taking those acting lessons?” Dean Ladell said. “And I said yeah I think so… And she said something to the effect of, ‘well something very bad happened during those lessons.’ And I said, ‘what do you mean by that?’… And she said, ‘I think he did something very bad to Jordyn.’”

When he heard what had happened, Dean pulled Jordyn out of school for what he said was a “family emergency.”

“It was nice because I was terrified that they weren’t going to believe me, and I thought they were going to be mad at me. And they weren’t,” Jordyn said.

Her parents got her into therapy, but respected her wishes to not go to the police. Four years later, Jordyn had become a dance teacher and one night Pattie Ladell said she asked her daughter if she would want a student who had the same experience to also stay silent.

“I broke down right there, and that made me want to do something,” Jordyn said.

So Jordyn went to the police and agreed to be part of an attempted sting operation designed to get Thor to incriminate himself. Though she hadn’t spoken to Thor in years, she had to reach out to her alleged attacker through text message under the direction of law enforcement. The texting went on for months and eventually, detectives got Jordyn to arrange a meeting with Thor at a Starbucks.

“Seeing him for the first time in a while was gross,” she said. “It was really hard for me. I was like really scared about it days before.”

Detectives had bugged the table with a recording device, and Jordyn gathered what she said she thought was an admission from Thor at the time, and his defense lawyer disputes that. But detectives and the district attorney didn’t feel they had gathered enough evidence yet to arrest Thor, so they had Jordyn call Thor and speak to him while they secretly taped the conversation. Shortly after, detectives arrested him.

Thor was eventually released on bail and placed under house arrest, forced to wear an ankle bracelet.

In a statement to ABC News, Thor’s defense attorney James Blatt said that they feel “that it is important that his case be decided in a courtroom not in a television program” and that “at this time, there is a continuing, intensive investigation by the district attorney and the defense to determine the truth concerning these allegations. We are confident that after the investigations are completed, Mr. Thor will be exonerated.”

Jordyn, who first shared her story with the Hollywood Reporter, said navigating the criminal justice system has been a horrifying ordeal and telling her story hasn’t been easy. But no matter the outcome, she feels she’s done the right thing by coming forward.

“It’s, by far, the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life,” Jordyn said. “You have to do it for yourself. They victimized you, and you have to take that back. You have to go from being like a victim to a survivor.”

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Documentary featuring Karla Brada Story that Exposes Alcoholics Anonymous to be shown at Cannes Film Festival

"The 13th Step" producer Monica Richardson, left, with Karla Brada's mother and father Jaroslava and Hector Mendez at the Beverly Hills Film Festival where the film won best documentary.

Documentary featuring Brada case to be shown at Cannes Film Festival

Jim Holt May 15th 2015

A film documenting the story of Saugus resident Karla Brada, who was murdered by a boyfriend she met through Alcoholics Anonymous, will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

The film, called “The 13th Step,” tells the story of Brada and other individuals victimized by criminal acts of AA members. The parents of Brada, who was murdered by AA member Eric Earle in 2011, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AA. Violent felons in AA and NA Daytona meetings.

“It feels good that the world will know,” Brada’s mother, Jaroslava Mendez, said of “The 13th Step” being shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which started Wednesday and continues until May 24.

Created by documentary filmmaker Monica Richardson, “The 13th Step” premiered at the Beverly Hills Film Festival earlier this month, where it won the Best Documentary Award.

Earle was convicted last September of murdering Brada by willfully and deliberately smothering her to death between the night of Aug. 31, 2011, and the morning of Sept. 1, 2011, inside the couple’s Saugus condominium. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Earle and Brada had met through AA.

Jaroslava and Hector Mendez’s wrongful-death lawsuit, filed by Valencia attorney John Noland, alleges negligence on the part of AA. It was served on New York-based Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., Noland said.

“This lawsuit is to help other people,” Jaroslava Mendez told The Signal shortly after the suit was filed.

Last month a judge approved Noland’s request to refine his lawsuit against AA. He has until mid-June to serve AA’s lawyers the revised version of the suit, he said.
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