— Tony Ortega (@TonyOrtega94) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini has taken a surprising new step, the Underground Bunker has learned.
After speaking with the Los Angeles Police Department, we have confirmed that on Wednesday Remini filed a missing-person report for Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly Miscavige, who has not been seen in public in six years.
From Tony Ortega:
LAPD Officer Gregory Baek tells us that detectives have made contact with Shelly Miscavige and now consider the case closed and classified as “unfounded.”
(That news started filtering out a few hours ago, first with an unnamed LAPD source to the New York Daily News.)
But here’s the thing. Our sources tell us that Leah Remini, who filed the report earlier this week, had not been briefed by the LAPD and was told the case was still open late this afternoon.
We asked Officer Baek — Would the LAPD begin telling the press and public that the case was closed without briefing the person who made the missing-person report?
“That depends on the situation and the case, and the detective will decide which will get first,” he told us. “I don’t know exactly what happened.”
Well, that’s reassuring.
So the public still has no confirmation on where Shelly Miscavige is, what condition she’s in, and why she hasn’t been seen at church events in the last seven years.
And Leah Remini, as far as we know, has received no answers to her questions.
WHERE IS SHELLY MISCAVIGE?
Leah Remini reports wife of Scientology boss missing… http://t.co/ys42977nLV
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) August 9, 2013
Scientology Revolt: Ex-Church Star Leah Remini Files Missing Person Report With LAPD Over Long-Unseen Wife Of Leader http://t.co/VFi657Zf5J
— RadarOnline.com (@radar_online) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini calls the Cops on the Church of Scientology http://t.co/niXXu1CmtJ
— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) August 8, 2013
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini Files Missing Person Report for Scientology Leader David Miscavige's Wife http://t.co/AiOQQoCabG
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini files missing persons report for Scientology leader's wife http://t.co/0WLBsdzSX0
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMailUS) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini Is Coming For David Miscavige: Former Scientology Leah Remini quoted Newport-smoking philosopher D… http://t.co/Ou9Syrw3VQ
— Dlisted (@itsdlisted) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini and the mystery of the Scientology leader's missing wife http://t.co/fq9z7cfQQJ
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini files missing persons report about the whereabouts of Church of Scientology leader's wife. http://t.co/hSQqe3rPSG
— EntertainmentTonight (@ETonlineAlert) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini Filed A Missing Persons Report On David Miscavige’s Wife? DAMN. http://t.co/drMxemxgxX
— The Superficial (@thesuperficial) August 8, 2013
— UniNews Entertain (@UniNewsEnt) August 8, 2013
— Nicole Bella Remini (@nicoleremini) August 8, 2013
— Wonderwall MSN (@WonderwallMSN) August 8, 2013
Former Scientologist Leah Remini filed a LAPD missing persons report for long unseen wife of leader David Miscavige: http://t.co/iqboyxq1bN
— Starcasm (@starcasm) August 8, 2013
There really is no two ways about it, David Miscavige belongs in prison. #Scientology
— John S. Christen (@TheTock) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini — Reportedly Files Missing Persons Report for Scientology Leader's Wife http://t.co/x6WwnXYua2
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 8, 2013
— Yahoo! (@Yahoo) August 8, 2013
— leagoldman (@leagoldman) August 8, 2013
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 8, 2013
— BI: Entertainment (@tbithewire) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini — Reportedly Files Missing Persons Report for Scientology Leader’s Wife: Report: Leah ReminiFiles … http://t.co/9VllUqSZEu
— Celebrity Gossip (@CelebrityHG) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini files missing persons report for church leader’s wife http://t.co/xnE7ojHFH6
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini deals Scientology new blow http://t.co/GNtQ79HL9L
— MercNews (@mercnews) August 8, 2013
— Social Reader (@wpsocialreader) August 9, 2013
Leah Remini files missing person report for Scientology leader's wife, Shelly Miscavige http://t.co/4FJEdaqmez
— HuffPost Celebrity (@HuffPostCeleb) August 8, 2013
Report: Leah Remini files missing person report on Scientology leader's wife http://t.co/fWmMvizOSI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 8, 2013
Leah Remini Files Missing Persons Report For Scientology Leader's Wife http://t.co/LBjBfvlm0d
— WHO Magazine (@WHOmagazine) August 9, 2013
Leah Remini files police report on Scientology leader's wife http://t.co/qxBYmt0v64
— LAT Entertainment (@LATimesEnt) August 9, 2013
Leah Remini has filed a Missing Person report after leaving the Church of Scientology–who's missing? http://t.co/6I8gRETbbL
— E! Online (@eonline) August 9, 2013
Leah Remini's Scientology Mystery Solved: Missing Person Case for Shelly Miscavige Now Closed, Per LAPD http://t.co/OzHhj0MpTK
— E! News (@ENews) August 9, 2013
Leah Remini files missing person report for Scientology leader's wife http://t.co/zqKJ6eaEhK
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 9, 2013
Hours after Leah Remini filed a missing person report for #Scientology leader’s wife, the LAPD told ABC News, "The case is closed."
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 9, 2013
LAPD Dismisses Leah Remini's Missing Person Report on Wife of Scientology Leader http://t.co/xbvr9pJx3g
— Nightline (@Nightline) August 9, 2013
Leah Remini’s Big Fear: Could Confidential Scientology Files Be Released? http://t.co/fRPU3RilDs
— 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.”
Read Mike Rinder’s comments on THR’s article and
Karin Pouw David Miscavige’s reply here
— Fox411 Editors (@Fox411) August 2, 2013
…Mark “Marty” Rathbun, a former top-tier Scientology official who worked under church leader David Miscavige, left the organization in 2004, claiming Miscavige was ordering abuse and beatings. Rathbun says Scientology is doubtlessly working to mitigate the damage from Remini’s departure.
“(The church) will step up their ‘human rights’ public relations campaign. When I exposed the prison camp operated by their chairman, David Miscavige, they spent millions on events, releases and videos attempting to position themselves as ‘human rights’ advocates,” Rathbun continued. “Since Leah raised the issue of the imprisonment of Miscavige’s own wife, it is likely you will see more Scientology PR on being ‘human rights’ advocates.’”
Where is Shelly Miscavige?
Since it was revealed that Leah Remini was breaking away from the Church of Scientology, her family — and many of us observers — have been anticipating that Scientology will do its thing and go on the warpath.
Now, we have evidence that a massive campaign of Scientology “Fair Game” has begun — aimed not at Remini and her family, but at longtime critics who have in the past couple of weeks seen a huge increase in harassment.
In this video Karen explains how Scientology Inc’s Office of Special Affairs (OSA) applies the Policies for “Fair Gaming” whistleblowers, or anyone with a contrary opinion:
And in this video we can see Mike Rinder being harassed by the Cult:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 31, 2013
This story first appeared in the Aug. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
I didn’t say anything at the time for a number of reasons. I am in Europe and have been working here for the last year and a half, and, disregarding a few friendly e-mails and a couple of tweets, Leah and I haven’t spoken in quite a while. What I knew about Leah is that she was one of two Scientologists who had refused to “disconnect” from me and certainly the only high-profile one when I decided to quit the organization in August 2009. I also thought any comment would be premature and self-serving.
Leah and I were always friendly but never close friends. Despite this, she called me as soon as she heard about my letter of resignation. Unlike the rest of my former friends, she expressed real sadness that I was leaving and concern for me and my family. A few months later, we ran into each other at a school fair. I kept my distance for fear of putting her in an awkward position, but Leah had no such fear. She walked up, asked me why I was being weird and told me she would always be my friend and would never “disconnect” from me. Then she dragged me over and introduced me to her family. Soon after that, I moved to New York, and our paths just didn’t cross, but I was deeply touched by her gesture and genuine concern.
So all I could have said at the time was that, whether it was true Leah had resigned, she had always been a class act and a lovely human being — but that wasn’t news. Millions of people know that; her character shines through everything she does.
In the last few days, I read some things that really disturbed me. First was the way Leah was being attacked by her celebrity “friends,” who were disparaging her character. [Editor’s note: After actress Kirstie Alley tweeted “the sweetest poison is often served with a smile,” it was widely interpreted as referring to Remini. Alley vigorously has denied that and says she does not criticize anyone’s religious beliefs.] Having witnessed Scientology’s smear tactics, I can imagine how this was being orchestrated, but I was still shocked to see how quickly those friends — some of whom had known Leah for 20 or 30 years — jumped on the “malign Leah” campaign, and with such apparent glee. I assumed Scientology’s next step would be to try and plant disparaging stories about her with less-informed journalists and bloggers. And if others who have made noisy exits from the church are to be believed, Scientology would also use their Office of Special Affairs employees to attack Leah indirectly, posting negative comments about her shows and career and abilities under myriad false names, pretending to be disappointed fans or whatever. None of that is new.
What was new to me was the report that Leah had run afoul of the church by challenging Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige, who is held to be infallible. When I was leaving and was visited by waves of angry friends and a phalange of top Scientology executives, trying to convince me to tear up my letter and resign quietly, I made a similar mistake by insisting they look into the charges of abuse detailed by the Tampa Bay Times. I was working on a film about Martin Luther King Jr. at that moment and made the polite suggestion that even great leaders like Dr. King were human and fallible. Two of the senior church leaders leapt to their feet and shouted at me, “How dare you compare a great man like David Miscavige to Martin Luther King!” I ended the meeting at that point, thanking them for coming.
According to what I read on Tony Ortega’s blog, at the 2006 wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Leah asked questions about her longtime friend Shelly, David Miscavige’s wife, who had suddenly disappeared. [Editor’s note: An attorney for Shelly Miscavige told Us Weekly in 2012: “She is not missing. Any reports that she is missing are false. Mrs. Miscavige has been working nonstop in the church, as she always has.”] Unlike her pious friends, Leah refused to accept the easy excuses that were offered. She kept asking questions.
The next thing I learned made me feel terrible. Leah got in trouble because of me, because when I was “declared” a “Suppressive Person” and shunned, she came to my defense — without me ever knowing it. She had shouting matches with Tommy Davis, then the church spokesman, who had come to try and keep her quiet. The fact that she fought within the system so resolutely for so long, never making her feelings public, is a testament to how much she believed in the basic goodness of her friends and the institution. Finally, according to what I read, she was turned in by a celebrity friend who had noticed one of our few innocuous tweets.
I can’t express how much I admire Leah. Her parents, family and close friends were almost all Scientologists; the stakes for her were so much higher than for me. Her decision to leave was so much braver.
Having been consumed with my movie, I only learned much of what I have written here in the last few days. I also have to confess to not paying that much attention to news about Scientology. In this case, I should have. I finally called Leah during the last week of July. Her answering service didn’t recognize my number, so it took a while to get through. It was good to hear her voice and great to hear her laugh — though it was easy to tell she had been terribly hurt and shaken by the events of the last weeks. That said, Leah is an incredibly strong woman and will get through this with the help of her family and her true friends. She is kind and generous and loyal; she has always cared more about others than herself. She barely knew me, and yet she fought for me and my family, a battle she had to know in her gut she was never going to win. That takes an enormous amount of integrity and compassion. I will leave it to you to decide if the same can be said of Scientology’s executives and Leah’s many former friends — especially those Scientologists who are watching her be smeared now and are choosing to stay silent.
I will forever be grateful to her.
Leah Remini sounds off on Scientology, says, "No one is going to tell me how I need to think." http://t.co/roYdmz9qLX
— People magazine (@peoplemag) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini may have split from Scientology earlier this month, but she’s not suddenly on her own.
Remini, who tangled with the church, added, “I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that’s what I’m about. It wouldn’t matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.”
Leah Remini speaks out about her recent decision to leave Scientology http://t.co/12MsAGMuT6
— HuffPost Celebrity (@HuffPostCeleb) July 29, 2013
— YOU Magazine (@YouMagazine) July 29, 2013
— RadarOnline.com (@radar_online) July 29, 2013
— Wonderwall MSN (@WonderwallMSN) July 29, 2013
— MSN (@MSN) July 29, 2013
We spoke to Leah Remini at her first public event since she left Scientology: http://t.co/2zyHl8Sx03
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini speaks out after leaving Church of Scientology: ‘I’m not about to shut up’ http://t.co/8gSVmBI5bB
— Page Six (@PageSix) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini Speaks Out After Leaving Church of Scientology: "I'm Not About to Shut Up" http://t.co/N8INlviyXM
— E! Online (@eonline) July 29, 2013
— Yahoo! omg! (@YahooOmg) July 29, 2013
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini Speaks Out About Her Split From Scientology http://t.co/lHGHlqE61j
— Hollywood.com (@Hollywood_com) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini on leaving Scientology: "I'm not about to shut up." http://t.co/g7wgZxfxPQ
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini gets bold on leaving Scientology: 'Nobody needs to tell me what to think or who I can talk to': http://t.co/CyyffykPRo
— EntertainmentTonight (@ETonlineAlert) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini on leaving Scientology: "I'm not about to shut up" http://t.co/QPcxn7uzpB
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini on leaving Scientology: I "took a stance" with my family http://t.co/D2iuDRhPlW
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini gives reason for leaving Scientology. http://t.co/zb3kZPA167
— CBS Entertainment (@CBSShowbiz) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini breaks silence after leaving Scientology: 'I'm not about to shut up' http://t.co/n6QuWuGatw
— New York Post (@nypost) July 29, 2013
ICYMI Leah Remini breaks silence after leaving Scientology: 'No one is going to tell me how I need to think' http://t.co/TWgbSYwDpd
— New York Post (@nypost) July 29, 2013
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 29, 2013
Leah Remini talks leaving Scientology: "I'm not about to shut up" http://t.co/12MsAGMuT6
— HuffPost Celebrity (@HuffPostCeleb) July 30, 2013
Leah Remini on leaving Scientology: "No one is going to tell me how I need to think" http://t.co/QPcxn7uzpB
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) July 30, 2013
“We are disheartened that a small group of rumor peddlers and gossips are being given another opportunity by the media to hurl malicious, made-up stories. Unlike the self-promoters behind this orchestrated campaign, the Church respects the religious beliefs of others and the privacy of parishioners. Numerous myths, gossip, rumors and falsehoods regurgitated over the last few days have their origins with a small collection of obsessive fringe bloggers exploiting others to promote self-serving hateful agendas.
Scientology is a new religion enjoying explosive growth. In recent years we have opened 37 new Churches in major metropolitan areas and cultural centers in a dozen nations. This year will see many more milestones in the months to come. Mr. Miscavige is a visionary who has brought our Church through the most difficult time of any religion—the passing of its founder—to a Church dedicated and committed to parishioners and the achievement of its religious, social and humanitarian missions on a global scale.
Our Churches are open seven days a week and many have public display areas to answer questions about the Church. Many of those questions can also be answered at our website, http://www%5Bdot%5DScientology.org
As for your specific questions, they are insulting and offensive. Mrs. Miscavige continues her work in the Church as she always has. The stale rumor being circulated by unreliable bloggers about her was answered definitively by her counsel a year ago and published in Us Magazine and The Telegraph in the UK, as you can see here: http://www%5Bdot%5Dusmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/5-things-you-dont-know-about-scientology-leader-david-miscavige-201257, and here: http://www%5Bdot%5Dtelegraph.co.uk/news/9441711/Mrs-Shelly-Miscavige.html
We do not expect you to take this matter up as it is truly out of line.
As for Ms. Remini, we have previously supplied our comment: The Church respects the privacy of parishioners. We do not believe an individual’s private spiritual matters should be exploited for personal gain by a handful of self-promoters who surface to spout the same tired tabloid myths.”