Actress Leah Remini has filed a lawsuit in opposition to Scientology chief David Miscavige for “harassment, surveillance and defamation.”
Remini, 53, argues within the lawsuit that she was focused after talking out in opposition to the church after asking about their leaders’ lacking spouse at Tom Cruise’s marriage ceremony to Katie Holmes.
The actress requested the whereabouts of Michele “Shelley” Miscavige, who has not been seen for 17 years after not attending the marriage in 2006.
Miscavige, who’s now additionally lacking, is the topic of a number of lawsuits from former Scientologists, however he has by no means been bodily reached to get paperwork.
Remini’s lawsuit claims the “campaign to destroy her” gained momentum after she left the church in 2013.
Remini, 53, argues in lawsuit she was focused after talking out about Tom Cruise’s marriage to Katie Holmes
The actress requested questions on Miscavige’s lacking spouse, who hasn’t been seen in 17 years after not attending the marriage in 2006.
Court paperwork present that she accuses the Church of Scientology of “civil harassment, stalking, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intentional interference with future economic advantage.”
She has filed eight prices in opposition to them in her lawsuit and is asking for punitive and compensatory damages to be confirmed at trial.
The lawsuit additionally seeks “compensation for the disruption of contractual relationships and lost business opportunities” in an undisclosed quantity.
Remini claims she needed to rent bodyguards for her e book tour after being “physically followed” by folks she mentioned labored for the church.
She claims they despatched “disparaging and threatening letters” to these selling her e book.
The paperwork additionally allege that celebrities who’re energetic Scientologists had been “trained” to assault Remini’s credibility by calling her a “criminal.”
A gathering was mentioned to have been organized in early 2018 and people current had been handed a doc with ‘talking points’ written by the church.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Church of Scientology for remark, however didn’t obtain a right away response.
David Miscavige, additionally now lacking, has been the topic of a number of lawsuits from former Scientologists, however he has by no means been bodily reached to get paperwork.
She has filed eight prices in opposition to them in her lawsuit and is asking for punitive and compensatory damages to be confirmed at trial
In a press release, Remini mentioned: “After 17 years of harassment, intimidation, surveillance and defamation, I’m submitting a lawsuit in opposition to Scientology and David Miscavige.
“While advocating for Scientology victims has considerably impacted my life and profession, Scientology’s final purpose of silencing me has not been achieved.
“While this lawsuit is about what Scientology has completed to me, I’m one in every of 1000’s of Scientology targets over the previous seven a long time.
“People who share what they’ve skilled in Scientology, and those that inform their tales and advocate for it, ought to be free to take action with out worry of retaliation from a cult with tax-exempt billions in property.
“The press has a proper to report on Scientology with out going through a complicated Scientology intelligence operation to destroy their private lives and their careers.
“Law enforcement businesses have the precise to research crimes in Scientology with out worry of dropping their jobs.
“Children, moms, fathers, aunts and uncles have the precise to request welfare checks on their relations with out worry of an operation being carried out in opposition to them by Scientology.
“Those within the leisure world ought to have the precise to inform jokes and tales with out going through a Scientology operation utilizing its assets in Hollywood to destroy their lives and careers.
“With this lawsuit, I hope to guard the rights granted to them and me by the Constitution of the United States to talk the reality and report the info about Scientology with out worry of merciless and vengeful retaliation, most of which would not have a option to battle again. .’