Leah Remini was thrown into the ocean as a teen off a Scientology boat

Leah Remini

Well, I didn’t expect to write a series of daily Leah Remini updates this week, but her book excerpts are just so compelling. Here’s a photo of Leah at Barnes & Noble to officially launch Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. Paul Haggis was there too! Leah’s earned her troublemaking claim by dropping all sorts of bombs about her life in the cult. She has forgiven “ballsy” Katie Holmes and exposed Tom Cruise’s hide-and-seek and cookie dough weirdness along with disturbing stories of child neglect within the CO$.

Leah’s latest bombshell excerpt won’t surprise anyone who’s read about L. Ron Hubbard’s early practices in the Going Clear book. Back when the Sea Org labor force actually worked on boats, there was a disciplinary practice called “offboarding,” which was exactly what it sounds like. Scientologists got thrown off boats in the middle of the ocean. Leah says she was subject to the practice too, only a few decades ago:

Leah Remini rips into Scientology in a revenge-filled memoir — and discloses how a punishment ordered by a cult official almost killed her in a twisted drowning incident!

In addition to recounting tales of child abuse, stalking and sexual harassment at the hands of the secretive cult, Remini claims she was thrown from a boat when she was a teen.

Remini, now 45, once led a crew of Sea Org members cleaning the rooms at the Scientology – run Sandcastle Hotel in Florida, and headed to the hotel pool to relax once the job was done, according to the book.

When a Scientology bigwig saw her sunning by the pool, he ordered her to the nearby marina and took her out to sea. Then he threw her overboard into the ocean!

Remini desperately treaded water, a victim of a church practice known as “overboarding” – “which entails throwing a crew member overboard as a form of reprimand,” according to the actress.

“Soaking wet and humiliated,” the nearly drowned teen was finally allowed back into the boat.

In a response to Remini’s claims, the church said, “It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former religion… She is rewriting history.”

But Remini said she blew $5 million of her fortune on Scientology before severing ties with the church in 2013, ending a 37-year nightmare.

[From Radar Online]

This is such a terrifying tale, and completely believable because the CO$ is nuts. Leah could have drowned simply because she decided to go sunbathing after she finished working for the day. It’s total insanity, but that’s the way L. Ron Hubbard rolled. Under David Miscavige, the old practices became even more exaggerated and dangerous. But hey, I think Leah’s book is making almost as many waves as Going Clear as an HBO documentary. She’s no longer afraid, and since she leads such a public existence, Scientology won’t dare touch her. They still trash talk her, but if anything happens to Leah, we’d be looking straight at the cult who has already played a huge role in many deaths of its members.

P.S. Leah told People that she’s still worried about Shelley Miscavige. Where’s Shelley?

Leah Remini

Leah Remini

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  1. lucy2 says:

    I wonder how many people didn’t come back from that. Effective way to get rid of troublemakers?

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I know. I hadn’t really thought of them as murderous before but now I’m rethinking that. I also feel like maybe Leah isn’t safe. As obvious as it would be if something happened to her, it seems like something they would do.

  2. Kiki says:

    I will say this, as I having saying to my friends after all these years. Scientology is a cult, not a religion. This church was created by a man who writes science books. It has no philosophies, if so.. I have yet to seen it”… And Tom Cruise is a just a man with sins just like everyone else. The constant need of praise is not sincere and humble. Therefore, this is not a religion, it is a cult creating by a man who write science books. He is not God or Jesus.

    • jwoolman says:

      I think this was just a typo, but L. Ron wrote science fiction, not science books. Bad science fiction at that….

      • FLORC says:

        And church meant as cult?

        Ugh. Co$ response is bs. They can’t even deny her claims without petty attacks 1st.

  3. Bishg says:

    They are disgusting.
    And what kind of vile, dumb non-denial is this?
    It’s clear they simply cannot deny what they know is the absolute truth, so they are now turning to their weapon of choice: mere insult.

    • whipmyhair says:

      Leah is “fair game” to them. Anyone who is against Scientology is fair game. Anything you can do to make their lives miserable or discredit them. Doesn’t matter if it’s illegal. They scare me.

      • workdog says:

        Their responses are essentially “I know you are but what am I” caliber; childish and useless.

        Team Leah.:-)

  4. JenB says:

    WOW. I honestly thought that headline was a metaphor at first glance. This stuff is insane.

  5. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    Wait, she was raised in the cult? Does she have rich/Hollywood parents? I’m confused here.

    • K says:

      No she is the only actress in her family, her mom got into it when she was a kid. Most scientologists aren’t famous that’s how they get away with this stuff. The people they do it to have no voice, it’s why they are actually afraid of Leah she does.

      • kibbles says:

        I realize that most Scientologists aren’t rich and famous, but it does seem like that a significant percentage of celebrities not only joined the cult but were raised in the cult at an early age. I didn’t even realize that Jennifer Lopez’s father was a Scientologist until several days ago. Does Scientology have a strong enough Hollywood connection that it helps some of its members break into show business? That is something I’ve always wondered.

      • Anne de Vries says:

        Kibbles: yes it does, and that’s actually what they use to recruit aspiring actors/movie business people. Offer them a seat at a dinner table with a couple of well-connected people and drag them in that way.

        It all seems so benign and when you’re looking for your break… that’s why all this information flooding is so great, they can’t hide behind their benign facade anymore. Their recruitment must be down to zero by now

    • Liv says:

      I think her mother joined the cult when she was 7 or 8 years old. I believe she doesn’t have rich parents – that’s not a must to be with Scientology, is it?

    • lucy2 says:

      I think that’s why her story is so interesting to me – she has seen all sides of it, not just the cushy celebrity side, and is spilling it all.
      I think her mother joined when she and her sister were kids, and worked for them for many, many years. Probably for no pay in exchange for horrible living conditions.

  6. Lindy79 says:

    I thinks she’s making more waves purely because as a cast member of King of Queens which aired on a main network, she’s more instantly recognisable to a lot of people who maybe wouldn’t have given Going Clear a second glance, or wouldn’t have HBO.

    • Tiny Martian says:

      Was making waves supposed to be a joke based on the headline?

      Regardless, I honestly don’t care what her motivation is. Personally, I wish every single person who grew up in this cult and managed to escape it would write a book about their experiences. The more the merrier! Anything to expose the truth behind this so-called religion and to help keep others from joining it.

      • Lindy79 says:

        No it wasn’t. The article had this comment so I was responding accordingly.

        “I think Leah’s book is making almost as many waves as Going Clear as an HBO documentary”

  7. Patricia says:

    I watched the documentary Going Clear last night. It was like a horror movie, my blood was running cold.

    I know Travolta and crazy Tom are accountable for their own actions. At the same time though it made me feel incredibly sad for them, especially Travolta. He seems to be a deeply troubled man who has lots of demons he wants to keep hidden, and not a very smart man to boot. Very sad.

    The movie was heartbreaking and makes you realize quite clearly that leaving this (or any) cult takes a huge amount of courage and it shatters your life. Big respect for Leah. The brainwashing is methodical and very real. She has a lot to overcome even still.

    • Nancy says:

      Patricia: I feel bad for Travolta as well. I remember reading when he was in his early 20’s he was in love with Diana Hyland? and held her as she was dying of cancer. He was so popular and got lost somewhere down the road. Then to lose his son….yipes. Vinnie Barberino, up your nose with a rubber hose 🙁

    • Nic919 says:

      If Travolta came out then Scientology wouldn’t be able to hold that over his head. He has already lost a son because of this cult.

      On another note, is the FBI investigating Miscavige? If not why not? There are crimes happening here.

      • Patricia says:

        I so agree with you. He should come out of the cult and say “go ahead, release my secrets that I told in confidence to my ‘religion'”. Because the people in the cult really do believe it is a religion.
        Could you imagine any other religion doing such a thing? What if priests published secrets and personal info given in confession if a Catholic left the church? Unthinkable!

        If Travoltas secrets were divulged (such as probably being gay which isn’t something to be ashamed of anyway) the cult would come off looking even worse then ever. And Travolta could hold his head up and live his life. But I think they have him so scared that he never will. They probably make him feel ashamed of who he is, and convince him they are the only people who would ever care for him in the world. So bizarre and sad.

      • sauvage says:

        In my mind, that is part of what “The truth will set you free.” actually means. If the truth is out there and you take full responsibility for everything you’ve done, what can people hold against you? Absolutely nothing! Once you’re free, you’re free.

      • lucy2 says:

        I’ve been saying the same for a while, he should just say screw it, come out, and break away from them. Let them try to trash him – people would support him for his decision. He seems very unhappy, like a man forced to hide his whole life.

  8. NerdMomma says:

    The nice thing is that it’s consistently being referred to as a cult by many outlets now. This site has been calling it a cult for years now, but others were still trying to call it a church. This is progress!

    • justagirl says:

      Yes. Meanwhile the NY Post had a bizarre article, one of their writers questioning why it’s still considered acceptable to attack this religion, but not others…

      Even if you overlook the questionable origins (science-fiction writer specifically targeting the rich), the fact that this “religion” advocates child-slavery, spying/tattling amongst members, physical punishment of members, isolation, and expensive “fines”…that’s not a religion.

  9. Pinky says:

    Leah my girl!

    She’s also feesing up to her own dark past and those of her family, because CO$ would have tried to use it against her. If they have nothing to hold over you, they really don’t have anything.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      I am really admiring her, too. So effing brave! Thank goodness her whole family left the cult with her. I’d hate to hear of that “disconnection” happening. And I’m really thrilled for her daughter!

  10. paolanqar says:

    Yes, and where is Tom’s mother too?

    I remember Tom’s kids used to call Katie ‘mum’ I guess that’s not happening any more either!

    Something is very fishy here.. I think Scientology wanted to get rid of Leah a while ago ( she mentioned that at Tom and Katie’s wedding they saw Leah as barring the road to JLo. I think she was working against them for a while there resisting in her own way) and now she’s going deep into details for the treatment she received.
    It feels like she thinks Cos people have been very ungrateful towards her.

    I hope she sleeps with security and nothing happens to her, sooner or later FBI will have to stop ignoring the signals and start doing something.

    • Ripley says:

      the whole Shelley question gives me goosebumps when I think about it. Then when you think about Tom’s mom. Wives, moms… Katie Holmes (& Co) was so smart. Terrifying. #whereisshelley Should be a hashtag every time someone speaks about Scientology. Not saying, I’m just saying.

  11. K says:

    I’m loving this she is giving no f’s and spilling the tea. She also has way more power then the going clear movie to expose them because of her fame and popularity. People like her, they know her they want to hear her story vs. random people they’ve never heard of which is sad but a reality of our society.

    Plus she is already laying out all her own dirt so they can’t even try that. I’ve liked her since saved by the bell but this move man I just freaking love her!

  12. Pandy says:

    I love her outfit for a book signing – but why is her face so smushy looking? I admire her for writing this book but you know, she is someone who makes everything about her. The CO$ did get that right LOLLL.

    • sauvage says:

      That’s part of how cult mind control works – telling people that they are the chosen ones, “us” against “them”. Cults are based on narcissism, essentially (which, in parts, has to do with the fact that an awful many cult leaders are malignant narcissists).

      Leah Remini just broke free two years ago, and she has 37 years of cult mind control to shed. Give her time, she’ll get there. The fact that she is speaking out and exposing this particular cult for what it is takes an awful lot of courage. If she were all about her, she would hide and just concentrate on her own healing. In speaking up, she’s opening doors for others to get out as well.

      I have nothing but respect for the lady.

    • Lama Bean says:

      That skirt is everything.

    • K says:

      Umm isn’t this her story? How could it not be about her? Im not saying she might not do that she is a famous actress so you know they all do but it’s an autobiography it’s about the author.

  13. Crumpet says:

    I genuinely believe that the police (or FBI) were able to contact Shelley and she told them she is fine in her single room cabin at 14,000 feet. Because she is just as brainwashed as any of the other hundreds of people who are still involved with the cult.

    • antipodean says:

      I think probably the truth about Shelley is, yes she has been brain washed to believe that she is not being held against her will, and that she somehow deserves the treatment she is getting for transgressions against the Great Supreme Being Miscabbage, all five foot of him! I would suggest that the real reason is that Miscabbage wants to play around with any nubile young woman he fancies, without the inconvenience of a present wife. After all he is the incarnation of LRH on earth.
      It is also telling that Paul Haggis is appearing with, and supporting Leah on her book tour. He has been there, he knows the dangers, and is obviously backing her 100% Good for him.
      Also where is Mary?

    • Lama Bean says:

      Really? I just think she’s dead. Hate to sound harsh but I think they took care of her.

      • Jayna says:

        No. And Tony Ortega said Leah got it wrong in the book. She was seen by the police officer. He also said she’s not in the Hole, but she is in a very isolated place, put there by David, that no one can get to her. How can Tom hang around a man who has done this to his wife? Great read below on it. Here’s an excerpt from the link.

        “And, for the many people just now learning about this stuff: No, Shelly was never a prisoner in “the Hole.” (And it bewilders us that Leah raises this possibility in her book.) The Hole was a special and bizarre office-prison that David Miscavige created from a couple of double-wide trailers at the International Base near Hemet. It’s not a secret who were the many prisoners there, in a base that has had numerous defectors who brought out information about it. There is no possible way that Shelly could have been a prisoner in “The Hole” without it being well known. Shelly was shipped instead to an entirely different facility, a super-secret compound near Lake Arrowhead, California that almost no Scientology executives ever stepped foot in, let alone knew where it was. This was the headquarters of CST, the most secretive of Scientology’s many entities. Shelly is there with only a dozen or so other CST employees, and she has almost no contact with the outside world, even her own family. Is she resigned to her fate? Would she leave if given the chance?”

        “Can David Miscavige really get away with this for as long as he wants? It’s a pretty neat trick. Imprison your wife for a decade after having a fight with her, and then call someone who cared enough to inquire about her welfare “disingenuous.”


      • Jayna says:

        Also, she must be in bad shape, a victim of their Truth Rundowns, which is like brainwashing, where everything becomes your fault. The fact that he won’t produce his own wife publicly for years says it all to me. She’s not the same person she left as, mentally beaten down. He is an evil man, and Tom is right in the thick of all of this with him as his close confident and his right-hand man basically in many ways.


  14. sauvage says:

    I think I will just recommend these two books in every comment section on every $cientology/ Quiverfull thread:

    #1 – Steven Hassan: “Combatting Cult Mind Control” and
    #2 – Russell Miller: “Bare-Faced Messiah”

    I didn’t get why people joined or stayed in a destructive cult, until I learned about mind control practices. Now I TOTALLY get it. Also, one of the most important sentences in “CCMC”, for me, was: “You don’t join a destructive cult. You are recruited.” – There is ALWAYS deception involved. Nobody joins with their eyes open.

    And Miller wrote the first honest biography of Lafayette Ron Hubbard. Stranger than (science) ficition on a huge scale.

    I recommend that everybody who wants to understand about destructive cults read recommendation #1, and everybody interested in $cientology specifically read #2 as well. Oh, and if you research online: AVOID THE SO-CALLED “CULT AWARENESS NETWORK” (CAN) AT ALL COSTS. They were sued into bankrupcy by a certain cult, and the name and logo, phone number, case history – are now owned by $cientology.

    • justagirl says:

      Steven Hassan’s book is also relevant for abusive relationships, for families of the victim to understand what they’re up against. Victims of abuse often strongly identify with their abuser, just like cults. Breaking that bond is key.

      Just like cults, they’ve had psychological and emotional abuse, sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle, wearing them down. The book is also a wake-up for anyone who’s been in an abusive relationship but didn’t recognize it as such. It’s frightening to see the parallels with cults.

      • sauvage says:

        Thank you for pointing this out, justagirl. I should have put this information in my comment as well.

        Hassan’s book is also a must-read for survivors of therapist abuse, by the way.

        Hassan specifically states that a cult can include any number of people – from only two, as in: one cult leader, one cult member, for lack of a more inclusive term, to an indefinite number of people. The common predominating factor is the fact that mind control is being used to keep the other, or others, in this, again, for lack of a better word: cult mindset.

  15. AmyB says:

    I never really knew much about Scientology (of course I had heard about followers like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley), but never understood this “religion”. Well, past few days, I watched HBO’s Going Clear, read Tony Ortega’s blog (Underground Bunker), Mike Rinder’s blog and watched interviews with Paul Haggis, Leah Remini (in her ABC 20/20 interview), Jason Begle and other ex-Scientologists…..WOW is the only word that comes to mind. The fact that this organization is still alive is unbelievable. The IRS needs to take away their tax-exemption, they need to be prosecuted for child labor violations, felony charges (how many people have to come forward and claim that David Miscavige beat them up?), find the whereabouts of Miscavige’s missing wife. The list goes on and on. Horrible that many of these people (Leah Remini included) are brought into this crap as a child. Children don’t know any better. Good for the people who left Scientology and are dedicated to revealing what a sham it really is. I won’t even comment on that Xenu crap LOL!! 🙂 And as for Cruise and Travolta? I will never look at them the same way again, because there is no way (in our age of modern technology and the Internet) that these fools are ignorant about the workings of this church…ahh I mean CULT. You go girl Leah! Tell me how badly Miscavige must be sh***ing his pants right now.

  16. OTHER RENEE says:

    I may have told this story before… When I was a teenager walking in Cambridge, Mass., I was approached by someone asking me to take a survey. I asked what kind of survey. All she said was that it was a “public service.” Not being in a rush I agreed. Stupidly I followed the woman into a house and sat at a table with others also taking the survey. Afterwards I was taken into an office where a guy proceeded to tell me what areas of my life needed improvement and how taking classes they were offering could help me. I declined. He then asked me to at least buy the book “Dianetics” from him and again I declined saying I had no money. He became red faced and IRATE. “You don’t even have enough to just buy the book!?” he hollered at me. I got scared and bolted. It left such a frightening impression on me that 37 years later I still see every detail of it in my mind. That’s how these people operate. Intimidation. Lies. Punishment.

    • sarah says:

      WOW!!!! That happened to me in Boston, they set up shop at the corner of Mass Ave and Newbury Street (high rent shopping /housing district) I was in 7th grade…I was NOT into it…but was a little afraid that my friend who went into the brownstone with me was really into it!!! WE left and went home to the suburbs right away.

      • OTHER RENEE says:

        Wow, Sarah, unbelievable! Actually, it’s totally and unfortunately believable. I don’t remember the exact location but I do remember it being Cambridge because I lived in Brookline and felt like walking somewhere I didn’t usually walk and maybe i went shopping. (I lied to the Dianetics dude cuz i didnt want his stupid book.) Maybe it was the same exact house! It was late 1970s. How dumb were we to go into a strange house? Kids never learn… And there I was all alone. Dumb twat that I was!

  17. belle de jour says:

    I’d be interested to learn more about the U.S. Government’s definition of a ‘religion’ – and what factors are considered when granting tax exemption status, for instance, to a ‘church’ or religious organization; in other words, what does it take (or if there is an official profile of things necessary) to be considered legit? I have no idea whether there’s any theological criteria or comparative analysis going on in that process, whether a ‘church’ or ‘religion’ has to tick off enough boxes on a pre-established list, etc.

    By the same token, I’d be interested if there is an official government definition of ‘cult’ – and if there is, does it carry any weight in a courtroom, legal proceeding, exempt status confirmation… things of that nature?

    Even if L.Ron was crafty enough to create an intricate mythology, version of history, vision of the future, etc. that was in some ways similar enough to more stablished churches and religions, I don’t understand enough about the blurry lines that keep the state from stepping in for genuine criminal activity and abuse.

  18. Jayna says:

    I believe that John Travolta isn’t as involved with the church anymore. He hasn’t left them, but I think believes in the teachings of Scientology but not the church the way it is run by David and Tom. At least, I’d like to think that.

    Leah is protective over him it seems, calling him a sweet man and just that he believes in the technology of Scientology, I thought that was very pointed the way she said it on WWHL. Of course, he has defended the teachings of the church since Going Clear, saying it helped him. So I’m probably wrong. Head in sand, not wanting to see. But he’s not an egomaniac nut like Tom.

    • justagirl says:

      I agree. He’s not part of Tom’s inner circle, so being on the outside would affect his rise in the ranks. His career has stumbled, so he’s not as attractive to the “big beings”, plus so many rumors of his indiscretions that he’s no doubt been punished for.

      I think he’s very troubled to begin with, doesn’t want to lose his family, and is afraid of the CO$ revealing all his secrets, plus he has self-worth issues from being in the cult so long. It really is an abusive organization that gets tax breaks.

  19. FLORC says:

    I adore Leah’s outfit head to toe here. Lovely and strong.

  20. Jayna says:

    Remember that Scientology girl that was auditioned for Tom and she came into his disfavor and was dumped and treated horribly by the church, sent into menial labor and called a traitor? I thought she and her parents were still in the church, but I guess finally they were so disgusted with how she was treated and them they left. She’s never talked and can’t I imagine. But enough of the story was given to Vanity Fair that you knew she was a source. Here is a tidbit from Marty Rathbun, ex-high-ranking Scientologist assigned to Cruise, giving a quote of what Tom said. Tom is as crazy as that videotape of him showed. This excerpt is from Marty’s book and I’m quoting from an archived Tony Ortega blog discussing Rathbun’s book. Nazanin Boniadi was the handpicked girl.
    Read Tom’s insane quote below. It’s mind-boggling.

    “Rathbun appears to be getting this account from Boniadi. For example, in one scene he describes Cruise laying into her after she had disappointed Miscavige: “Nazanin could hardly believe what she was hearing,” Rathbun writes.

    Rathbun then relates this outburst from Cruise, which is in quote marks in the book:

    “Dave and me, we’re big beings. We are surrounded by DB’s (degraded beings). Dbs can’t help but try to destroy big beings. That’s just the way it is in this universe. You have to understand this. This is LRH, man. It’s the plight of the big being getting jumped on by all the degraded beings. You gotta be unreasonable to survive around a big being like me. You can’t be weak. You gotta be strong to protect the big being from all the degraded beings.”

    Soon after that scene, Rathbun writes, Tommy Davis escorted Boniadi out of Cruise’s house. “Ultimately, the big being Tom Cruise was not big enough to muster the courage to tell Nazanin that she was being terminated from the secret project of finding him an acceptable wife,” he writes.

    Boniadi has not spoken publicly about Cruise or the allegations in the Vanity Fair story. But the way Rathbun writes this, it appears to be a big challenge to Miscavige — Rathbun appears to be daring Miscavige to sue Boniadi over talking about the details she was under contract to keep secret, or many other ex-Scientologists who are kept gagged may speak out as well.”

    OMG. Tom calls himself a “big being.” LOL He has turned into a fanatical zealot with delusions of grandeur.


  21. Jayna says:

    More from that Tony Ortega link regarding Rathbun’s book.

    “Around 2002, Rathbun writes, Miscavige began to convince Cruise that the two of them were “big beings,” and the rest of the world — even other dedicated Scientologists — were “degraded beings.”

    “It was to demonstrate this, Rathbun believes, that Miscavige then began to treat his own staff so harshly, and in January 2004, created an actual prison for his top executives, which became known as “The Hole.” News accounts of The Hole have been coming out for years, and earlier this year former church executive Debbie Cook testified in court to its horrors. Now, Rathbun attempts to explain Miscavige’s mindset for the sadistic behavior — he was trying to prove to Cruise that even those closest to them were craven, sick failures.

    Rathbun claims that Cruise then reflected that behavior by treating his own staff in sadistic ways. “[Cruise] was convinced the degraded beings were steadily sabotaging him, stalking him like the zombies from Night of the Living Dead…Miscavige was happy to have Tom ape his own psychotic behavior.”

  22. Gigi says:

    When you’re in Sea Org you’re never done for the day.

  23. Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

    ID on it, anyone?