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Leah Remini was following Danny Masterson’s rape trial very carefully because she has a lot at stake when it comes to the Church of Scientology. After leaving the religion in 2013 and speaking out against its alleged misdeeds, the 53-year-old actress bravely spoke up about Masterson’s 30-year prison sentence for two counts of rape.
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“Over the past seven decades, former Scientologists have sadly become used to Scientology using its financial resources, religious protection, and relationships to snatch justice away from them,” she wrote in a social media statement. “For over two decades, Danny Masterson avoided accountability for his crimes. While Danny was the only one sentenced, his conviction and sentence are indictments against Scientology, its operatives, and its criminal leader, David Miscavige.”
My statement on the sentencing of Scientologist Danny Masterson:
"Sitting in court today with the women who survived Danny Masterson's predation was a surreal experience. Over the past seven decades, former Scientologists have sadly become used to Scientology using its…
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) September 7, 2023
While she is “relieved” that this was a positive outcome for Masterson’s survivors, she also made sure that her claims about the Church of Scientology were heard by her followers as she described the group as “a multi-billion-dollar criminal organization with tax-exempt status.” Remini wasn’t done, though, because she alleged that they had a major involvement in the case after Masterson was accused. “Scientology managed to cover up Danny’s crimes with the help of its intelligence agency, the Office of Special Affairs, top “church” officials like Kirsten Caetano Pedersen and Julian Swartz, its network of media-hungry unethical attorneys, private investigators, agents, and civilian Scientologists who engaged in a conspiracy to cover up crimes of sexual violence,” she added.
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Remini has been dogged in her fight against the church, but it has come at a price. She filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology in early August which claimed she has been “stalked, surveilled, harassed, threatened, intimidated, and, moreover, has been the victim of intentional malicious and fraudulent rumors via hundreds of Scientology-controlled and -coordinated social media accounts that exist solely to intimidate and spread misinformation.” A spokesperson for the church told SheKnows that the lawsuit is “ludicrous” and “pure lunacy,” but Remini won’t stop fighting until she gets her day in court.
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