As everybody already knows, Leah Remini has started a true war against Scientology; not only did the former member write a book on the cult but also started a docuseries in which she vowed to reveal all the secrets of the Church called Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
Here are her biggest claims on the show:
The alleged forced abortions:
During the episode “Golden Era,” married couple Marc and Claire Headley opened up about their horror experiences with the cult. Claire share she escaped in 2005.
The Headleys used to live and work on the Gold Base, which is supposed to be for the top tier members of the organization. A rule for members of the Sea Org is that there are no kids allowed, which allegedly means many members are forced to have abortions.
“If a woman got pregnant, she would instantly be scheduled to get an abortion. If she refused in any manner she would be segregated, not allowed to speak with her husband, put under surveillance, put under security watch, put under manual labor, and interrogated for her crimes as to why she wanted to leave,” claimed Claire who was allegedly herself forced to have an abortion at 17.
The organization responded to the claims saying: “The Church does not pressure, coerce or compel anyone to have or not have an abortion. These are an individual’s personal choice as provided under the law. Like anyone else, Scientologists and members of the Sea Organization, decide for themselves. Members of the Sea Organization are informed in advance that while they can marry and cohabit, they may not raise children while in the religious order. This is a practical rule due to the rigors of a life dedication to religious work, study, and self-realization. It is not uncommon for members of the Sea Organization to leave to have children while remaining Scientologists and return to the religious order when their children are grown.”
David Miscavige beats up his staff:
“[David] was a mean guy,” sais Hawkins, who worked in marketing for the organization. “David Miscavige physically assaulted me five separate times.”
“[David] just keeps working himself into a tizzy. Then, finally, he jumps up on the table, launches himself at me, knocks me back against the partition wall, starts hammering my face, knocks me down on the floor. I was scratched up. My shirt was ripped off.”
The Church of Scientology responded: “DeVocht is a thoroughly unreliable source who at one time was part of a conspiracy to suborn perjury, as detailed in the attached white paper. Having no reliable source of income, for the last decade he has spread lies about the leader of our Church in exchange for money and perks.”
Members pay to be interrogated:
Allegedly, Scientology officials ask members of the organization if they believe they might have committed something bad. Afterwards they bill them for the interrogation, robbing them of hundreds of dollars per hour.
Mike Rinder had journalists followed for the organization:
During one episode, two reporters said Rinder made “fair game,” meaning it was okay for members of Scientology to go after them.
Scientology answered the following to the accusations: “The truth is—as has been determined judicially on more than one occasion—’fair game’ is a term which is often intentionally misinterpreted and used by apostate Scientologists and other critics to unfairly tarnish the Church. The ‘fair game’ policy was cancelled in 1968, nearly five decades ago, expressly because it was susceptible to misinterpretation and misuse.”
Leah Remini claimed members would be charged for talking about Xenu:
Xenu is the alien warlord that Scientology allegedly believes existed, but was blown up. Remini claimed members would be charged $100,000 if they talk about Xenu.
Furthermore, Scientologists believe that people who are taught such confidential teachings before they are ready, will die of diseases like cancer.
Amy Scobee said the organization covered up her rape:
Scobee worked in the Scientology Celebrity Centre when she was only 14 years old. Her boss allegedly sexually took advantage of her. “He was married and he had me stay back when everybody else left, and basically we had sex. This was statutory rape, and I was too afraid to tell anyone about it.”
“And they indoctrinated in me that if anything serious goes on, it’s handled internally. It happened to me, so therefore I must’ve done something that caused it.”
Once again, Scientology sent a letter in which they claimed Scobee could not be trusted.
Brandon Reisdorf claimed he was locked away to treat his bipolar disorder:
Scientologists allegedly have a program called Introspection Rundown to deal with their members’ mental problems. Brandon Reisdorf stated he used to have manic episodes because of his bipolar disorder. Because of it he was locked in a room and isolated until he calmed down.
Scientology was tax exempt before:
Supposedly, Scientology “won the war” against the IRS by becoming tax exempt in 1993. However, the organization was presumably previously tax exempt, but lost that privilege when Hubbard and other officials were caught using it as a business for financial gain.
Tom Cruise is surrounded by Scientologists on purpose:
Scobee claimed that she was instructed to only hire Scientologists in order to keep Cruise isolated.
Guards keep people from leaving:
Scobee claimed she was only able to escape after her husband, Mat Pesch stood up to a security guard who intended to keep them there. “I said, ‘Unless you want to shoot me in the head, we’re out of here.’”
Aside from her many other former members had similar stories.