Scientology officials have issued a scathing statement on Leah Remini regarding her split from the controversial religion and attempts to open a missing persons case for Shelly Miscavige, who hasn't been seen publicly for several years.
After decades of fealty, Remini left the religion earlier this year and has very publicly condemned the church's practices. Particularly, the King of Queens actress is obsessed with Shelly Miscavige, the wife of church head David Miscavige, who hasn't been seen in public since 2006.
The church says that Shelly is merely working behind-the-scenes for the church, but Remini suspects something far more sinister, and opened up a missing persons investigation with the Los Angeles Police Department this week. The case was quickly closed.
In response to Remini's public moves against the faith, the Church of Scientology issued a harsh statement against her and screenwriter Paul Haggis who wrote an open letter in support of the 43-year-old actress.
"Creating this unnecessary burden for law enforcement was even more irresponsible given the entire episode was nothing more than a publicity stunt for Ms. Remini, cooked up with unemployed, anti-religious zealots, such as Tony Ortega, who blog on the fringe of the Internet," the church said.
"Sadly, rather than move on with her life and career, Ms. Remini has aligned herself with a handful of untrustworthy, lunatic tabloid sources who obsessively harass the Church to advance their selfish agendas."
In a separate statement, the church criticized Haggis as "a status-obsessed screenwriter" who is "desperately craving attention."
In what amounts to a surprise to no one, Scientology is not very good at taking criticism.