The Church of Scientology is tired of Leah Remini and is continuing to shoot down claims made in her docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath!
Last week, Leah's new A&E show dissected and criticized the controversial
cult religion — and this week, we got more scary details as she interviewed former senior member Mike Rinder about his life after he left the organization!
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During a sit down, Rinder — who left the Church in 2007 — revealed he once did an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, in which he spoke out against the group. As a result, Mike became a "public enemy" of the Church saying:
"If the Church believed that someone was an enemy that needed to be silenced or destroyed, it was my job and I did it. If I was told to follow someone, I made it happen. If I was told to discredit someone, dig up dirt on them, get their backgrounds investigated I made it happen."
Mike, who had to abandon his two children and wife of 31 years when he left the religion, said he was the target of a lot of scary acts performed by the Church of Scientology.
Not only does Mr. Ridner believe he's been followed several times, but he even claimed one of his neighbors was a PI who was spying on him! The 61-year-old went on to open up about a particularly odd incident:
"We got an anonymous letter in our mail box saying you shouldn't be associating with your neighbor. And I go, 'Wait a minute? Where are they watching from?' So I walked up around the street and I went, ‘Oh, right there.' There's this stupid bird house that I've seen a hundred times, never even giving it a second thought to and so I went and got a ladder and I walked over there, opened the lid and there's a camera inside of the bird house pointing at our house."
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Knowing how crazy some of the stories sound, the interviewee explained:
"I know that there is going to be people who will say things that are just outrageous made up lies in order to try and discredit me. That's the standard policy of Scientology. I know that there will be efforts to get inside my head and intimidate me into not speaking out by putting up websites."
Of course, the Church wasn't going to let Mike have the last word as they wrote to the producers of Leah's show, saying:
"Rinder's dishonesty and malfeasance caused the Church numerous problems that took years and millions of dollars to correct. Ultimately, the intervention of the ecclesiastical leader was needed to clean up Rinder's final and greatest mess, resulting in his removal in disgrace in 2002. Years later, he remains bitter and angry for the humiliation he endured as a result and refuses to accept personal responsibility for any of his actions."
If that wasn't enough, a rep for the batsh*t crazy group felt the need to reach out to E! and share their opinion of Mike with the company:
"Spreading lies and misinformation about Scientology is how Mike Rinder makes his living. Mike Rinder has not stepped inside a Church in nearly a decade. The Church expelled him for severe malfeasance and has had nothing to do with him since. Rinder is trying to do what he knows anti-Scientologists have done for years, intentionally misinterpret and unfairly tarnish the Church. The truth is that current Church leadership never has and never would tolerate unethical conduct, which is why individuals like Rinder were removed."
That sounds about right. When all else fails, deny, deny, deny!
If this was the first crazy story, it might be hard to believe… but with SO MANY wacky tales out there, we're just thankful Remini is spreading awareness about the dangers of Scientology!
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