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Claim: Scientology Poisoned Singer's Dog Amid Rape Accusations

Cedric Bixler-Zavala claims the Church is protecting actor Danny Masterson

(Newser) - A progressive rock singer claims Scientologists have poisoned his family dog—again. Cedric Bixler-Zavala, lead singer of Mars Volta and At the Drive-In, says he put down his dog this week after it ate poisoned meat tossed into the yard by Church of Scientology members, per the Hollywood Reporter . "... More »

Beck Is in a Weird Squabble With Leah Remini

Over his past, or lack thereof, with Scientology

(Newser) - Beck has long been reported to be a Scientologist—the singer's father is one, and Beck was married for 14 years to Marissa Ribisi, twin of actor Giovanni Ribisi and member of a well-known Scientology family—and he's discussed his association with the religion in multiple interviews. But... More »

Leah Remini: 'Scientology Took My Dad'

She says she wasn't told about his death for a month

(Newser) - Former Scientologist Leah Remini says it took her a month to find out that her estranged father had died—and she blames the organization for destroying her relationship with him. In an Instagram post , the outspoken Scientology critic says she and her sister Nicole didn't know about George Remini'... More »

Ex-Scientologist Who Fled in Trunk of Car Sues Church

She accuses it of human trafficking, false imprisonment, child abuse

(Newser) - A "Jane Doe" who was in the Church of Scientology for nearly 40 years is suing the organization, accusing it of human trafficking, false imprisonment, child abuse, and many other misdeeds. The woman says she was in the organization from her birth in 1979 and eventually fled in 2016... More »

Church of Scientology Launches TV Channel

'We're not here to preach to you, to convince you or to convert you'

(Newser) - The Church of Scientology launched its own TV channel with a vow that it will be candid about every aspect of the church and its operations but isn't seeking to preach or convert. "There's a lot of talk about us. And we get it," church leader... More »

Foes Blame Scientology for Haggis Rape Accusations

Rape allegations 'very suspect,' Remini, Rinder say

(Newser) - The co-hosts of A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath are defending fellow ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis, suggesting the church may be behind sexual misconduct accusations against him , which include two allegations of rape. In an open letter , Leah Remini and Mike Rinder say it is "very suspect" when people... More »

6 Revelations From Leah Remini's Scientology Series

It premiered Tuesday

(Newser) - Leah Remini's eight-part A&E docu-series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, premiered Tuesday, and brought with it the expected accusations of statutory rape and physical abuse against the church, USA Today reports. Tidbits from the premiere episode, which featured Remini interviewing ex-Scientologists, as well as new interviews Remini... More »

Trailer for Remini's Scientology Series Alleges Rape, Beatings

Series premieres Nov. 29

(Newser) - The first trailer for Leah Remini's Scientology docuseries is out , and it's about as shocking as you might expect. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, it features former church members discussing child rape and beatings, among other things. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath starts airing on A&E... More »

Memoir From Scientology Leader's Dad May Be Due to Leah Remini

'His story is important'

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini, who knows a thing or two about Scientology memoirs, says she prompted the father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige to write his own memoir, which is slated to be published May 3, Us Magazine reports. "His story is important," Remini tells ABC News... More »

Remini's 5 Strangest Claims About Tom Cruise's Wedding

Including Suri Cruise being treated very oddly

(Newser) - During her 20/20 interview Friday, Leah Remini revealed that it was at Tom Cruise's 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes that she first began to seriously doubt Scientology. And now the New York Daily News has published excerpts from Remini's Scientology exposé Troublemaker , out tomorrow, in which she discusses... More »

Leah Remini: Scientologists Can't Criticize Tom Cruise

You're 'evil' if you do, she says in new interview

(Newser) - Leah Remini famously left the Church of Scientology, and in a new interview with ABC News , she seems to imply Tom Cruise may have been part of the reason why. "Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself ... you are evil," she says in a... More »

OITNB Star Laura Prepon: Scientology Is 'Magic'

Because you're a thetan, or something

(Newser) - Love Laura Prepon in Orange Is the New Black? Thank Scientology. The actress says the religion lets her easily access her emotions on screen but shut them down off screen, and that ability has generally transformed her life. "It's magic, it really is," she swoons, per Gawker... More »

Scientologists Angry About Unflattering Documentary

'Going Clear' due to premiere on Jan. 25

(Newser) - A documentary about Scientology debuts at Sundance later this month, and the church is not happy about it. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, from filmmaker Alex Gibney, includes interviews with people who have left the religion behind, and starting today, the Church of Scientology is expected to... More »

Tom Cruise: Suri's Not a Scientologist Anymore

Admits Katie Holmes left him because of the religion

(Newser) - You can all stop worrying about Suri Cruise: She's not a Scientologist anymore, dad Tom Cruise recently admitted. Cruise sat for a deposition as part of his lawsuit against a tabloid that claimed he ditched his daughter, and that's when the revelation occurred, TMZ reports. Cruise also admitted—... More »

'Blacklisted' Leah Remini Quits Scientology

Faced interrogations for questioning leader: sources

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini is publicly saying sayonara to the Church of Scientology, and sources say it's because she endured years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige, Us Weekly reports. Remini was apparently blacklisted by the church for asking an incredibly tough question back... More »

Ugly Feud Erupts Among Scientologists

Organization 'obsessed with fundraising,' disgruntled member says

(Newser) - A leading Scientologist is attempting to spark a revolt against chief David Miscavige, who has led the organization since the death of L. Ron Hubbard 26 years ago. Miscavige has ignored the teaching of L. Ron Hubbard and turned Scientology into a fundraising machine that bleeds wealthy members dry to... More »

Scientology Files Fraud Appeal in France

Church and leaders were convicted in 2009

(Newser) - The Church of Scientology opened an appeal today of a 2009 fraud conviction in France , reports the AP . The original case convicted Scientology's French branch, bookstore, and six leaders of fraud related to pressuring members into paying for expensive but questionable treatments, as well as harassing recruits. The church... More »

Scientologists Buy Hollywood Studio

Organization snaps up historic Sunset Boulevard site

(Newser) - Whether or not you want to see more movies based on L. Ron Hubbard's writings—and most critics who saw Battlefield: Earth would sooner go blind—Scientologists now have the facilities to make them. The controversial organization has bought a landmark movie studio in Hollywood from a struggling public... More »

Inside Scientology: Abuse, Human Trafficking, FBI Probes

Extensive Paul Haggis profile reveals allegations against church

(Newser) - The New Yorker ’s massive, 26-page takedown of Scientology is here, and it discloses—among other things—that the FBI has been investigating the church on suspicion of human trafficking for more than a year. Staff writer Lawrence Wright offers an extensive profile of ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis, the writer-director... More »

Russia Bans Scientology Texts

Works of L. Ron Hubbard labeled 'extremist'

(Newser) - The works of L. Ron Hubbard are no longer welcome in Russia. Officials say they intercepted a shipment of books and recordings by the Scientology founder and decided that they should be banned as extremist literature that "undermines the traditional spiritual values of the citizens of the Russian Federation.... More »

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