She was ‘born into’ Scientology and participated for many years. Recently, however, she left the organisation.
The details of ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ are bizarre. A decade ago, after a dispute with her husband, the wife of the current leader of Scientology disappeared. In 2013 Leah Remini wanted to know where her friend had gone – and was aggressively blocked. The fact that she did so during a celebrity wedding which Miscavige was attending made matters worse.
Eventually, Remini filed a missing persons report with the Los Angeles police. Informed sources place Shelley in an isolated Scientology facility, which includes an underground bunker. This place is dedicated to preserving he writings of the founder of Scientology L Ron Hubbard. The police cast no light on Shelley’s whereabouts. They claimed to have determined that she was not under duress, and therefore her location was confidential.
After leaving Scientology shortly after these events (with her family, who refused to ‘disconnect’ from her, as per Scientology policy) Leah Remini produced a eight-part critical TV series about Scientology, which is now being broadcast. This is different from previous examinations (e.g. “Going Clear”) . It does not take a documentary approach, but is based upon first hand experience and interviews with ex-Scientologists. It promises to bring the abusive behaviour of the Church of Scientology to a new, wider audience, and add a human dimension.
Click ‘Continue Reading’ for links enabling you to watch the first seven episodes (so far) a bonus episode (which includes some incredible interviews) entitled “Ask me Anything” and coverage by the ABC New programme 20/20.
This page is a work in progress. As new episodes appear (once a week) I will add them below, and review them (my review of the first episode will appear as soon as I can). Please bookmark this location and return, now and again, to follow developments.
Also, please inform me here if any links are broken. I’ll fix them as soon as possible.
Episode One: Disconnection
Episode Two: Fair Game
Episode Three: The Bridge
Bonus Episode: Ask Me Anything (1 0f 2)
Episode Four: A Leader Emerges
Episode Five: Golden Era
Episode Six: Auditing
What Went Down (Brief Video Containing Unused Footage)
20/20 | Jan 6 2017| Scientology: A War Without Guns | Watch Online Below | Download as .mp4 (click on the link “Download in Browser”)
The high viewing figures for the series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” has so far proved an unprecedented success for the relatively small A&E Network. It’s not over, and has already attracted the attention of the flagship news programme on the US network ABC.
Here’s the ABC coverage
Episode Seven: Enemies of the Church
Bonus Episode: Ask me Anything (2 0f 2)
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath|Bonus Episode: Ask me Anything (2 0f 2)| Watch Online |
The series is also available from a variety of streaming services via this site.
It’s blocked in the UK, but you can get around this by using the web browser Opera with Turbo Mode engaged, and then copy and paste your chosen link elsewhere.