In a interview on Larry King Now Thursday, reformed Scientologist Leah Remini challenged the church’s criticism of her reality show Scientology and the Aftermath, arguing if they want to call her and her fellow defectors liars, “they should sue.”
Asked about the Church of Scientology’s statement that Remini is a “bitter ex-Scientologst” and “spoiled entitled diva” lying about the church for attention and recognition, Remini told King she has nothing to say about its position.
“I don’t,” Remini said. “I think that says a lot about this organization. They should sue us, it’s as simple as that. If we’re lying—“
“And listen, they say this on every outlet that can,” she continued. “They have said this about every single person that’s spoke out, and not one lawsuit has been brought to anybody.”
Remini noted Scientologists are “not a group that is scared of a lawsuit.”
“They’re a litigious group—so if that were true, they would simply sue us and I welcome them to do that,” she said. “What I’m not going to stand for is an organization with this kind of money to continue to do things like that, and to bully people, and to harass people, to defraud people out of their lives their money but more importantly their families, and I’m just not going to sit around and watch it happen.
Remini, who starred in the hit sitcom The Kind of Queens, left the church in 2013 after almost 30 years, citing the dogmatic rules and restrictions. “No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to,” Remini said at the time.
In her highly rated A&E docuseries, Remini sought to bring to light the church’s “abusive practices,” including stripping members of money and separating them from their families.
The church calls Remini’s public grievances a “publicity stunt,” insisting Scientology and the Aftermath “ shows the extent Leah Remini is willing to go to in order to distort the truth about Scientology.”
To that, Remini invites the church to dispute her “lies” in the court of law.
Watch the video below, via Larry King Now:
‘There is a better way’: George W Bush breaks his silence to speak out against ‘tragic failures’
On Tuesday, former President George W. Bush issued a statement on the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests.
"It is time for America to examine our tragic failures — and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths," wrote Bush. "It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future."
"America's greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity," wrote Bush. "The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union ... The heroes of America — from Fredrick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation's disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America's need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised."
Horseback riding club rolls into Houston protests to stand in solidarity with protesters
Horses are raising a hoof to support Black Lives Matter protesters in Houston, Texas Tuesday.
After several nights of protests, an urban trail riding club, Nonstop Riders, joined the efforts
“We’re here representing for all our black brothers and sisters," said Marcus Johnson, sitting atop his horse.
As the riders fists stretched toward the blue Texas sky, the protest crowd broke into cheers and applause.
Brianna Noble did the same at the protests Friday, sitting atop Dapper Dan, leading a crowd of protesters.
Brazil’s Yanomamis say endangered by miners spreading coronavirus
Brazil's Yanomami indigenous people on Tuesday demanded the government of President Jair Bolsonaro expel illegal goldminers from its territory to protect their communities from the spread of the coronavirus.
Three Yanomami people have died so far of COVID-19 and there are growing fears the pandemic could wipe out thousands of Brazil's 27,000 Yanomamis if they become widely exposed to the disease.
"The miners are entering the Yanomami indigenous land with COVID-19 contamination." said Dario Kopenawa, leader of the Hutukara Yanomami Association.
"It is a very serious situation for the Yanomami and that is why we are campaigning so that non-indigenous people worry about our situation. The coronavirus can kill many Yanomami," he said.