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Leah Remini accuses former Scientologists of sabotaging an episode of ‘Aftermath’

Leah Remini has accused two former members of the Church of Scientology of sabotaging an episode of her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, linking to their Twitter accounts, calling them “Scientology Operatives” and encouraging them to “get help.”



She also linked to a YouTube video posted earlier in the evening by ‘Aftermath’ guest Aaron Smith-Levin, who accused the two former church members of not only sabotaging the episode (which didn’t air), but also of filing a criminal complaint against him with the Clearwater Police Department.

We became aware of the criminal complaint last week while we were on a family vacation in Mexico. We managed to get one of the two former church members, Morgan Bradham, on the phone from our hotel there, but when we asked him if it was true, as Leah alleged, that he was working with the church to sabotage her show and the Aftermath Foundation, Bradham denied it.

At that point, we were only able to report that the episode had been pulled when, in September, Bradham threatened to kill himself if the network aired the episode, which featured him talking about his experiences in Scientology.

Smith-Levin has much more on the story, and about the bogus attempt to get him criminally charged for, Bradham alleged, conspiring to hack the Church of Scientology’s computer network.


It’s a wild tale and shows the lengths that Scientology will go to try and harm Remini’s show and the Aftermath Foundation, which works to help Scientologists leaving the organization.

ADDED: Bob Peterson pointed out that there’s a fun short video with Sheryle Festa calling Mark Bunker “ignorant” at an LMT picket of Scientology back in the day. Festa is the OT 8 Smith-Levin refers to in his video, whose grandson is one of the people involved in the criminal complaint against him.




We have some news for you about how our plans for this year’s HowdyCon have changed a bit. First, to review: We had decided that because this year we’ll be in Los Angeles, we would coordinate with Janis Gillham Grady, who has an annual reunion barbecue and this year is dedicating her event to former Scientology ED Int Bill Franks, who died in December.

We were hoping to hold that barbecue at a former Scientology mission building in Riverside, but the sheer distance between Los Angeles and Riverside and the lack of public transportation in Southern California made our original plans problematic.

So, we’re still planning on holding events in LA on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21, but Janis is now looking for a new location for Saturday’s combined event in Burbank. She also says she will soon have hotel information for those coming in from out of town.


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Atack: What David Mayo told me about L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and the upper levels
[TWO years ago] Disconnecting from the dead: Another employer accused of forcing Scientology taken to court
[THREE years ago] DOX: A former L. Ron Hubbard business partner dishes on Scientology to the feds
[FOUR years ago] HBO moves back ‘Going Clear’ to March 29 and TV’s most coveted spot: Sunday night
[FIVE years ago] WATCH: The 10-minute video of Scientology stalking Monique Rathbun in 2010
[SIX years ago] SUPER POWER UPDATE: Scientology Has Even More Excuses Not to Open Its Boondoggle
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: There’s a Chill Down Under!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,365 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,496 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,998 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,478 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 541 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 429 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,736 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,604 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,378 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,152 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,498 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,064 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 6,984 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,151 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,732 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,992 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,032 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,744 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,270 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,359 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,499 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,819 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,675 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,794 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,150 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,452 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,558 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,961 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,832 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,415 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,910 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,164 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,273 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 19, 2019 at 03:15

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