Less than a month after officially severing a more than thirty year relationship with Scientology, Leah Remini has decided to go to the cops and offer her take on the single most complicated and scandalous question related to the secretive organization. What happened to leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation into Shelly’s alleged disappearance after someone filed a missing person’s report. No one within the Department will verify exactly who turned in the paperwork, but sources close to Remini are allegedly admitting it was her. Given the timing and the rumors related to when her problems with the Church started, that shouldn’t surprise anyone.
The details concerning Shelly’s life are extremely fuzzy from late 2005/ early 2006 forward. Former Church member Tony Ortega has claimed she was transferred to a secretive compound near Lake Arrowhead. Regardless, she was seen in public after that for a funeral but hasn’t been photographed in at least five years. Spokesmen for the Church have repeatedly said she’s alive and well, but those claims haven’t stopped the mystery from growing.
Remini’s big problems with the Church allegedly began at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. David was Cruise’s best man, but Shelly did not attend. Remini reportedly asked numerous people at the ceremony why she hadn’t shown up, and she was basically told to mind her own business, which didn’t sit so well. In response, she allegedly filed a report about the situation and turned it into the Church, which began a long period of increasing tensions between the two sides.
People have the right to live outside the public eye if they want to. They have the right to make choices the average person wouldn’t make, and they have the right to practice whatever religion they choose. As such, Shelly doesn’t have to hold a press conference to explain to the world why she decided to vanish, but hopefully, she’ll reach out to the Police Department in a quick fashion to let them know she isn’t being held against her will, or on the slim chance there is something shady going on, investigators are able to quickly get to the bottom of what happened.
Regardless of how this case comes out, Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to Remini and her entire family in the coming months. Leaving any religion most of the members of your family are apart of is always very emotionally stressful. Hopefully, everyone in her life is able to maintain a sense of closeness, even if they’re suddenly worshipping in different places. You would hate to see ideological choices ruin familial bonds and good friendships.
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