Judge guts Leah Remini’s harassment lawsuit against Church of Scientology

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LOS ANGELES (CN) — Leah Remini’s lawsuit against the Church of Scientology for defamation and harassment will survive, though only just, after an LA Superior Court judge struck down the majority of the actress’ complaint on Tuesday.

Church of Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw called the ruling “a resounding victory for the Church and free speech,” adding in an email, “the Church is entitled to its attorney fees and will be seeking them.”

Remini, who gained fame as a co-star on the sitcom “King of Queens,” was a member of the Church of Scientology for more than 35 years, starting at the age of eight. She estimates to have spent more than $5 million on classes, services and donations to the organization. When she broke with Scientology in 2013, she soon became one of the church’s most vocal critics, largely through a memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” and a TV docuseries, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

The church responded to Remini in kind, producing a slew of videos and articles attacking her as a racist and bigot, suggesting that she had inspired hate crimes against Scientologists. The headline of one article read, “As the World Remembers the Holocaust, Bigot Leah Remini Inspires Praise of Hitler.”

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