A day after former "King of Queens" star Leah Remini launched her A&E series about the Church of Scientology, the L. Ron Hubbard empire struck back. Scientology and the Aftermath is a continuation of Remini's stated project: To prevent even one person from joining an organization that she says she "promoted, defended, and believed in, most of my life".
Although Scientology claims that being a Suppressive Person places you among the ranks of "Napoleon, Hitler, the unrepentant killer and the drug lord", that hasn't stopped multiple former Scientologists from speaking out publicly against the church - either through Remini's show or otherwise. At the age of 14, she says she was raped by her 35-year-old boss, but the incident was swept under the rug by Church officials. Scobee said she witnessed members of The Sea Organization, described on the religion's website as "composed of the singularly most dedicated Scientologists - individuals who have committed their lives to the volunteer service of their religion" cleaning his house and folding his laundry.
"The policy of the "Church" does not allow them to come to me", she said. "He said, "I don't give a s**t if it's you, if it's Tom Cruise, if it's Jenna Elfman, you're all going to get the same story from me", she added. "Why do I wish they would?"
"Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" is produced for A&E Network by the Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC).
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Remini's claims have been disputed by the Church.
The Church of Scientology is essentially a pyramid scheme. "It happened to me, so therefore I must've done something that caused it".
One of Scobee's duties was to run the Celebrity Centres, to recruit celebrities to Scientology and keep them happy and surrounded by Scientologists. Remini reiterates that Scientology must be stopped. "If any Sea Org member [someone who works for the church] is now reading this and. wants to leave, I will help you. including Karin". "Now I see it as any other business and that we're all just trying to do right by ourselves, right by our friends and family and that people outside of Scientology are not bad".
"She recently 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".
As a member for over 30 years, Remini eviscerates the organization's beliefs and its deplorable behaviour not only toward those who have escaped, but also members who remain actively involved in Scientology. In this regard, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath feels created to appeal to those who are still in the belly of the beast as insiders, not outsiders.