Scientology blames Leah Remini for Australian murder

Scientologists are blasting Leah Remini and the cable television network A&E for spreading “vicious religious hatred and propaganda” they claim led to the death of a young man in Australia.

The Underground Bunker reported that Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw wrote a letter to A&E about the recent death of 24-year-old Aaron Yeh, a Taiwanese national who worked at an “Advance Org” facility.

“On January 3, 2019, a man fatally stabbed a member of our Australasian headquarters in Sydney. Previously the assailant had stated his intent to burn down the Church. The attacker was inspired by an anti-Scientology website that featured your people and included a link to Remini’s show,” Pouw wrote, referring to the actress’ series Scientology and the Aftermath.

The spokeswoman complained Remini “has poisoned the airwaves in an avowed effort to create hatred against the Scientology religion and Scientologists.”

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“You are well aware that whistleblowers have described how Leah Remini coaches people on the show to incite hatred against Scientology,” Pouw continued in her note to A&E. “We have repeatedly told you that all evidence points to the fact that every person on that program has been compensated, often ‘under the table’ to try to hide it. You could care less what that scandalous bigotry — lie after lie after lie — can cause.”

Pouw also alleged A&E executives “ignored” the Church’s warnings .

“You knew what you were doing,” she claimed. “Your intent was to stir up hate and turn it into cash. Now somebody has been murdered. Your indifference and obsession with stirring hate underwrote this murder.”

The alleged killer, who is 16, is now under arrest and being held without bond on murder charges.

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According to the insider book "Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion," church members actively wanted Elvis Presley to join. However, he had a near-visceral reaction: "Elvis came out and said, 'F--k these people! There's no way I'll ever get involved with son-of-a-b-----n' group. All they want is my money." However, his daughter, Lisa Marie, would go onto become an active member.
Russell Crowe has said that he's not a member, but told Interview magazine that he strongly considered it: "I looked at Scientology, as well. I read Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard, I got a couple of videos and I took it all in. It just seems like a religion that is perfect for people who feel like they need a grounding, who feels that the world has run off on them. I've discussed this with Scientologists, and they don't disagree. So, for a certain type of person, that's great."
According to Amy Scobee, a former high-ranking church official who defected, Scientologists actively recruited Brad Pitt, convincing him to complete two courses in 1991 and 1993. However, he "didn't' think it was for him," she said.
Brandy has admitted that she became interested in Scientology following her involvement in a 2006 car crash that killed someone. A friend told her that the classes would better her as a person, so she "checked it out," but "I'm not a Scientologist."
David Carradine told the New York Times Magazine that while he's not a Scientologist, "I've been around it enough to know it's a very intelligent thing." He took some classes, he said.
Candice Bergen was allegedly connected with Scientology in the 1960s but left before it gained popularity.
Jada Pinkett Smith has denied any involvement with the Church of Scientology, but defected member and fellow actress Leah Remini has maintained that Smith is secretly a member.
Patrick Swayze told the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) that he considered joining the religion.
Katharine McPhee said in 2006 on "Larry King Live" that while she'd enrolled in several Scientology courses, she is "no longer affiliated" with the church.
Jeffrey Tambor was a Scientologist but claims he no longer is, saying in 2007, "I took some Scientology classes at one time, studied Scientology for awhile, but no more. I have nothing against it, but I am no longer a Scientologist."
Chaka Khan gave something of a convoluted answer when asked by the New York Times if she's a Scientologist. Khan was wearing a bracelet with charm represented the three ARCs of Scientology, which she readily admitted -- but then said, "I’m not, never was, never will be. I belong to the religion of the Church of Chaka Khan, and I practice it every day. I live my religion, I consider it a personal thing. But I’ve taken some courses in Scientology, and they’ve been very, very helpful through life’s ups and downs."
Jerry Seinfeld revealed to Parade in 2008 that studying Scientology was useful for his career: "It's almost 30 years ago ... In my early years of stand-up, it was very helpful. I took a couple of courses. One of them was in communication, and I learned some things about communication that really got my act going.
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