Leah Remini Responds to Scientology Church, Files Anti-SLAAP Motion

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Leah Remini, a former Church of Scientology member who is suing the church for defamation, says in new court papers that church member Tom Cruise holds special standing with the faith’s leader, David Miscavige.

“Cruise, David Miscavige’s best friend, is essentially second in command in Scientology, the actress says in a sworn declaration filed Friday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph M. Hammock. “It is a high crime in Scientology to criticize him in any way.”

Remini says she and her husband attended the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes wedding in Italy and that she wondered why Shelly Miscavige, the church leader’s wife, was not present.

“When I asked a group of Scientology executives and Tom Cruise’s personal handlers … `Where is Shelly?,’ I was immediately admonished by the group, despite the fact that Ms. Miscavige and I were good friends,” Remini further says.

Two years earlier, Miscavige told an audience of Scientologists at a gala in England that Cruise was “the most dedicated Scientologist I know,” according to Remini, who adds that the Cruise-Holmes wedding was billed within Scientology as “the wedding of the century.”

The actress’ 32-page declaration was filed as part of her opposition to the church’s motion for an anti-SLAAP suit that represents the faith’s defense of the majority of claims in Remini’s amended civil harassment/defamation complaint. Remini maintains that intimidation of her increased after she first sued the church this summer.

Content retrieved from: https://mynewsla.com/life/2023/12/02/leah-remini-responds-to-scientology-church-files-anti-slaap-motion/.

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