A Taiwanese man died after being stabbed in the neck at the Church of Scientology headquarters in Sydney on Jan. 3 — and the controversial organization is blaming Leah Remini.
The actress hosts A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath with fellow defector Mike Rinder and the organization said, in a Jan. 11 letter sent to network head Paul Buccieri (subject: “Blood on your hands”) and obtained by the anti-Scientology site Underground Bunker, “For years, A&E executives ignored our warnings that the series was inspiring bigotry and violence. You knew what you were doing. Your intent was to stir up hate and turn it into cash. Now someone has been murdered. Your indifference and obsession with stirring hate underwrote his murder.” The letter, sent on Church of Scientology letterhead from international spokesperson Karin Pouw, said Remini “coaches people on the show to incite hatred against Scientology.” The show won an Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
So why does the organization claim Remini’s A&E show is to blame? “The attacker was inspired by an anti-Scientology website that featured your people and included a link to Remini’s show,” the letter stated. However, the Church of Scientology didn’t provide any proof of the claim. Yahoo contacted the organization for comment but hasn’t received one.
The Church of Scientology did, however, send another letter to Australian news outlet Seven, which was the first major news site to publish the letter, via a story on Yahoo Australia, sent to A&E. The letter, also sent by Pouw, declined to answer the outlet’s questions, but said the “most recent tragedy … follows a distinct trend of hate and violence incited by Leah Remini and her television program.” It listed three other incidents they said were caused by Remini.