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Leah Remini's Missing Person Report for Scientology Chief's Wife Unfounded, Says LAPD


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Actress Leah Remini’s rift with the Church of Scientology has made its way to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Remini filed a missing persons report with the LAPD this week, stating that Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly Miscavige, has not been seen in six years. This report comes weeks after Remini’s reported split with the Church of Scientology, where she and her family were prominent members for decades.

Today, the LAPD said that Remini’s report was “groundless” and has been dismissed, and an E! report stated that detectives have seen Shelly Miscavige alive.

“The LAPD has classified the report as unfounded, indicating that Shelly is not missing,” said Detective Gus Villanueva.

Leah Remini has not been publicly specific in her explanations of why she left Scientology. When her departure was first reported, there were claims (including from her sister, former Scientologist Nicole Remini) that she and David Miscavige had been on bad terms since Katie Holmes’ and Tom Cruise’s wedding, where Leah reportedly questioned the absence of Shelly Miscavige. Several reports have speculated about Shelly’s whereabouts in recent years.

“I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct,” Remini told People last week. “That for me, that’s what I’m about. It wouldn’t matter what it was, simply because 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.”

David_Miscavige_PortraitScientology’s many celebrity members say little about the Church, and nothing that is not positive. Even people who leave — like Cruise’s ex-wives Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman — say little about the experience. Remini is a departure from that norm, and told US Weekly this week that she’ll be releasing a memoir about her time in the church.

Crash director Paul Haggis, another Hollywood figure who has left the church, sent an open letter to the Hollywood Reporter praising Remini.

 “I can’t express how much I admire Leah. Her parents, family, and close friends were almost all Scientologists; the stakes for her were so much higher than for me. Her decision to leave was so much braver,” he said. “… Leah is an incredibly strong woman and will get through this with the help of her family and her true friends. She is kind and generous and loyal; she has always cared more about others than herself. She barely knew me, and yet she fought for me and my family, a battle she had to know in her gut she was never going to win. That takes an enormous amount of integrity and compassion.”

It sounds like anyone wanting the whole story should definitely pick up Leah Remini’s memoir.

“It will include my experiences, everything that’s taboo to talk about,” she said.

 

Images courtesy of Pacific Coast News; Wikimedia Commons

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