August 03, 2023

Celebrity

Leah Remini sues Church of Scientology, citing harassment and defamation

Leah Remini claims 'Psychological Torture' by Church of Scientology

By Ellen James August 03, 2023
Leah Remini held Scientology accountable for failing to report crimes to civil authorities.
Leah Remini held Scientology accountable for failing to report crimes to civil authorities.

Leah Remini has launched an extensive lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige. 

Remini became a member of Scientology at the tender age of 9 in 1979 and departed in 2013. She alleges a series of egregious offences, including harassment, defamation, surveillance, and other unlawful behaviours that have caused what she terms as "psychological torture."

The former King of Queens star bravely spoke out about the organization's alleged "mob-style operations and attacks" that she claims have profoundly impacted her life and career. 

According to the bombshell lawsuit, the organization allegedly orchestrated a series of "coordinated and malicious assaults" against Remini after her departure, including public accusations of her mistreatment towards her mother and daughter and unfounded claims of racist statements. 

With this landmark legal action, Remini aims to protect her rights as a citizen of the United States to speak the truth and report the facts about Scientology. 

Leah Remini's bold stance as a vocal critic of Scientology has been well-known for several years, ever since her public break with the Los Angeles-based organization.

In 2016, she took her fight to a wider audience by co-creating and executive producing the acclaimed documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. 

Last November, Remini stepped into the spotlight again when she testified as a witness in the civil rape trial of Paul Haggis. 

She argued that the church had orchestrated the allegations against Haggis, who himself had left Scientology in 2009. 

The trial ended in a hung jury, but Remini did not stay silent. 

On Twitter, she posted a lengthy statement accusing Scientology's leader, David Miscavige, of covering up sexual harassment and assault within the church.