If the Church of Scientology wasn't already scared of Leah Remini (let's be honest; it should have been scared from Day 1), it will be now.
Refinery29 is now reporting Remini is headed back to A&E with a second season of her explosive docuseries, Scientology and the Aftermath. But before Season 2 hits the air, she appeared in a special titled Merchants of Fear, where she revealed some of what viewers can expect to see when Scientology and the Aftermath returns to their TV screens and which was later reported on by Entertainment Weekly.
Merchants of Fear aired Monday and picked up where the first season of Remini's show left off. She was consulting with another former Scientologist, Mike Rinder, about taking legal action against the church that Remini was a member of for 35 years.
"Engaging in litigation with Scientology is not something that anyone but a fool does lightly," Rinder told Remini. But she has been fighting the church for years, leveling against it allegations of numerous abuses of its current and former members. In the Season 2 footage shown on Merchants of Fear, Remini can be seen saying that she and Rinder need "to do something about it" according to EW's report on the special.
EW also reports that Scientology and the Aftermath Season 2 will tell the story of a woman who claims her sexual assault by a member of the Church of Scientology was covered up by church officials along with accounts of child abuse and the way the church has allegedly mistreated journalists who have tried to report on and expose the inner workings of Scientology.
One of the most fascinating things about Remini's books, shows and other attacks against the church is that she is constantly transparent about how the church responds to her. Merchants of Fear included a statement from the Church of Scientology addressing the upcoming new season of Aftermath: "What distinguishes your 'reality' show from others is its singular goal of seeking profit from spreading hate and bigotry. You carry on spreading sweeping falsehoods with wild abandon…It is Leah Remini and Mike Rinder who are trying to break up families with their deprogramming attempts and calls to disrespect family members’ religious beliefs. Scientology promotes strong family values. Leah Remini has nothing better to do with her life and her career than to spread bigotry and hatred and to foment violent prejudice with your anti-religious 'reality' TV show."
Now all we need is a premiere date, because there's no way we're missing this.
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