Leah Remini went from one of Scientology’s most enthusiastic supporters to a critic and whistleblower. She has turned her efforts to get to the bottom of Scientology’s dark side into a highly rated and award winning program on A&E.
One of the catalysts for Remini questioning the religion she followed most of her life and eventually leaving it was the curious case of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology’s leader David Miscavige. Nobody has seen Shelley in public in over ten years, and Remini wants to know where she is and why she has been in hiding for so long.
Scientology has had a notorious reputation for attracting celebrities to its philosophy. Shelly Miscavige moved in the highest circles of Scientology alongside her husband, and she served as a handler to celebrities like Tom Cruise. In fact, was at Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes that Remini realized that something was amiss. The Daily Beast reports:
Among the guests were Brooke Shields, Giorgio Armani, Jim Carrey, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, David and Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and fellow Scientologists John Travolta and Kelly Preston. The couple was serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, and took part in Scientology’s Double Ring ceremony, with Miscavige serving as Cruise’s best man. Remini was there too, and when she began asking guests and Scientology officials at the bash why Shelly was nowhere to be found, says she was subsequently “punished for asking where the leader’s wife was.”
On a recent episode of Scientology & the Aftermath, Remini spoke with Shelly’s former personal assistant Valerie Haney, who said that the last time she saw Shelly, the leader was crying and entering a vehicle outside the church’s California headquarters.
Mike Rinder, Remini’s co-host and partner in whistleblowing believes that the church is keeping Shelly at the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), a Scientology facility near Lake Arrowhead in California that includes a series of bunkers where Scientologists prepare for the end of the world.
Remini reached out to the Los Angeles Police in 2013 for assistance in locating Shelly Miscavige, but the LAPD would not help her.
Det. Kevin Becker of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division, a friend of Remini’s who’s since retired from the force, provided a written statement to The Daily Beast about the Shelly Miscavige wellness check which read, in part: “I and many other detectives believe that the ‘investigation’ was VERY poorly handled and LAPD fell way short on this one.”
Naturally, Scientology is pushing back against Remini and Rinder, and the church issued a statement through an attorney:
In a threatening letter to The Daily Beast, Glassman Media Group, the law firm representing the Church of Scientology, called Remini and Rinder’s claims “false,” said they haven’t provided any evidence of Shelly’s whereabouts because they don’t want to “dignify the preposterous allegations,” and alleged, “Mrs. Miscavige has never been missing and is living her life to her choosing.” (They declined to provide any information on her current state or her whereabouts.)
“Mrs. Miscavige has been married to Mr. Miscavige for almost 40 years. She is a life-long Scientologist and is a dedicated member of the Sea Organization, the Scientology religious order. While her husband lives a public life as the Church’s leader, Mrs. Miscavige lives a private life. My partner Rebecca Kaufman has personally met with Mrs. Miscavige,” wrote Anthony Michael Glassman of Glassman Media Group.
In the meantime, Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts are still unclear, and Scientology isn’t willing to give genuine answers to the mystery. Here’s what we do know: Leah Remini won’t rest until she knows the truth, and she will continue to share her findings with the world in her efforts to pull the curtain back on this dangerous cult.