Church of Scientology International response to ABC inquiry #1 The publication of Ms. Remini’s book is a thinly veiled effort to gin up publicity to boost an otherwise sagging career.
October 26, 2015
Mr. John Bentley
Re: ABC News-20/20 Inquiry #1
Dear Mr. Bentley:
The publication of Ms. Remini’s book is a thinly veiled effort to gin up publicity to boost an otherwise sagging career. It also is her latest effort to harass the Church leader and his wife that culminated in her dishonest “missing person” report filed in 2013 with the Los Angeles Police Department that was declared “unfounded” and closed within hours. When a person makes disingenuous reports to law enforcement, they simply cannot be trusted.
Ms. Remini needs to move on with her life and quit wallowing in self-pity. In 2014, she declared “I don't want to be known as this bitter ex-Scientologist,” which is exactly what she has become. Now she is exploiting it for attention and profit.
The problem is that Ms. Remini is bitter no matter what she does. She has a habit of blaming anyone and everyone for her problems and is constantly picking fights. When she was publicly fired from The Talk in 2011, we tried to pick her up off the floor but she continued to treat everyone around her in a degrading manner. Her behavior was intolerable.
While we have not seen her book, the portions that you have shared with the Church are the typical regurgitation of the same tired myths the Church has repeatedly debunked. They are circulated by the same tiny clique of expelled former staffers bitter at having lost their positions when their malfeasance was exposed and whom she now has partnered with. They are deadbeats, admitted liars, self-admitted perjurers, wife beaters and worse.
Ms. Remini knows the truth she conveniently rewrites in her book—she desperately tried to remain a Scientologist in 2013 knowing full well she was on the verge of being expelled for refusing to abide by the high level of ethics and decency Scientologists are expected to maintain. Her repeated ethical lapses and callous treatment of others led to an ecclesiastical review which subsequently expelled her from the Church.
Now she is making up stories about the Church and prominent names to sell a book, underscoring the same crass, unethical and unprofessional behavior the Church finds intolerable.
Scientology is the only major religion to be founded in the 20th century and emerge as a major religion in the 21st century. The Church has grown more in the past decade than in its first 50 years combined under the ecclesiastical leadership of Mr. Miscavige, a visionary who parishioners and Church staff hold in the highest regard for carrying out the legacy of Scientology’s Founder through the renaissance the religion is now experiencing. Mr. Miscavige works tirelessly for the parishioners and their benefit and to aid millions through sponsorship and participation in global humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs. For the real story of the Church of Scientology, what it does, its beliefs and practices, go to the Church itself by visiting www.scientology.org.
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