Church of Scientology calls star’s harassment claims ‘pure lunacy’


The Church of Scientology has responded to claims of “harassment and intimidation” made against it by actress Leah Remini, describing her allegations as “pure lunacy”.

Remini, who rose to fame in teen shows such as Saved By The Bell, and is known for sitcoms including The King Of Queens and Kevin Can Wait, has filed a lawsuit against the organisation and its leader David Miscavige.

The 53-year-old star is a former member of the church who joined as a child, but has become one of its most prominent critics since leaving in 2013.

She is now seeking damages after claiming to have suffered 17 years of “psychological torture, defamation, surveillance, harassment, and intimidation” which she claims “significantly” impacted her life and career.

The Church of Scientology has now responded, describing Remini as “an anti-free speech bigot” and a “horrible person”.

Leah Remini is a former scientologist who is now a vocal critic. Pic: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

The statement read: “This lawsuit is ludicrous and the allegations pure lunacy. The Church is not intimidated by Remini’s latest act of blatant harassment and attempt to prevent truthful free speech.”

It also accuses the actress of profiting from her “fabrications”.

More on Scientology

Remini co-created and hosted an anti-Scientology documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath, which aired from 2016 to 2019 and won two Emmy awards.

Read more:
Beyonce pays tribute to fan stabbed to death while listening to her music
Prime minister sues Placebo singer for calling her ‘fascist, racist’

In a statement released after filing her lawsuit, she said: “I believe I am not the first person targeted by Scientology and its operations, but I intend to be the last.”

In the document, filed on Wednesday, she accuses the Church of “mob-style operations and attacks” on her and other “victims and survivors”.

Articles You May Like

‘Putin must be stopped’: Rod Stewart defends support for Ukraine after being ‘booed’ by German crowd
Apple has ‘very serious’ issues under sweeping EU digital rules, competition chief says
BMW 1 series is going electric as an affordable EV for younger buyers
Elon Musk claims that Tesla’s always ‘coming next year’ Roadster can fly
Solar is growing faster than any electricity source as Big Tech seeks clean energy for data centers