Leah Remini TV series about how Scientology rips families apart

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Tom Cruise’s Ex Congratulates His Nemesis Leah Remini For Anti-Scientology Show

    This comes months after Nazanin Boniadi's shocking FBI church documents were exposed.

    By Rosa Sanchez, Radar Online


    Nazanin Boniadi has just spoken out to congratulate Leah Remini on her Scientology documentary, has learned, and Tom Cruise can’t be happy!

    After A&E tweeted to congratulate Remini on her Scientology and the Aftermath Emmy win, Boniadi replied:

    “Congratulations @LeahRemini @MikeRinder & all involved. There are no words, just [love].”

    The gorgeous Homeland actress, 37, has long been linked with the Church of Scientology, even before Remini’s documentary became a booming controversial force within Hollywood circles.

    Earlier this year, FBI documents were found disclosing someone named “NAZ” — very likely Boniadi — was recruited into the religion and trained to be Cruise’s wife.

    She underwent intense supervision for months until she reached a high position within the clan and began to be “considered for a special project.”

    While Cruise and the church denied all claims, the FBI documents state that “NAZ” was chosen to be the actor’s girlfriend and her only job was “to make him happy.” They moved in together after some time.

    “At the beginning of the relationship [he] was very romantic, but as the relationship progressed [he] began to have temper tantrums,” and even “to show violent tendencies,” an agent wrote in the report.

    She reportedly began writing a story about her turbulent relationship and was punished by the church after deciding to break it off.

    She was forced “to dig ditches at midnight and scrub floor tiles in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms. She was placed on a curfew, [security] checked and escorted everywhere she went.” She “was no longer allowed to speak to anyone,” added the agent.

    She was eventually able to leave the church and never look back, much like Remini.

    Anti-Scientology activist Remini, 47, has often bashed Cruise, 55, directly, claiming he is not a good person and is often “diabolical,” much like Scientology leader David Miscavige;they could be twins.


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  2. he has turned over a new leaf, we all have things in the past to cover up:


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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Two witnesses detail David Miscavige’s ruthless Scientology takeover

    By Tony Ortega, September 12, 2017


    If L. Ron Hubbard is responsible for the millions of words that spell out every aspect of Scientology, what, exactly, qualified David Miscavige to take over as church leader after Hubbard died in 1986?

    That’s one of the questions that tonight’s episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath tries to answer, and we think you’re going to find that answer pretty compelling. Once again, Leah Remini shows that she has huge respect for her audience, and isn’t afraid to dive deeply into Scientology’s arcane ideas and complex past.

    To examine the church leader’s rise to power, Remini and Mike Rinder sit down in the first half of the episode with John Brousseau, certainly one of the best people to talk to if you want to know about David Miscavige.

    Brousseau and Miscavige were brothers-in-law for 16 years, for example.

    That’s one of the things we learned about “J.B.” when we did our own two-part story about Brousseau’s really amazing experience in Scientology — from L. Ron Hubbard’s personal driver, to Tom Cruise’s fix-it man, to the guy who actually put the bars on the doors and windows of “The Hole” at Int Base.

    And in one of our favorite details, Brousseau was sitting in a van filled with audio equipment parked outside a Los Angeles hotel while inside the hotel, a wired David Miscavige was explaining to Mary Sue Hubbard that, because of her indictment and conviction in the Snow White Program prosecutions, she would have to step down from her post overseeing the church’s spy wing — the Guardian’s Office — and lose all power in the organization. That was in 1981, a couple of years before Mary Sue’s appeals ran out and she had to go to federal prison (she served a year of the five she was sentenced to for conspiracy in the Snow White break-ins), and more than a year after her husband L. Ron Hubbard had gone into total seclusion.

    John Brousseau witnessed that as well, and was the last person to shake Hubbard’s hand after he climbed into a van and was driven away by Pat and Annie Broeker, Hubbard’s companions in hiding during his final years.

    Just a few days before he died in 1986, Hubbard signed an order anointing the Broekers as “Loyal Officers,” superior to the rank of Captain in the Sea Org, in what seemed like a pretty clear statement that he expected the Broekers to run Scientology after he died. But soon after Hubbard’s death, a new order canceling the “Loyal Officers” decree was circulated as David Miscavige began systematically removing everyone who could make a claim for the church leadership position.


    In the second half of the episode, Leah and Mike talk with Gary Morehead, who went by the code name “Jackson” when he was assigned in his early 20s to be the head security officer at the secretive Int Base international management compound near Hemet, California.

    It was Morehead who helped develop the “blow drill” at Int Base, the complex set of strategies to track down and bring back any Sea Org member who made a run for it from the huge desert compound.

    Morehead explains that one of the ways the church tracked people was to put a travel agency in the organization itself, with a terminal at the Author Services building on Hollywood Boulevard, so that Scientology can simply look up who is flying when, which helps explain a lot.

    What was Gary’s breaking point, Leah asks him, and Morehead talks about his wife becoming pregnant while they were both still in the Sea Org — at a time when Sea Org women who became pregnant were pressured to have abortions, because having children was against the rules.

    Morehead is already on record, in a video he made with Mark Bunker, explaining that one of his jobs as security chief at Int Base was to help with that mission, putting pressure on young women to abort their pregnancies in the name of keeping up their work in the Sea Org. But now, he reveals that he even had to perform that duty on his own wife, convincing her to end her pregnancy.

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    'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath' Investigates David Miscavige's Rise to Power

    By Jean Bentley, Hollywood Reporter


    The fifth episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath season 2 focused on David Miscavige, head of the Church of Scientology since L. Ron Hubbard's death in 1986, and his rise to power.

    Remini and her partner, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, alleged that Miscavige has spent the years following Hubbard's death pushing out all high-ranking Church officials, including the creator's widow, Mary Sue Hubbard, and an entire executive tier of more than 20 people (Rinder included).

    The first person interviewed was 32-year Scientologist John "JB" Brousseau, who left the Church in 2010 after serving as L. Ron Hubbard's personal driver and later a right-hand man to Miscavige, whom he said began asserting his authority even before Hubbard's death.

    "I observed him dismantling and putting himself gradually into a position where he was the senior most person, aside from LRH, and I saw Miscavige becoming more and more authoritative and more and more able to remove people, regardless of position," he said.

    Among the things Brousseau said he observed were Miscavige secretly recording a meeting with Mary Sue Hubbard that eventually led to her losing her power in the Church, and Miscavige removing Hubbard's second-in-command Pat Broeker from power following Hubbard's death.

    "Ultimately that put him in the position where there was no one else in the way, and now he was chairman of the board of Religious Technology Center, the top of RTC, and he was where he wanted to be," Brousseau said. "David Miscavige was the one. He was now invincible."

    Brousseau also touched on the disappearance of Miscavige's wife, Shelly, who has not been seen in public since 2005 (the Church maintains she is not missing), and "the Hole," a.k.a. the Scientology building where Church executives are allegedly imprisoned. Brousseau said he was the one who put bars on the doors of the Hole and blocked the windows from opening all the way, and though the Church denies its existence, Rinder said he has official Church correspondence addressed to him there.

    "People were, myself included, in that little prison for months, some for years," Rinder said.

    Brousseau said the tipping point that caused him to have a crisis of conscience and leave the Church in 2010 was when the ex-wives of former Scientology executives appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 to deny the claims of Miscavige's physical abuse their husbands had made—including Rinder's now-ex-wife — but Brousseau said he had witnessed the abuse firsthand.

    "I had decided in my mind...that this guy is really a psychopathic individual in how he deals with people. There was that turning point where I stopped rationalizing in my mind...the walls just came down for me," Brousseau said.

    In response to Brousseau's comments, the Church of Scientology wrote to A&E, "Brousseau's staff history reveals his character as evasive, sneaky and untrustworthy...[he has] hawked his lies to anti-Scientology writers."

    The second person profiled was former security chief Gary "Jackson" Morehead, a 30-year member who left in 1997 and outlined the different security precautions taken on the base at which he was posted.

    "The security system was by design to keep people out, but eventually it became to keep them in," Morehead said. No one on the base could get out, or even call 911, Morehead said, and he eventually helped create the "Blow Drill," or the procedures taken to find and retrieve an escaped Sea Org member.

    Morehead said he left the Church after he was encouraged by higher-ups to convince his wife to get an abortion, a claim the Church denies. Morehead said he was separated from his wife and subjected to security checks, and his wife was told negative things about him and that he was interested in beastiality. She separated from him, and Morehead left the Church in 1997.

    The Church disputed Morehead's claims, writing, "By his own admission, [Morehead] was never an executive or 'high ranking' staff member and the tales he spins are false and unsubstantiated and continue to change and morph."

    Morehead teared up multiple times, first discussing the abortion and later thinking about his complicity in some of the Church's actions.

    "I thought I was doing a world of good by doing what I did," he said.

    Remini moved to comfort Morehead, who'd joined the Church at age 11 and began his first security post at 16.

    "We did it because we thought we were doing something decent," she told him. "When I look at you, I just see a young kid at 16, I see a young boy wanting to do the right thing and being forced into a cult and we were all part of it and we all believed that. I just want you to know that you're a good person, you just didn't know."

    Later, Remini said, "He was earnestly doing his job thinking that he was protecting the planet ... that's what they all believed. This is the game that Scientology plays. This is David Miscavige following Scientology policy. Is it true that David Miscavige is bad? Yes. But if David Miscavige wasn't there they would grab [someone else] and he would carry on the same legacy because that is what Scientology teaches."

    The Church of Scientology challenges the credibility and statements of the contributors appearing in the series, and wrote in a letter to the network, "neither John Brousseau nor Gary Morehead is a credible source when it comes to their former religion."

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  5. Leah Remini Trains The Big Guns On Scientology In Latest Episode.

    Federalist: Leah Remini Trains The Big Guns On Scientology In Latest Episode

    By Bethany Mandel

    * * * * * BEGIN CONCLUSION * * * * *

    A Forced Abortion Was the Last Straw

    After years of acting as the Gold Base enforcer, it was his wife’s coerced abortion that “broke” Morehead’s connection to Scientology. Sea Org members were banned from having children, so when members found themselves pregnant, pressure to abort came not only from the organization, but often also the other party to the couple. Talking to Remini and Rinder about his wife’s abortion, Morehead broke down in tears, describing his shame at pressuring his wife to abort their child. Had they decided to keep the baby, they would have “had to leave their whole life, leave their friends,” he said.

    Morehead objected to his wife’s treatment, and soon, he says, was subjected to a year of intense interrogations and monitoring, with the goal of destroying his marriage (which was successful). His wife’s abortion and the subsequent abusive treatment Morehead was subjected to afterwards was enough to inspire his defection.

    The intended goal of the second season of “Scientology and the Aftermath” was to spark officials’ interest in the goings-on behind the scenes of the cult. Local law enforcement can and should be conducting raids at the Gold Base and asking every occupant, alone, if they wish to stay.

    After the latest episode aired, a viewer remarked “Forced abortions? Why haven’t the GOP declared war on them?” A prominent Scientology-watching journalist, Tony Ortega, echoed this question, as do I, as a pro-life journalist. With both the House and the Senate Republican-controlled, inquiries into Scientology’s policy of coerced abortions should also begin given how many individuals have described its existence both on and off camera on the A&E special.

    Bethany Mandel is a stay-at-home mother of three children under four and a writer on politics and culture. She is a senior contributor to The Federalist, a columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward, and a contributor at Acculturated. She lives with her husband, Seth, in New Jersey. You can follow her on Twitter @BethanyShondark.

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  6. Quen Member

    I love Rinder and what he's doing, but I got to admit the show gets twice as interesting once you imagine him actually being put there by Scientology as some kind of undercover guy, playing the long con on everybody involved.
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  8. Quentinanon Member

    Interesting theory.
  9. The Internet Member

    I was enjoying the "Rinder is pure ebil!" against "No he is not!" slap fest. Why did it have to end so abruptly?
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  10. I think it was pretty black and white what the slap fest was about, and it wasn't about whether Rinder is "ebil". It was about whether Rinder is a liar based on a statement he made.

    Quentinanon called Rinder a liar and other names for saying "It's really wonderful for people who have had no voice to now be given a voice by Leah and this show," based on the premise that most the guests on the show had written books and/or been interviewed by journalists before.

    If the idea that people who have no voice are given a voice by the show can be translated as "people are speaking out for the first time because of the show," which seems like a reasonable interpretation based on how Anonymous has always scored our stats with the Big List, then Quentinanon was wrong to call Mike Rinder a liar for making that statement.

    I showed Quentinanon that at least 7 people have spoken out for the first time because of the show.

    Saina Kamula, Mirriam Francis, and Lauren Haggis all spoke out for the first time on the show.

    Clarissa Huber Adams, and the three women who accused Danny Masterson of rape all spoke out as a direct result of the show, in stories for Tony Ortega.

    Quentinanon called Mike Rinder a liar over a statement Mike Rinder made - a statement that can demonstrably be shown to be true.

    In other words, regarding his true statement, Mike Rinder was being unjustly smeared by Quentinanon as a liar. Personally, I was surprised that more critically-thinking members of this message board did not leap to his defense.

    I was open to the idea that Rinder might have lied about other things, and I would not argue the idea that he might be called a liar over some OTHER statement that is indisputably a lie. I am aware that some hold a lasting grudge regarding Gerry Armstrong. However, this particular statement was true in my book, and I was willing to defend him over it.
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  11. Malory Member

    Because Anons so hate a woman with a decent pair of tits posing for a photo......

    Fuck off you idiot.
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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Tonight, Paul Haggis calls out Scientology’s celebs: ‘Damn them for being purposely blind’

    By Tony Ortega, September 19, 2017


    ...during her first season of A&E’s Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah barely mentioned the church’s celebrities at all.

    She and Mike Rinder told us they were wary of talking about Tom Cruise and the church’s other celebrated figures on the show, hoping to keep the focus on Scientology’s controversies that mattered.

    This season, however, Leah has already dived headfirst into another subject she previously avoided — Scientology’s beliefs as they are encountered on the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” which she explored in week four.

    And now, in week six, she’s taking on the subject of Scientology’s celebrities head on, and the result is explosive.

    She chooses two people to take us into the world of Scientology celebs. First, she and Mike sit down with Karen Pressley, who, until she left Scientology in 1998, was responsible for helping to recruit actors and directors and artists to the Hollywood Celebrity Centre.

    Pressley confirms that celebrities who managed to be recruited were themselves expected to bring in other notables — one major coup that happened during her tenure was actor Mimi Rogers bringing in the man she was dating, Tom Cruise, in 1986.

    And Pressley adds that because Cruise was such a big catch, he was the reason that the Hollywood Celebrity Centre got a renovation, so that it would look good for the other A-listers that Cruise was expected to bring in.

    Leah then confirms that special pampering of these big names is hierarchical: She was given access to certain parts of the Celebrity Centre and could spend time in proximity to Cruise only after she had made a donation of a million dollars to the church. And she says Cruise rode herd on the other celebrities about what they were doing to bring in even more people — she says he would pester them about who they were bringing to the Hollywood Celebrity Centre’s annual August gala, for example. And Leah was under plenty of pressure to proselytize her King of Queens co-star, Kevin James.

    She wasn’t interested in doing that, but Leah’s hefty donations did get her thank you notes from David Miscavige, Tom Cruise, and Jenna Elfman, which Leah managed to keep — and she gives us a glimpse of them. Here’s just one portion, from Miscavige:

    Dear Leah,

    I got your recent message regarding the event, only to be followed by your latest and overwhelming contribution. Well — I was both stunned and BLOWN AWAY! Congratulations and thank you. What you’re taking responsibility for and doing is damned heroic…I very much consider you a personal friend.

    Money is everything in Scientology, and Karen Pressley reminds us that not only was Miscavige happy to keep the donations coming in, there was plenty of motivation to get others to donate as well. Scientology paid her a ten percent commission on anything she could get the celebrities to fork over.

    There promises to be much more about Karen’s experience in Scientology and her career with the church’s celebrities in her new memoir, Escaping Scientology, which came out just this week.

    The majority of tonight’s episode is spent with director Paul Haggis, whose story is already somewhat familiar if you read Lawrence Wright’s 11,000-word New Yorker story in 2011 about the Crash director leaving Scientology, or if you read Wright’s 2013 book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, or if you saw Alex Gibney’s adaptation of the book in his 2015 HBO documentary, also titled Going Clear.

    But even if you think you’re familiar with Paul’s story, you haven’t seen him take on his former colleagues in Scientology like this.

    Along the way, Haggis and Rinder and Remini talk about Scientology’s homophobia, its smear attacks, and the slimy way the church turned Paul’s sister against him.

    “One of the things I regret most is getting my sister in Scientology,” Haggis says about Kathy Slevin, who disconnected from her famous brother, and then died of cancer without ever reconciling with him.

    Haggis admits that when he first left the church, he tended to give his former friends a pass. He recounts how actor Anne Archer and her husband, producer Terry Jastrow, and film composer Mark Isham and others tried hard to change Paul’s mind after he wrote a scathing resignation letter to church spokesman Tommy Davis.

    But now, some eight years since he walked away, Haggis says he has a different attitude about the celebrities who remain in Scientology even after all of the publicity about its abuses.

    “I’m sorry. At the beginning I excused them. They were my friends and I excused them,” Haggis says. “You know what, damn them now, for being purposely blind.”

    Haggis says that Scientology’s celebrities are “actively participating in a cover up,” and they don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt that the press usually gives them. Celebrities need to be challenged about their involvement, even if that means putting their careers through a major shake-up.

    “It shook my entire life, and that’s a good thing. And I’m ashamed I didn’t do it earlier,” Haggis says.

    It’s a harsh calling out, and one echoed by Leah Remini, who makes this one of the most accusatory episodes of the series we’ve seen so far.

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    Laura Prepon Faces Blowback Over Scientology Claims | Pop Culture


    Leah Remini's documentary series Scientology and the Aftermath is still making waves, and Laura Prepon is the latest celebrity under fire for supporting the religion on Tuesday night's episode.

    Prepon was shown claiming that the Church of Scientology does not teach its followers to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community. It was then pointed out that several books, which Remini claims are used widespread, include teaching against the communities.

    Remini and Crash screenwriter Paul Haggis were live-tweeting her show and bashed Prepon's claims.

    "Every Scientologist reads the same books," Remini wrote. "Any one who says 'I never read that' is a liar. As I was when I was trained as a Scientologist."

    "It still always stuns me how (Scientologist) celebrities can lie like that," Haggis wrote. "I admire her so much as an actress. I find it very sad to see her say things she knows aren't true."


    Prepon's fans were not happy with her defense of the religion, with many speaking out against her and vowing to boycott her shows. It was extra hurtful to the LGBT community, as she plays the openly gay character Alex Voss on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.

    See some fan reactions below.

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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    MLK Day at the Scientology compound

    By Tony Ortega, September 21, 2017


    We just noticed that Paul Haggis, over at Mike Rinder’s website, named the two Scientology jackasses who leapt to their feet in outrage, protesting when Haggis dared to bring up civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when they were discussing Scientology leader David Miscavige.

    Says Haggis:

    It was LRH “biographer” and DM’s speechwriter Dan Sherman, who sat to my immediate left, and senior CoS executive Dave Bloomberg (famous for being the guy with the camcorder when Marty Rathbun was ambushed at LAX) who sat in the middle of the conference table…Sherman and Bloomberg who quite literally leapt to their feet to object to the insult of comparing DM to MLK – which of course I was not doing. I was, respectfully but rather doggedly, digging into the accusations made by the St Pete’s Times that alleged that DM had been physically abusive, trying to get anyone in the room to admit that even their revered leader was fallible. By way of illustrating what should be obvious, I suggested that even incredible men like MLK were human and made mistakes. That clearly outraged them, as I never even got to finish the sentence.

    Haggis figures one of them might have been recording the session with a hidden camera, and so their vociferous defense of Miscavige was probably done knowing that DM could have viewed it later.

    This anecdote was one of the highlights of Tuesday night’s episode, and we saw huge reaction to it on social media. So it’s fun to put some names and faces to the tale.

    Here’s Dan Sherman, Scientology’s official L. Ron Hubbard biographer, who puts on a special show-and-tell presentation each March at the Hubbard Birthday celebration in Clearwater, Florida. For several years, we’ve lovingly referred to him as the Silver Mullet:


    Dave Bloomberg was one of the trio who ambushed Marty Rathbun at LAX, as Paul pointed out. Here he is from a recent Scientology video:


    Great job, guys.

  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Some Thoughts on Scientology and the Aftermath | Chris Shelton

    Leah Remini's Emmy-winning Scientology and the Aftermath is in its second season and the impact the show is having on the world of Scientology is immense. Scientologists have never come out to attack critics the way they are now on social media, the Church is desperate to counter the abuses that are being exposed and more. I talk about this and how the show is affecting me personally.
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