The Church of Scientology have accused King of Queens actress Leah Remini of inciting hatred which lead to the alleged murder of a 24-year-old in Sydney earlier this month, in a letter obtained by 7News.
Scientology claim that the attack was prompted by docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath, a show hosted by Remini, a former member, and Mike Rinder, an Australian former church spokesman, which detailed alleged abuses by the church.
In their letter, titled ‘Blood on your Hands’, the church charge the A&E network who airs the program of paying “for the hate that caused this murder“.
They claim that threats were made prior to the attack, and “The attacker was inspired by an anti-Scientology website that featured your people and included a link to Remini’s show.”
A letter from the Church of Scientology blames actress and former member of the church @LeahRemini for an alleged murder at their Australian headquarters. @BryanSeymour1 #TheLatest #7News pic.twitter.com/hiiEOhsVJf
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) January 14, 2019
Scientology responded to Seven’s request for an interview by writing:
Both [Tony Ortega, anti-Scientology blogger, and Bryan Seymour, 7News journo], along with Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, have one agenda alone: to spread hate and religious intolerance about Scientology for profit. There has been one results – violence towards our parishioners and Church.
Stop participating in a hate campaign, Bryan. You, too, are putting lives at risk.
Their full response can be found HERE.
Rinder described Scientology’s letter as “absurd“: “Their statement that this is all caused by A&E and our show, because someone apparently looked at a website, that mentioned our show, that’s absurd.”
Earlier this month, a 16-year-old boy was charged with murder after a member of the church was stabbed to death outside Scientology’s Australian headquarters in Chatswood.
Police allege the 24-year-old Taiwanese national was killed as he tried to escort the teenager off the property. A 30-year-old man was also injured in the attack, but suffered only minor injuries.
Media reported that the mother of the alleged killer was scheduled to undergo a
“purification rundown” prior to the assault.
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