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Leah Remini sues Scientology, alleging defamation, harassment

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Actress Leah Remini takes her fight against the Church of Scientology to court with a new lawsuit alleging the church and its current leader, David Miscavige, are behind years of ‘mafia-style tactics’ used against her in a targeted campaign of harassment.

In a 64-page lawsuit obtained by The Times and filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Remini alleges that she was “harassed, surveilled, harassed, threatened, intimidated, and furthermore, was the victim of gossip.” intentional malicious and fraudulent. via hundreds of Scientology-controlled and coordinated social media accounts that exist solely to intimidate and spread misinformation.

The ‘King of Queens’ star, who left Scientology in 2013 after being a member since she was a child, released a statement via her Substack on Wednesday, saying she was suing the church and Miscavige after enduring 17 years of the aforementioned allegations.

Representatives of the Church of Scientology did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.

“Although Scientology victim advocacy has had a significant impact on my life and career, Scientology’s end goal of silencing me has not been achieved,” she wrote.

“Although this lawsuit is about what Scientology has done to me, I am one of thousands of Scientology targets over the past seven decades. People who share their experiences in Scientology, and those who tell their stories and stand up for them, should be free to do so without fear of retaliation from a cult with a tax exemption and billions in assets.

Remini’s lawsuit alleges that Miscavige and Scientology caused her severe economic damage and forced her to endure a “new but never normal life in which Scientology’s surveillance, abuse and lies are the daily punitive cost and inevitable exercise of his First Amendment right and moral duty” to publicly express his concerns about the conduct of the church.

Remini’s lawsuit further states that Scientology’s policies regarding what it calls “suppressive people” – who are defined in the lawsuit as attackers, chaos dealers and anti-Scientologists – are “not a religious doctrine”. The policies are instead described as old-fashioned “Mafia-style tactics” that have been “modernized, amplified, and weaponized by Scientology’s vast network.”

Remini’s lawsuit seeks a jury trial to determine compensatory and punitive damages for the targeted campaign she says she endured for more than a decade.

“The press has the right to report on Scientology without facing a sophisticated Scientology intelligence operation to destroy their personal lives and careers. Law enforcement authorities have the right to investigate Scientology crimes without fear of losing their jobs,” Remini continued in his statement.

“With this lawsuit, I hope to protect the rights granted to them and me by the Constitution of the United States to speak the truth and report the facts about Scientology without fear of vicious and vindictive reprisals, most of which have no way to fight back.”

The former Scientologist, who has spoken out against the church since 2013, filed a missing person report for Shelly Miscavige, the church leader’s wife, shortly after he came out.

Shelly Miscavige notably wasn’t present when actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes married in 2006 and hasn’t been seen in public since her father’s funeral in August 2007. According to Remini, that long absence was the catalyst of his own departure from the organization, and the “Second Act” actor devoted much of his A&E series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” to discussing the seemingly murky details surrounding Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts.

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated her alleged disappearance, but closed the case the same year it was filed, saying the agency had “a face-to-face with Shelly.” According to TMZ, the LAPD has not indicated whether she is being held against her will.

In November 2022, Remini released a viral Twitter feed alleging that the LAPD division assigned to the missing persons case was led by a captain who was in cahoots with the Church of Scientology.



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