Leah Remini is not giving up her fight against the Church of Scientology despite the pressure that they have been putting on her and on the upcoming documentary series’ broadcasting company A&E to cancel the show. The cult church has sent various letters to Remini and to A&E asking to close down production, but now Remini is firing back, demanding them to pay up.
Her lawyer, Douglas E. Mirell said that the letters sent by Karin Pouw, along with the Church as a whole “falsely and maliciously defame Ms. Remini,”
According to the lawyer, the Scientology church is trying to damage Remini’s reputation and interfere with official A&E bradcasting business.
The attorney also disproved Pouw’s 2013 missing person report filed by Remini with the LAPD. In the report, she claimed David Miscavige‘s wife Shelly has been missing since the summer of 2005.
“Not only did Ms. Remini not know of Ms. Miscavige’s whereabouts (or even whether she was still alive) when she filed her missing person report, but the Church of Scientology’s own all-encompassing veil of secrecy renders it literally impossible for Ms. Remini (or for anyone else outside a tight-knit circle of Scientology senior leaders) to know ‘the truth’ about Ms. Miscavige’s location or condition.”
Mirell demands that the Church of Scientology retract their letters and pay Leah Remini $1.5 million as “at least partial compensation for the past, present and ongoing emotional and economic injuries and damages she has suffered, and continues to suffer, as a result of this malicious conduct.”
However, the church is not backing down either. Through their lawyer Gary S. Soter, the church stated that they will stand by their affirmations about the actress.
“This rollout was intended to generate maximum publicity for Ms. Remini’s failed career and to cause maximum harassment to the Church and its ecclesiastical leader,” Soter responded, adding that the upcoming series will be “another failed program by a failed ‘celebrity’ seeking to make a buck off of her former religion.”
Leah Remini’s documentary series about Scientology is set to on November 29 on A&E.