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Leah Remini is still being stalked, and now Scientology has turned to an ex-NYPD detective

In December, a retired NYPD detective was sitting in a silver minivan with Texas plates when our source, who we’re not going to name, got into a conversation with him.

The detective was parked outside a movie set in Brooklyn, working as a private investigator, and our source asked him what his assignment was.

Following Leah Remini, he said. He told our source that he was working for the Church of Scientology, and his assignment was to watch Remini for twelve hours a day, Monday to Friday, for two weeks.

The movie being filmed at the set was “Second Act,” which also stars Remini’s close friend Jennifer Lopez and is scheduled to be released this fall.


He related to our source that earlier, when the set had been located in Manhattan’s Soho, he had almost got into an accident following Remini on a wild drive on a highway.

We confirmed that with Remini’s driver, who tells us that two cars, one of them a silver minivan with Texas plates, began following them one late night after the filming at the Soho set had finished.

The driver made a quick turn onto a highway offramp, and when he did, the two cars following missed the turn and tried to back up — a very dangerous move on the busy road.

It was very risky, the driver told us, adding how shocked he was that someone would put lives in danger to follow around an actress.

We called up the retired detective to ask him about that incident, and to ask him why he was following Leah Remini.

“I don’t know who that is,” he told us, and said he wasn’t the person we were looking for.

We asked him if he really wanted us to believe that a retired New York police detective had never heard of Leah Remini and The King of Queens.

“I never watched the show because I was working,” he said. “I’m a guy who’s always working.”

He also denied that he’d ever worked for the Church of Scientology.

During the filming of Leah’s first season of Scientology and the Aftermath, her crew caught Daril Cinquanta, a well known former Denver policeman, following Leah. When we called Cinquanta to ask him why he was tailing her, he quipped, “Does she want an autograph?”

No doubt, the money for tailing Leah is pretty good. In 2013, when two private investigators were detained by police in Wisconsin while they were stalking Scientology leader David Miscavige’s own father, Ron Miscavige, they revealed that they were being paid $10,000 a week, in cash, by the church.

Scientology never changes. It will continue to spend tax-free money it gets from its members on campaigns to follow and harass former members and journalists — even if it means putting people at risk.

In another sign that Scientology is amping up its “noisy investigations” in reaction to the news that a third season of Aftermath is coming, yesterday Angelo Pagan’s son from a previous marriage was accosted by a person claiming to be a reporter, who asked if he had been mistreated by Leah, his stepmother.

We could find no evidence of publications by the supposed reporter, who gave her name as Valerie Morgan on a very generic-looking business card. We sent her an email, asking if she was working for Freedom magazine or some other publication, and we’ll let you know if she gets back to us.

Meanwhile, other Aftermath participants continue to find themselves in the crosshairs. Online attacks on Remini’s co-star, Mike Rinder, happen pretty continuously, but a new accusatory video featuring his estranged daughter Taryn was more visible than previous efforts. And we can also report that your proprietor has experienced an increase in online harassment in the last two months, aimed at his wife and her family.

So while David Miscavige tries to burnish Scientology’s image at his new television network, we can confirm that the church is still following its old playbook, and has sent out the usual goons in force.


SMERSH Madness 2018

Today we’re continuing the third round of our big dance featuring the people we think are working hardest to defend Scientology against its enemies. These are not only Scientologists, but also the people who enable the church as it works against its foes. Which of them do you think deserves the most recognition for Keeping Scientology Working, spreading disconnection, and litigating former Scientologists into the ground?

Our match today features our #3 seed, actor John Travolta, who defeated spokeswoman Karin Pouw in the second round. One of the most well known icons of Scientology, he was lured into the church while he was acting in his first movie, 1975’s The Devil’s Rain. In recent years, he’s fended off questions about Scientology’s bad press by saying he doesn’t pay attention to it. Probably the number one question we get asked about Travolta is whether he’s really a true believer or just afraid to leave the church and face its wrath with leaks about his sex life. According to our best celebrity source, “The blackmail thing? No. That’s not what keeps him in. Nobody cares. If he was open about his sex life, no one, even in Hollywood, would care. Blackmail would only make him resentful, and he’s not resentful. He’s just convinced that every success he’s had comes from Scientology, and it’s the positive things he believes he’s gotten from it that keep him from believing any criticism of it.”

Travolta is taking on our #11 seed and former top Scientology official Mark “Marty” Rathbun, who has certainly been earning his stripes lately as Scientology’s go-to attack dog. (Rathbun defeated Danny Masterson in the first round and Trish Duggan in the second.) It’s a pretty stunning turn of events for people who were watching Rathbun’s gradual trajectory from Miscavige enforcer (1980s to 2004) to reclusive defector (2004-2008) to Indie champion (2009-2012) to anti-church litigant (2013-2015) and then back to Miscavige defender (2016- ). In his professionally-prepared attack videos, he’s taken a shotgun approach with blasts at everyone from Lawrence Wright to Paul Haggis to Leah Remini. But it’s his vicious swipes at Mike Rinder, formerly such a good and supportive friend, that really strike us as ugly in the extreme. It’s a pretty bewildering U-turn for a man who once said, “Just so everybody knows, as Miscavige just won’t seem to get it through his head, I will never fold to any pressure no matter how intense, and I am not for sale – at any price.”


[John Travolta and Marty Rathbun]

Who deserves to move on as champions of Scientology? Who has done more to perpetuate the church’s reputation in this time of crisis? Cast your votes!


Yesterday’s winner: Monique Yingling bested Kendrick Moxon!


Make your plans now!

Head over to our HowdyCon 2018 website to start making your travel plans!



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,065 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,668 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 211 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,274 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,048 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,822 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,168 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,662 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,702 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,414 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 940 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,029 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,169 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,489 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,464 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 820 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,122 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,228 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,631 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,503 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,085 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,590 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,834 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,943 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 26, 2018 at 07:00

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