Leah Remini slams Scientology for 'harassing' accusers after Danny Masterson's rape case ends in mistrial

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By James Kay

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Leah Remini has slammed Scientology for "harassing" accusers and allegedly covering up sex abuse following the Danny Masterson rape case ending.

Masterson, 46 - best known for his role in the sitcom That 70's Show - was accused of the rape of three women at his Hollywood home in the early 2000s, per the BBC.

The star denied the charges whilst claiming he was being targeted due to his ties to the Church of Scientology.

The jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial, and a retrial has been scheduled for March. If he is convicted, he could face 45 years to life behind bars.

Leah Remini, 52 - a former member of Scientology who has since been outspoken against the religion - has criticized the church for its involvement in allegedly covering up sex abuse crimes.

The actress released a statement on Twitter, naming the leader of the church David Miscavige and sending him a warning.

She prefaced the tweet with "David Miscavige, I know you read my tweets. There is nothing you can do to intimidate me into silence and I will not stop fighting you and the evil, criminal enterprise you control."

Remini declared that whilst she was disappointed that the jury could not come to a unanimous decision, she was happy a retrial has been scheduled.

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Leah Remini. Credit: BJ Warnick / Alamy

"My heart breaks for the women who have courageously and tirelessly fought for justice for over five years," Remini said. "For years, they have been targeted and harassed by Scientology and its agents. They have also been targeted and harassed by their family members and friends who remained in Scientology.

"I want to remind everyone that when you’re a Scientologist, you are strictly forbidden from reporting crimes to civil authorities that other Scientologists commit against you.

"You are ordered only to report things to internal Scientology authorities," Remini continued. She also alleged that the church will "completely destroy your life" if you were to report anything to civil authorities.

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Danny Masterson. Credit: Sydney Alford / Alamy

"These women did what they were told to do. They reported their rapes to internal Scientology authorities. And after they did that, they were not only blamed and abused; they were told that they weren’t raped and ordered them never to use the word ‘rape’ again," Remini's statement continued.

Per Variety, a note to Judge Charlaine Olmedo stated the jurors were not close to a unanimous verdict and cast doubt over whether they would be able to come to one.

Remini added: "Scientology was responsible for reporting these crimes to civil authorities but did no such thing. Instead, it covered them up."

She completed her statement by praising those fighting Scientology, referring to them as "heroes".

Featured image credit: O'Connor/AFF-USA / Alamy

Leah Remini slams Scientology for 'harassing' accusers after Danny Masterson's rape case ends in mistrial

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By James Kay

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Leah Remini has slammed Scientology for "harassing" accusers and allegedly covering up sex abuse following the Danny Masterson rape case ending.

Masterson, 46 - best known for his role in the sitcom That 70's Show - was accused of the rape of three women at his Hollywood home in the early 2000s, per the BBC.

The star denied the charges whilst claiming he was being targeted due to his ties to the Church of Scientology.

The jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial, and a retrial has been scheduled for March. If he is convicted, he could face 45 years to life behind bars.

Leah Remini, 52 - a former member of Scientology who has since been outspoken against the religion - has criticized the church for its involvement in allegedly covering up sex abuse crimes.

The actress released a statement on Twitter, naming the leader of the church David Miscavige and sending him a warning.

She prefaced the tweet with "David Miscavige, I know you read my tweets. There is nothing you can do to intimidate me into silence and I will not stop fighting you and the evil, criminal enterprise you control."

Remini declared that whilst she was disappointed that the jury could not come to a unanimous decision, she was happy a retrial has been scheduled.

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Leah Remini. Credit: BJ Warnick / Alamy

"My heart breaks for the women who have courageously and tirelessly fought for justice for over five years," Remini said. "For years, they have been targeted and harassed by Scientology and its agents. They have also been targeted and harassed by their family members and friends who remained in Scientology.

"I want to remind everyone that when you’re a Scientologist, you are strictly forbidden from reporting crimes to civil authorities that other Scientologists commit against you.

"You are ordered only to report things to internal Scientology authorities," Remini continued. She also alleged that the church will "completely destroy your life" if you were to report anything to civil authorities.

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Danny Masterson. Credit: Sydney Alford / Alamy

"These women did what they were told to do. They reported their rapes to internal Scientology authorities. And after they did that, they were not only blamed and abused; they were told that they weren’t raped and ordered them never to use the word ‘rape’ again," Remini's statement continued.

Per Variety, a note to Judge Charlaine Olmedo stated the jurors were not close to a unanimous verdict and cast doubt over whether they would be able to come to one.

Remini added: "Scientology was responsible for reporting these crimes to civil authorities but did no such thing. Instead, it covered them up."

She completed her statement by praising those fighting Scientology, referring to them as "heroes".

Featured image credit: O'Connor/AFF-USA / Alamy