On the heels of her Emmy nomination for the first season of Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah Remini has big plans for Season 2.
Season 1 was all about telling the stories of former church members with the theme of disconnection, telling about how and why the church forced them to be separated from friends and family who remained Scientologists.
Season 2 is going to delve deeper, Remini revealed in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. According to Remini, this new season will explore the abuses she accuses the church of carrying out, especially on children who may be members of the church because of their parents' involvement. As a former member of the church since she herself was a child, the allegations Remini makes are unsettling, with the implication her personal experiences with the church can act as a support to her claims.
"Scientology policy dictates that children are grown men and women in little bodies. They believe a 7-year-old girl should not shudder at being passionately kissed. That's in Dianetics," Remini said, referencing Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's 1950 book about the core values of the church.
She continued, "And if a child is molested, that child and/or parent cannot go to the police because it's against policy. They handle it in Scientology. They will usually bring the molester in and give them spiritual 'auditing,' or counseling."
Remini claims that victims within the church "get punished for 'pulling it in,' which is a Scientology term that means you did something that you're not telling the church about — and that's why you received the abuse. The child is usually made to do some kind of amends, to make up for what happened to them."
She wants to do more than just tell stories this time around and wants to compile actual evidence of the church's criminal wrongdoing — enough of it to spark an investigation into Scientology. "I'm talking about the FBI, the police, the Department of Justice, the IRS," she said.
Remini has been an outspoken critic of the church ever since she left its ranks in 2013. Somehow, though, she's avoided the kind of backlash she says often affects those who speak out against the secretive organization.
We do know this much: Scientology and the Aftermath's first season was enthralling, and we can't wait to tune in for Season 2.
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