Well, this just got real. When King of Queens star Leah Remini first quit Scientology last month, it seemed almost like she was about to leave quietly. Then came news of the tell-all book she's working on, and now she has filed a missing person report for Shelly Miscavige, the Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife. Shelly notoriously hasn't been seen in public for six years, according to reports, which the Church of Scientology denies, to Wetpaint and to other sources. According to the her counsel, Shelly hasn't been seen around much because she's busy with the Church.
UPDATE: The Church of Scientology's reps have gotten in touch to let us know that "the Los Angeles Police Department has already stated that the case is closed and that the report filed by Leah Remini was unfounded."
Writer Tony Ortega, who often writes about the Church, alleges that Shelly was transferred to a secret compound near Los Angeles in 2006, "completely cut off from the outside world." Tony writes about the Church so often that Scientology spokespeople directed us to this site that seeks to discredit him during our previous coverage of Leah's departure, although we have no confirmation of their involvement with either that site or a strikingly similar site about another Scientology naysayer.
Speculation over Shelly reportedly plays strongly into Leah's departure. Leah reportedly asked about the whereabouts of Miscavige's wife, Shelly, at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's wedding; she was reportedly told, "You don't have the [bleeping] rank to ask about Shelly."
Again, spokespeople for the Church have denied any wrongdoing against Leah.
Since the missing person's report has been received, we're hoping everyone gets more clarity on Shelly soon. We've reached out to the Church's spokespeople to see if they have anything to add.
UPDATE: The Church got to E! News with a statement, calling the report "harassment": "It is a publicity stunt cooked up by a small band of unemployed fanatics who live on the fringe of the Internet. The Church and the attorney for Mrs. Miscavige have already responded to this ludicrous claim."
When asked, Scientology reps echoed the same sentiment to Wetpaint.
Is Leah doing the right thing, or should she leave the Church of Scientology alone?
Source: Us Magazine