Every week, Leah Remini somehow finds a way to shock us on her docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath, and Tuesday night's episode was no different!
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The last two weeks, we've seen interviews with David Miscavige's father and heard a FRIGHTENING story about the Church forcing abortions.
But last night, we got to hear the heartbreaking story of a man whose relationship with his twin, Collin, was absolutely DESTROYED because of the church's practice of "disconnection" in which people who leave the group are cut off.
Aaron Smith-Levin, a 29-year member of the organization, sat down with the former King of Queens star despite his wife refusing to do so. Aaron's wife's parents are still Scientologists who refuse to see their grandkids — WHO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET! So it's pretty understandable the mother wouldn't want to damage the already strained relationship.
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In speaking with Leah, Smith-Levin admitted that when he was younger and learned the
cult religious group became tax-exempt and "won the war" against the IRS, he got involved with them to try and become an auditor.
The former Scientologist explained parishioners are hooked up to a type of lie detector and auditors interrogate them! YIKES!
What's WILD is Aaron dished that he and Collin would train EVERY DAY from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for THREE YEARS! They apparently started when they were extremely young because by the time the brothers were 14, they were experts!
As you can imagine, the story gets CRAZIER!
After Aaron's brother took the certification test and got a PERFECT score, at which point Miscavige decided to update the requirements to make things a lot harder and Collin could no long pass. As a result, the young boy was so ashamed that he fled Scientology center in Clearwater, Florida to head to his father's house in Minnesota. This is a big old Scientology no-no!
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When someone just up and leaves the Church, they refer to them as someone who "blows" and it's basically seen as a criminal act. SRSLY?!
After Collin left, Aaron's mom followed him to Minnesota to bring him back to the Clearwater compound and make him submit to an interrogation for his "crimes." The teen spent hours every single day being audited regarding his bad behavior! He was only a kid!
Eventually, Collin was sent to Philadelphia after he was branded "a nothing" and "a failure" and his mom didn't chase after him this time. At only 15 years old, the boy was on his own and ended up getting a GED, enrolling in college at The University of New Mexico and writing papers regarding his time in Scientology and how he escaped.
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After Aaron found out what his brother was doing, he wrote a report called a "knowledge report" ratting out his OWN BROTHER. Both Smith-Levin and his mom turned their backs on Collin thinking he would eventually come back to the Church.
Leah's cohost, Mike Rinder, who is also a former Scientologist, talked about the "reports," saying:
"Scientologists are expected to write such reports, because they believe that by writing them the person who is transgressing in some fashion or doing something wrong will be pulled in by the Church and corrected and that will be for their own good."
Sadly, the young man died in a car accident before that was even a possibility, and his mom wasn't even speaking to him at the time. UGH.
While talking about his brother, Aaron broke down and admitted:
"Unconditional love does not exist in Scientology."
What's worse is Aaron revealed he had to "fight to go to the funeral." Mr. Smith-Levin even said:
"My commanding officer was like… ‘He was just a (Suppressive Person). Why would you bother taking time off post to go to the funeral?' I'm like, ‘He's my identical twin brother, that's why.'"
Wow. Just wow.
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Though the grieving brother was worried that Collin wouldn't want him at his funeral, Aaron's dad assured him otherwise — but the former Sea Org member STILL disconnected from his dad! Apparently that was the ONLY WAY he would be given permission to marry his wife as he dished:
"You can't get married because you talk to your dad who talks to your brother. I mean the stupidity is incredible."
That's batsh*t crazy!
Despite ALL of this though, it wasn't enough to get Aaron to leave the Church and it wasn't until quite a few discouraging reports came out in the St. Petersburg Times that he admitted it was "the beginning of the end."
A few years later, Aaron and his mom SERIOUSLY started doubting the group's teachings and his mother was "declared," meaning she was kicked out. Because Smith-Levin didn't want to lose his job, he pretended he wasn't in contact with her, but eventually the kids' nanny found out and turned him in! As a result, Aaron was kicked out, which meant his wife lost her job too, and their kids were booted from their school.
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As terrible as this all is though, the former member revealed how much better life is now, saying:
"As much tragedy has happened…our life is much better now."
Of course the Church of Scientology is doing their best to discredit Aaron already as they sent a letter to show show saying he was in fact "… expelled for violent behavior, especially toward women." The letter goes on to state:
"In all, 100 separate reports were written about Smith-Levin being abusive toward others. Of these reports, 20 included his being physically violent with others."
The letter continues:
"Having cut himself off from former friends and family, he now rants about his time on staff, feeding his hateful lies to hate blogger Tony Ortega and doing YouTube interviews with Mike Rinder and other members of the anti-Scientology clique."
If you want to read the church's FULL response, check out their letter HERE!
What do you think of the newest shocking Scientology story?
Don't forget to watch Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath when it airs on A&E Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST.
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