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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Tech: Leah Remini hopes her Scientology show will prompt an FBI 'raid' investigating the religion's 'abusive practices'

Leah Remini.

In the season season of "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," Remini plans take a more "activist" role in exposing the alleged abuses of Scientology.

Last year, Leah Remini's A&E docuseries "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" shed light on the troubling plight of ex-Scientologists like herself.

The show's first season has since earned an Emmy nomination.

For the series' upcoming second season, Remini told The Hollywood Reporter that she plans to take a more "activist" role in a fight to expose what she calls the "abusive practices of Scientology," including "sexual abuse and physical abuse."

In doing so, she hopes to provide enough evidence of wrongdoing to prompt a federal investigation into the religion.

"I'm talking about the FBI, the police, the Department of Justice, the IRS," Remini said. "If the FBI ever wanted to get anywhere, all they would need to do is do a raid. Everybody who's ever gone to Scientology has folders, and anything you've ever said is contained in those folders."

Remini went on to explain to the outlet the various forms of alleged abuse are "foundational" to "Dianetics," the 1950 book by L. Ron Hubbard that established the religion's core principles.

She says the religion believes that "a 7-year-old girl should not shudder at being passionately kissed," and that the parents of a molested child are not allowed to go to the police. According to Remini, the victims of molestation are punished and forced to "do some kind of amends" for abuse perpetrated on them.

The second season of "Scientology and the Aftermath" — which Remini stars in and executive produces — begins August 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

Read the full profile over at The Hollywood Reporter.



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