After a shocking revelation last week by dancer and Leah Remini’s partner from “Dancing With the Stars” Tony Dovolani that he was stalked by Scientology members, Remini’s sister has now made the same claim. Nicole Remini, 47, said that she was still facing harassment allegedly from the Church of Scientology.
Nicole said, according to Radar Online, that she received several calls from the church when her sister first left it in 2013. She also said that the church called her 15-year-old daughter after which she threatened legal action. She also said that her accounts on social media were hacked at about the time when Remini’s controversial book slamming Scientology -- “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” -- released.
“The church was calling me like crazy,” Nicole told Radar Online during an interview, adding: “When [Leah] was first declared a suppressive person, they called me every day. I would hang up and then they would call me right back.”
Nicole also said in the interview: “All of my social media got hacked,” adding: “That was the weirdest thing that had ever happened to me.”
“They turned my profile picture into a penis,” she said. Nicole, however, added that she does not have proof that the church was behind the hacking. But she also said that “the timing of it was questionable.” She added: “It was the day we were doing press for [Leah’s book, Troublemaker].”
Nicole, who reportedly moved to Minneapolis with her family, said that things have become quieter for her and Remini for now. “I was on the phone with her [Remini] yesterday,” she said, adding: “She didn’t complain about anything.”
A representative for the Church of Scientology denied the report and trashed Nicole’s claims. “This is false. It never happened. This is just another in a series of publicity stunts for Leah Remini’s book,” the representative said, according to Radar Online.
The claims by Dovolani, who said that the church members had stalked him to get more details about Remini, were also trashed by the church representative. “This is nuts. It never happened. Like we have said before, this is just another publicity stunt for her book.”
Dovolani had told TMZ: "I was followed a few times. They tried to find anything they can on a person and try to use it against them," adding: "They were trying to create any type of thing they wanted to -- like a rumor or whatever. They could not find anything because I'm a happily married dude. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
The feud between Remini and the church started since her “20/20” interview in October where she slammed the church and its patrons Tom Cruise and his former wife Katie Holmes, who left the church in 2013. While the church rubbished the claims through a strongly-worded statement, Cruise has yet to address them. However, Holmes issued an apology to Remini, without denying the claims against her.