My Tom Cruise audition http://t.co/Gi3Sfm3Vn9
— Anette Iren (@AnetteIren) August 26, 2013
Today the news broke in the magazine Woman’s Day in Australia about my 2005 audition to be Tom Cruise’s next wife.
The story was picked up online by Tony Ortega, read his post here.
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
SHELLY SPEAKS: Scientology Leader’s Banished Wife Says She’ll Get Out “Only One Way”
One of the most intriguing mysteries of the Church of Scientology is the disappearance of Shelly Miscavige, wife of the church’s leader, David Miscavige. A frequent refrain heard from critics of the church is “Where’s Shelly?” — and that question is also central to the recent defection of Leah Remini, who began to break away from the church when she didn’t get a satisfactory answer.
For daring to write up the leader of the church, Remini was ordered to go to “Flag,” the spiritual headquarters of Scientology in Clearwater, Florida. Thinking she was going to advance her case on the “Bridge,” instead she was subjected to three months of sec-checking — a brutal form of interrogation — and “The Truth Rundown,” an Orwellian practice of thought reform. As a result, she was convinced to rescind her reports about the wedding.
Orwellian Thought Reform program for anyone who dares to think for themselves and ask questions about David Miscavige, the Supreme Ruler for life of the
Church Cult of Scientology Inc.
Mao Miscavige, This inconvenient truth about your wife is not going to go away.
Mike Rinder weighed in tonight with more excellent analysis of the Shelly Miscavige tragedy. He explains in laymans terms the mind f*cking that goes on in the Cult of Scientology.
It is highly unlikely after this amount of time that even if someone could talk to her that she would say she wants to leave. Typical for this situation, she has been indoctrinated since early childhood to believe that whatever circumstances she finds herself in are HER DOING. That she is responsible for being sent away to live in purgatory for years, and that only when SHE has resolved HER own transgressions will all be well. And of course, part of that in her mind is convincing herself she no longer wants to leave — it is the first step “I must be getting my overts off as I no longer want to leave.”
I have heard a lot of the same things Ortega reports. The drama surrounding Leah has been ongoing for some time, and in what has become typical Miscavige, he has now turned her into an avowed enemy of his squirreling and heavy-handed efforts to force her into line, including attempts to control her by working over her immediate family.
I have known Leah for many years. She is one of the most down-to-earth, honest and truly caring celebrities I came across in Scientology. Funny, endearing and abrasive all at once, she does not sit quietly when she knows something is wrong. And she is unwilling to keep her mouth shut when she knows injustices are being perpetrated on those who have no voice to speak for themselves. She is acutely aware that if things are a bit “off” in how she is being “handled” then it is probably WAY worse for those who are not accorded “VIP treatment.”
— Tony Ortega (@TonyOrtega94) July 8, 2013
On Friday, we reported that we’d received a tip King of Queens actress Leah Remini had left the Church of Scientology in an angry fit. We asked our tipsters for more information, and we got it.
Over the weekend, we were contacted by several sources with detailed inside knowledge who tell us Remini is breaking away because of the way leader David Miscavige is treating church members, Sea Org workers, and Scientology itself.
According to our sources, Remini has been distancing herself from what she refers to as the church’s “corrupt management” for a few years. And it started with a dramatic scene.
Scientology Book Excerpt: 'The Church Had John Travolta Trapped' j.mp/UWvYuK—
Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 09, 2013
A taste of what's to come. hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-scien…—
Lawrence Wright (@lawrence_wright) January 09, 2013
For how Scientology Inc.’s obsession with celebrities turned its greatest Public Relations assets into liabilities, see excerpts from Lawrence Wright’s book concerning the courting of Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Is there something about Scientology that would lead to this inevitability, or is this simply a Miscavige Scientology Inc. deal?
While the Miscavige/Cruise business is in a league of its own in terms of excess and obsession, is the inhumanity exhibited by Scientology Inc. pre-Miscavige (as most of the cruelty reported in the Travolta sections are) any more tolerable in a civilized society?