October 5, 2023

In a brand new lawsuit alleging abusive practices by the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini has implicated Tom Cruise within the high rungs of energy within the controversial group, saying he was “basically second in command” and describing how she was compelled to apologize to him and donate cash to his favourite Scientology causes after she was accused of upsetting his 2006 marriage ceremony to Katie Holmes by asking concerning the whereabouts of chief David Miscavige’s spouse.

Remini additionally alleged that she needed to make amends to Cruise by donating cash in honor of his daughter, Suri Cruise. The “King of Queens” actor stated it has lengthy been thought-about “a Excessive Crime in Scientology to criticize (Tom) in any means,” whereas noting that Miscavige advised an viewers of Scientologists at a 2004 gala in England that Cruise was “probably the most devoted Scientologist I do know.”

Leah Remini arrives on the fifteenth Annual DesignCare on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Malibu, Calif. (Photograph by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) 

Remini, who has emerged as one in all Scientology’s main critics since leaving the group in 2013, filed her 60-page grievance towards the Church of Scientology and Miscavige Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court docket. She alleges she suffered years of harassment, intimidation and defamation as a part of an organized marketing campaign of retaliation as a result of she has uncovered alleged church abuses, beginning together with her 2015 memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” and in her Emmy-winning A&E docuseries, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

“For 17 years, Scientology and David Miscavige have subjected me to what I imagine to be psychological torture, defamation, surveillance, harassment, and intimidation, considerably impacting my life and profession,” Remini stated in a information launch she shared on Substack, CNN reported. “I imagine I’m not the primary individual focused by Scientology and its operations, however I intend to be the final.”

In a press release, the Church of Scientology blasted Remini’s lawsuit as “ludicrous” and “frivolous” and stated her allegations as “pure lunacy.”

“Remini spreads hate and falsehoods for a decade and is now offended when individuals train their proper to free speech, exposing her for what she is — an anti-free speech bigot,” the assertion stated. The group additionally stated her “obsession with attacking her former faith, by spreading falsehoodsand hate speech, has generated threats of and precise violence towards the church and its members.”

“All of the whereas … she has profited handsomely from her fabrications, via the sale of hate books, hate podcasts and paid-for tabloid hate tv,” the assertion continued.

Remini’s lawsuit comprises a number of mentions of Cruise, who has lengthy been one in all Hollywood’s most bankable stars however who additionally has turned probably the most well-known public face of Scientology. Remini joined Scientology as a toddler and likewise turned a outstanding celeb member, however she stated her standing within the church modified after Cruise’s lavish 2006 marriage ceremony to Holmes, his third spouse.

The occasion in an Italian fort was billed as “the marriage of the century,” which is why Remini stated in her lawsuit that she was shocked that Miscavige’s spouse, Michele “Shelly” Miscavige, was “was nowhere to be discovered.” Shelly Miscavige was assistant to her husband, the “chairman of the board” and her “job was to continuously file every thing” he stated “so {that a} crew of secretaries might later transcribe his phrases and orders for dissemination all through Scientology.”

“When Ms. Remini requested a bunch of Scientology executives and Tom Cruise’s private handlers … ‘The place is Shelly?’ she was instantly admonished by the group, even if she and Ms. Miscavige had been good associates,” the lawsuit stated.

Remini stated she additionally witnessed different habits on the marriage ceremony that “set off pink flags for her, together with unethical contacts between varied Scientology executives and others on the marriage ceremony which she understood to be forbidden by Scientology teachings,” the lawsuit stated. In accordance with Scientology practices, which Remini “had been brainwashed” into following, she shared her issues in a written “Information Report” that she submitted to the church.

However apparently, church executives didn’t like what she wrote. Remini alleges she was ordered to report back to the the church’s “religious headquarters” in Clearwater, Florida, the place she was confronted with “dozens of inner stories from Scientologists complaining about her habits on the marriage ceremony,” the lawsuit stated. It “turned clear” to Remini that she was being punished for asking the place Shelly Miscavige was and for submitting stories on David Miscavige and others.”

Remini alleges she was compelled to remain on the headquarters, the place she needed to “endure” 4 months of “ethics” coaching, which she stated value her a whole bunch of hundreds and {dollars} and which she described as “one in all her life’s worst nightmares.”

Actor Tom Cruise and his wife, actress Katie Holmes, arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California in this February 26, 2012 file photo. The couple settled their divorce on July 9, 2012 in what her lawyer called a "speedy resolution" to a case that prompted questions over the raising of their daughter and the Church of Scientology. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE SOCIETY) (OSCARS-PARTIES)
Actor Tom Cruise and his spouse, actress Katie Holmes, arrive on the 2012 Vainness Honest Oscar get together in West Hollywood, California on this February 26, 2012 file picture. The couple settled their divorce on July 9, 2012 in what her lawyer known as a “speedy decision” to a case that prompted questions over the elevating of their daughter and the Church of Scientology.REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Information (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE SOCIETY) (OSCARS-PARTIES)