Jan 6, 2017

Scientology lawyer goes on national TV to slam Leah Remini for show on A&E that led to death threats against their leader David Miscavige

6 January 2017

The Church of Scientology is publicly attacking Leah Reimini in a new interview and accusing the actress of making up lies about their religion in a desperate attempt for fame.

'Leah Remini seems to be making a career out of attacking Scientology, and frankly the Church would just like her to get on with her life and find something else to do,' said Monique E. Yingling, a lawyer for Scientolgy, in a rare interview.

The Church is also claiming that Remini's new show 'Scientology and the Aftermath', which speaks to former members of the religion and details the alleged abuses practiced by the Church, is inciting violence against members

That show, which has featured former Scientologists who claim they were forced to get abortions and physically beaten by high-ranking Church staff, has also reportedly led to death threats being made against leader David Miscavige.

'When people espouse these kinds of lies about an organization like the Church of Scientology is stirs up a lot of religious hatred and bigotry and that results in people believing they somehow have to act it out,' said Yingling, in an interview that will air on ABC's 20/20 Friday night.

Remini however says she refuses to back down and will not stop until the IRS takes away the Church's tax exempt status.

Remini also responded to the Church's criticism that she is making money of her new show on A&E, and the suggestion that her motives are profit driven.

'I don't work for free, this is a very demanding job,' said Remini, who in her role has been travelling the country to meet with former members and filming them so that they can share their stories.

She then added: 'I'm not saying, "hey I'm the savior of your world. I have all the solutions to your life."'

Remini was raised a Scientologist before leaving the Church in 2012, whose most famous member is actor Tom Cruise.

Remini also revealed her other goal in all this, saying: 'That somebody [from the Church] is willing to be honest enough to say that what these people are saying is true.'

She said that she is in talk for a new season of the show, whose finale will air next week.

'I would described the show as a documentary about the abuses of Scientology,' Remini said in describing the program.

Remini spoke very publicly about her time as a member of the Church of Scientology in her 2015 memoir Troublemaker, and her new show is now helping other former members tell their stories.

The most recent episode of 'Scientology and the Aftermath' told the story of Aaron Smith-Levin, who left the Church in 2014 after 29 years.

Smith-Levin said his twin brother Collin was disconnected from the family and declared a Supressive Person after he labeled the Church a cult.

He also revealed that her was the one who told Church leaders what his brother had said about Scientology.

'I would compare my state of mind at the time to the Hitler youth,' said Smith-Levin.

'It's just blind, unflinching allegiance and no remorse.'

Collin was killed in a car accident soon after, before the brothers could ever reconcile or see one another again.

The episode prior spoke with two former Sea Org members the week prior, Marc and Claire Headley.

Clare said in her interview that she was forced to get an abortion by the Church, and that all women in Sea Org who did the same were pressured to as well by Scientology leaders.

In that episode Remini was also being followed and had men waiting for her at a hotel who she later claimed were linked to Scientology.

Scientolgoy has responded to Remini's show in a statement, saying: 'Leah Remini is doing this for the money and now tries to pretend otherwise. Ms. Remini is being compensated for this show, just as she profited from her book.

'In addition, she attempted to extort the Church by first demanding $500,000, followed by an additional $1 million, because the Church invoked its First Amendment right to respond to her false claims with the truth.

'This shows the extent Leah Remini is willing to go to in order to distort the truth about Scientology.

'Remini has repeatedly disparaged and exploited her former faith for profit and attention through a series of failed publicity stunts, culminating in her reality TV show featuring [former members] who have been telling differing versions of the same false tales of abuse for years.'


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