Comedic actress Leah Remini still does not know the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Remini, who is outspoken about the church she left in 2013, gave an exclusive interview with ABC’s “20/20” and said Shelly Miscavige hasn’t been seen since 2006 and she was never given a reason why.
The “King of Queens” star was surprised her friend Shelly wasn’t in attendance at the 2006 nuptials of Tom Cruise of Katie Holmes in Rome. "I kept asking throughout the night, 'Does anybody know where Shelly is?' ” she told People magazine Wednesday.
When Remini, 45, asked a top Scientologist official, she was told: "'I don't think you have the f------ rank, quite honestly, to ask where Shelly is.' ” Remini became a Scientologist at age 8, but something changed within her after she received that response. “It was a little bit shocking to hear that answer,” she said. “That sort of sparked something in me." She ultimately left the Church of Scientology in July 2013.
Nine years after that wedding incident, Remini still hasn’t heard from Shelly Miscavige and she doesn’t know what happened to her. "I still don't have an answer,” she said. "When I asked the officers, 'Did you see her with your own eyes? Is she alive and safe?' their response was, 'We cannot give you that information, ma'am.' "
When Remini departed from Scientology, she filed a missing person report with the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities said they got in contact with Shelly Miscavige and she had nothing to say to Remini.
The Church of Scientology denies Shelly Miscavige was ever missing. "Ms. Remini also continues her bizarre efforts to harass the Church of Scientology's leader and his wife, whom Ms. Remini has been obsessed with and has stalked for years,” they said in a statement.
It wasn't the first time the actress has been slammed by Scientology. The church condemned Remini’s exposé before it aired Friday. “She needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money and attention to appear relevant again,” part of the statement said.
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