Leah Remini’s Big Fear: Could Confidential Scientology Files Be Released?
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— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 2, 2013
Separated from longtime friends and facing hostility from some, “The King of Queens” actress finds the early days of her life after leaving the religion tricky to navigate.
How would you feel if you had just left a controversial organization and many lifelong friends after openly challenging the boss — yet knew they had possession of 37 years worth of your most intimate confessions in typed files and on videotape?
“When Leah and her family made the decision to leave the church after having been members for decades, the church immediately used disconnection against them in retaliation,” says Karen de la Carriere, who was one of Scientology’s top executives before she left in 2010 after 35 years as a member. De la Carriere is one of several ex-church members helping Remini navigate this difficult and highly charged situation. “Leah and her family were suddenly cut off from friendships that had lasted 20 years or more.”
Learn more about Scientology’s Policies and Practices of Disconnection
Mike Rinder, who has not been able to speak to most of his family members still inside the church since his defection, told THR that in his opinion the information found at the website www[dot]whoismichaelrinder.com could only have come from his auditing files at the church.
“They have letters purportedly written by my ex-wife and daughter about stuff that they could never have known about,” says Rinder of the website devoted to him. “Even worse, they take a kernel of truth and turn it into a lie. It says on the site that I stuck firecrackers in the butts of cats when I was a kid. What I actually did was blow up ant hills with firecrackers. Either way, it was never something I discussed with my ex-wife or daughter.”