Leah Remini’s 2024 facilities on her bombshell defamation and harassment lawsuit from the Church of Scientology.
Back-to-back hearings in the civil situation
On Jan. 16, there was a three-hour hearing in the circumstance at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles. Decide Randolph M. Hammock tentatively dominated in the Church of Scientology’s favor that some of the King of Queens actress and Scientology critic’s defamation claims would be stricken from the lawsuit, in accordance to Courthouse News Assistance.
Having said that, most of her harassment statements would continue to be in place — and the situation would continue. The listening to was ongoing to Friday, when it will select up yet again.
Hammock is also identifying irrespective of whether to grant Remini an injunction — which would bar the group from brazenly criticizing her although this circumstance performs out. He reported he most likely will not difficulty the injunction, but questioned her legal workforce to present a the latest example of the organization’s harassment to enable him choose.
Hammock explained that going by way of the Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology author’s 68-site grievance, allegation by allegation, was “probably the hardest I have ever labored on a individual motion” in his 15 years on the bench. Hammock is thinking about the defense’s try to gut Remini’s case, arguing that it falls below absolutely free speech.
Hammock explained that several of Remini’s defamation promises do not fall in the one particular-12 months statute of limits, this means they will most likely be stricken from the lawsuit. Other individuals she cited are issues of impression, not reality, so they are not “actionable.” For case in point, the organization bashed Remini in an open letter when she was hired as a sport exhibit host, crafting on a Scientology web site devoted to Remini criticism, “What is upcoming? A video game display ‘hosted’ by a KKK chief? Neo-Nazi Jeopardy?” Hammock mentioned whilst the statement was “not pretty great,” it is really the organization’s “ideal underneath the First Modification.” However, some defamation statements will very likely endure, together with that the firm “utilized and manipulated” Remini’s estranged and now-lifeless father and his 3rd wife to “make wrong statements about Ms. Remini,” contacting her a liar and expressing she wouldn’t fork out for his cancer treatments. The judge said that the church could have revealed them with “a reckless disregard of the points.”
As considerably as Remini’s harassment statements, Hammock stated they’re not likely to be thrown out. Remini’s allegations integrated that the corporation put in surveillance technology on her neighbor’s residence to spy on her. The church is hoping to dismiss all those allegations, citing “pre-litigation surveillance,” which is “protected conduct” in their movement, but the decide didn’t see it that way. “The court docket sees no general public fascination in the surveillance of personal citizens — even superstars — less than an unsupported suspicion that litigation may perhaps arise at some afterwards time,” he wrote.
Hammock also said he’d probably allow for at least some of Remini’s promises that the church interfered with her company associations, citing iHeartRadio and AudioBoom via which she broadcast her podcasts, which includes the Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Podcast. While the business can exercise no cost speech legal rights … it can’t “send brokers to harass the podcast’s producers and team to the stage that they feared for their protection,” the judge wrote.
The lawsuit is from the Church of Scientology Worldwide, a branch of the firm known as the Religious Technological know-how Center (RTC) and its chief David Miscavige. A lawyer for the RTC argued that the lawsuit did not particularly link the RTC to the stalking and harassment, so it should really be taken off as a defendant, according to journalist Tony Ortega, who was in court. Remini’s lawyers ended up told to current connections concerning the harassment and the RTC or the RTC could be removed as a defendant.
Remini is looking for an injunction to end the defendants from “ongoing stalking, harassing and in any other case illegal interference” as this lawsuit performs out. Hammock stated he was leaning versus granting it, but asked her crew to provide evidence of the most current instance of the Church of Scientology harassing her.
Back in court
On Jan. 19, the listening to will decide on up in which it remaining off with the decide deciding irrespective of whether to strike the defamation promises. You will find also a listening to on whether or not Remini will be granted the preliminary injunction and a listening to on requests for media protection of the circumstance.
What’s this lawsuit all about?
In 2013, Remini remaining the Church of Scientology — of which she was a 35-12 months member — more than rising discontent with its principles and the methods of superior-ranking customers. She grew to become just one of its chief critics, creating a book about it as effectively as producing exhibits and podcasts delving into the allegations swirling all around the controversial team. The church fought back again, building an overall website devoted to Remini attacks.
In September, Remini filed her bombshell lawsuit against the business — of which Tom Cruise, John Travolta and the now-incarcerated Danny Masterson are well known users — and chief Miscavige. She claimed that she has been “stalked, surveilled, harassed, threatened, intimidated” and is the sufferer of “intentional malicious and fraudulent rumors” over her criticism of the corporation. Among her promises is that she was punished for her habits at Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes and was held afterward at a Scientology facility for 4 months.
To make amends, she had to make financial donations to issues Cruise would like. She estimates she expended $5 million all through her time as a Scientologist on plans and donations. She also claimed a mentally sick person has been paid by the Church of Scientology to surveil her. (Examine her most jaw-dropping claims.)
What has the Church of Scientology claimed about her lawsuit?
The organization termed her lawsuit “ludicrous” and “frivolous” and the allegations within just it “pure lunacy.” It branded her a “terrible human being and toxic to so many who have the misfortune to appear in call with her.” (Read its assertion.)