Leah Remini claims in a new Instagram post that survivors of the controversial Scientology religion have been “stalked” by current members of the organization after their appearances on the A&E show she hosts with Mike Rinder, Scientology and the Aftermath. This information came on the heels of a post where the actress thanked those who honored her and Rinder with an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Informational Series or Special for the 2019 awards.
Leah said in a lengthy social media statement that she was thankful to the television academy for recognizing the series, and claimed that the contributors to the series, as well as others who work on the A&E show, get “harassed, stalked and slandered every day for speaking and giving a platform to Scientology’s survivors.”
The former King of Queens star noted that she is happy to be able to continue to shed light on what she feels are the wrongs that occur within Scientology, as well as to give a voice to those who have defected.
It has been claimed by numerous defectors on Scientology and the Aftermath that members who leave the controversial religious organization are unable to remain in relationships with their family members and friends, a process called disconnection.
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Thank you so much to the Television Academy for this honor, and for once again continuing to recognize our program. Thank you to @aetv, our amazing crew and producers. As a result of making this program, our contributors and all involved get harassed, stalked and slandered everyday for speaking & giving a platform to Scientology's survivors. We are grateful to be given the opportunity to share a project with the world that gives a voice to the victims of this abusive cult. Thank you for this recognition and for your support and most importantly, this is for those who have bravely spoken out and continue to do so way after the cameras cut despite being attacked by Scientology for doing so. #Emmys2019 #scientologytheaftermath
Remini was applauded by several of her high-profile celebrity friends for her Emmy nod in the comments section of the post, including best pal Jennifer Lopez, actress Holly Robinson Peete, former Dancing with the Stars professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, party planner Mindy Weiss and RuPaul Drag Race star Michelle Visage.
Remini and Rinder were also honored this year with the Impact Award at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards.
The actress was brought into the Church of Scientology via her mother, Vicki Marshall, who was trying to find a purpose in her life after a tough divorce from Remini’s father when the actress was just 7-years-old. The family moved from Brooklyn, New York to Florida where Remini was further indoctrinated into Scientology as a member of its prestigious Sea Org at the main headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.
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I’m honored and grateful to be the first recipient of the @CriticsChoice Real TV Awards “Impact Award” for #ScientologyTheAftermath. Thank you to the Broadcast Television Journalists Association; Joey Berlin, the President of the Broadcast Film Critics Association; and, as always, @RinderMike and the team at @AETV. And a special thank you to our brave contributors, who this award truly belongs to. Airing June 9 on @vh1. #CriticsChoice
Members of the Sea Org are reportedly provided room and board for their work. They must “sign a billion-year contract,” claimed Remini in an interview with ABC News. The actress left traditional school in eighth grade and immersed herself in the study of Scientology.
The former King of Queens star publicly severed ties with the church in 2013. She remains an outspoken critic of the organization and continues her investigation, along with Rinder, into the alleged abuses of its members.
Scientology and the Aftermath airs on A&E. Remini and Rinder are reportedly working on a new season..