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Leah Remini mourns the estranged father who denounced her on behalf of Scientology

[From the photo Leah posted to Instagram last night]

Last night on Instagram, Leah Remini revealed that she had received the news that George Remini, her biological father, had died in August and there had been a funeral and she was only now finding out.

If you have been following her saga and her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, and our coverage here, you know why Leah didn’t hear a thing about her father being sick.

After the first season of Aftermath concluded and was a huge surprise hit for the network, A&E put on a special two-hour episode to tide viewers over until it could put on a second season. That special aired on May 29, 2017. But in the hours before it appeared, a strange 18-minute video was posted to the Internet by the Church of Scientology that stunned us with its cruelty.

Scientology had convinced George Remini, 69, to denounce his own daughter.

The video was shot in an amateur style, and from an odd angle, like the person shooting it was surprised that they’d been able to get George’s permission to talk. He and his much younger wife, Dana Connaughton, 36, sat at their dining table as George talked about how rude and inconsiderate his famous daughter had been to him over the years.



What had convinced him to talk to Scientology? We assume there was money involved, and that became pretty obvious as he continued to make additional videos for the church’s use. But also he apparently had been unaware that two years earlier, in 2015, Leah had come out with her memoir Troublemaker and had said something revealing about him.

“My dad sold cocaine (and committed various other crimes), and then served time at Rikers Island,” she wrote about George without naming him as she tried to lay out all of the things about her and her family that Scientology might try to use against her in the church’s well-known habit of retaliating against defectors and journalists with smear campaigns.

He wasn’t happy about that, and it appears that it was Scientology’s operatives who had made him aware that he’d been mentioned in the book. The video posted by Scientology also contained a screenshot of an email that George’s former wife and Leah’s former stepmother, Donna Fiore, had written angrily chiding Leah ten days after the death of her half-sister, Stephanie.

Fiore told us she had no idea how Scientology had obtained the email, but she dismissed it as a typical family emotional outburst and nothing more. Fiore herself was hounded by Scientology to do her own video, she told us, but she refused.

The videos featuring George Remini had no effect on A&E’s airing of Leah’s show. It didn’t keep Leah from winning an Emmy for that first season of shows. And it was only one of numerous videos that Scientology posted of former friends or family members denouncing Leah, her co-star Mike Rinder, or other people who appeared on the series.

It was, in other words, entirely typical for the cruelty of the church, which continues to follow strategies written down by its founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s and 1960s about how to attack its perceived enemies.

Last night, Leah and her sister Nicole revealed that they had been told on Friday about the death of their father. What Leah posted on Instagram was pure class…

On Friday, I received a message from my sister Nicole, who had been contacted by a stranger passing on his condolences for the passing of our father, George Anthony Remini. We had no idea that he had died a month ago.

We weren’t aware that he had been sick leading up to his death. A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it. We were not able to say goodbye. He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn’t help but love him. If you read my book, you’ll know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter’s painfully endless love and hope. Regardless of his neglect and abuse, I had hoped to one day have some closure. I hoped for him to acknowledge who he had been and what he had done to us as his children. That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet, I can’t help but grieve. I am angry at myself for crying for someone who didn’t ever cry for me. I am angry that I still wanted this man’s love.

I’m angry that the last chapter in our relationship was dictated by Scientology. Scientology took my dad in as a pawn against me and likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart that might have been left in him. I’m angry that Scientology found his personal weak spots and got him on board not with their beliefs but with their smear campaign against me. That was his last presence in my life. Knowing my father, after taking the offer from Scientology to betray me, he wouldn’t have thought that he could ever come back from that in our relationship. If he thought that, though, he would have been wrong. I would have forgiven him as I always did. The little girls inside of my sisters and me will never forgive Scientology for taking away our last chance to have the one thing we always wanted from our father… And that was for him to say “I’m sorry and I loved you.”

It’s too late for George Remini to apologize. But some day, the private investigator or former-journalist-for-hire who made that video will be exposed, likely in a government action or in a lawsuit.

We ask them, why not come forward now, when you can prove your own humanity and reveal what you know about this cold-blooded operation before you are forced to in a court of law?

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“And by the way, anybody who had sexual relationships with a little boy ought to be killed! The idea! Horrible! Why that’s the most disgusting thought he’s ever heard. What? Sexual relationships with a little boy? Oh, no. Except in the DED you find him taking a little boy and driving the little boy up to sexual enthusiasm, up, up, up, up, up and the little boy just can’t give any more, and so forth, and on the last jolt of demand on the part of the thetan, the little boy who actually did have a thetan in him anyhow, goes PANG. And it goes straight down to 0.0. BzzzUm. And that’s why being a body is death of a body, is thetan into the body. That’s 0.0. Death of the body is being the body. And you’ll find him having his most enjoyable times thereafter as a little boy. He, he’s doing a super life continuum for this little boy. And this little boy bit the dust and was chewed up and spat out maybe 70, 60, 30 trillion years ago.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 23, 1952


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“I found studying remote viewing and the data they discover really helps me to understand hubbards philosophy, you really understand that time and the physical universe are not what it seems.”


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

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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!

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



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,576 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,705 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,209 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,729 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 749 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 640 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,947 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,815 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,589 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,363 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,709 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,275 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,194 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,362 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,943 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,204 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,243 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,955 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,481 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,007 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,570 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,710 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,030 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,886 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,005 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,360 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,663 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,769 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,171 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,043 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,626 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,121 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,375 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,484 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 23, 2019 at 07:00

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