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17 Things Leah Remini Taught Us With ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’

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17 Things Leah Remini Taught Us With ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’
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Women are “expected” to have abortions in Sea Org

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Women are “expected” to have abortions in Sea Org

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Sea Org is one of Scientology's highest religious orders and you have to sign a 1,000,000,000-year contract to join. That lengthy agreement prohibits having children.

"If you were in the Sea Organization and you got pregnant you were expected to have an abortion," Leah’s co-star Mike Rinder claims.

An encouraged abortion broke one woman’s heart

An encouraged abortion broke one woman’s heart

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Former Sea Org member Claire Headley had an abortion during her time in the order. "Some wounds you can't heal" the woman tearfully said in Episode 5. Claire now has 3 children.

The FBI couldn’t punish Scientology for Claire’s abortion

The FBI couldn’t punish Scientology for Claire’s abortion

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Scientology admitted to “what happened,” as the Hollywood Reporter puts it, but law enforcement couldn’t prosecute the church due to religious freedom laws.

Crimes — including sexual assault — are handled by the church

Crimes — including sexual assault — are handled by the church

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Former Scientologist Amy Scobee appeared in Episode 3, alleging she was raped at just 14 by an older male churchgoer.

The woman says the authorities weren’t called in and instead she was blamed for the assault, since bad things only happen to people due to prior “crimes” according to the doctrine.

Amy’s parents weren’t even notified of their daughter’s trauma.

There is allegedly a “Hole”

There is allegedly a “Hole”

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Aftermath co-star Mike claims Scientology head honcho David Miscavige has a “hole” in Hemet, California where he placed individuals who have fallen out of favor.

The ex Scientology exec says he was in “The Hole” in 2007.

Mike describes the camp as two trailers where 100 people live “sleeping on the floor, eating slop 24/7, in a building that had a security guard at the front door and bars on the windows to prevent anybody from escaping.”

The definition of a “suppressive person”

The definition of a “suppressive person”

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Suppressive people are those who are “enemies” of Scientology and are trying to “suppress” the religion or its members.

Why Scientologists are so suspicious of critics

Why Scientologists are so suspicious of critics

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The Church believes someone is led to becoming a suppressive person due to their own “crimes” or negative histories.

If someone is an “SP” they’re hiding something extremely dark like pedophilia.

If you’re an “SP” things can get creepy quickly

If you’re an “SP” things can get creepy quickly

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Guests throughout Aftermath reveal the awful consequences they faced after being labeled an SP.

Critical journalist Paulette Cooper shared a truly disturbing tale during Episode 4, claiming she was sued 19 times, her neighbors were told she was a part-time prostitute with STDs, and someone broke into her psychiatrist's office.

Scientologists believe you can develop powers

Scientologists believe you can develop powers

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There are levels in Scientology and those who reach the highest echelons — AKA OT 8 — are apparently telekinetic and telepathic.

Scientologists believe L. Ron Hubbard isn’t dead

Scientologists believe L. Ron Hubbard isn’t dead

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When Scientology “Pope” David Miscavige announced the religion’s creator had died, he didn’t exactly use those words.

Instead, David claimed L. Rob had reached the highest OT possible and “discarded his body.”

It’s believed he may come back in a new body and therefore there are untouched offices set up for him somewhere.

Leah was accused of “inciting hate crimes”

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When former Scientologist Brandon Reisdorf threw a hammer through the church’s L.A. center during a manic-depressive episode, Leah was blamed for inciting the supposed October 2016 hate crime.

Brandon refuted that idea during the season finale, explaining the actress in no way influenced his decision.

Medical care is frowned upon for those with mental health issues

Medical care is frowned upon for those with mental health issues

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Manic-depressive Brandon also explained he was forced to complete an “introspection rundown” when he was still a member of the faith, as opposed to any psychiatric treatment.

"I was locked in a room for 24 hours a day, experiencing craziness in my mind. It was just colors and pictures and hallucinations," he says of the supposed remedy where you aren’t spoken to for weeks on end.

Family members are encouraged to snitch their family members

Family members are encouraged to snitch their family members

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If a family member commits any “crimes” in the eyes of Scientology,, their loved ones are required to write a “knowledge report” on them.

Families break up all the time over Scientology

Families break up all the time over Scientology

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If some is labeled a “Suppressive Person” after a knowledge report is filed, the SP’s Scientologist loved ones are expected to “disconnect” completely. “SP” Aaron Smith-Levin appeared in Episode 6 , explaining his mother-in-law lives across the street from his family but will not acknowledge them, even going so far as to hide from her own grandchildren.

There’s a reason Scientologists are so secretive about Xenu

There’s a reason Scientologists are so secretive about Xenu

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Leah reveals in the Season 1 finale Scientologists are banned for confirming the faith’s highest secrets, like their belief a dictator alien named Xenu came to Earth millions of years ago and murdered his people with hydrogen bombs.

Revealing that secret results in a $100K fine, according to Leah.

Scientology really hates Leah

Scientology really hates Leah

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Scientology denies any and all claims from Leah and her show.

“Leah Remini’s ‘reality’ show, like her last one, is nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction,” the church said in a statement.

“She and the other anti-Scientologists in her program have been expelled from the Church for unethical conduct.”

Leah plans to hit back at Scientology in court

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Leah ended Season 1 by talking to lawyers about taking action against the church. It’s unclear how she plans to do this, but if there’s an Aftermath Season 2, expect to see the entire dramatic process.

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Leah Remini opened the eyes of viewers all across America with Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath.  

Take a look at the gallery above to find out all the craziest lessons the ex-Scientologist revealed about the controversial religion during Season 1 of her A&E docuseries — and what’s next.