In actress Leah Remini’s war on Scientology, which has been documented in the A&E series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” Scientology is firing back.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the church is blaming a killing outside a Scientology building in Australia on Remini and the TV series.
“The incident occurred on Jan. 4 outside Scientology headquarters in Sydney, Australia,” THR reports. “The victim, Chih-Hen Yeh, originally from Taiwan, was a Scientology security worker. Yeh was escorting a female church member to a ‘purification ceremony’ when the woman’s teenaged son stabbed him in the neck with a large kitchen knife, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Yeh died later in a hospital emergency room.”
The 16-year-old alleged assailant, whose name is being withheld, awaits a Feb. 19 court appearance.
“In a letter dated Jan. 11 and sent to A+E Networks Group President Paul Buccieri, Scientology spokeswoman Karen Pouw alleged the assailant ‘spouted vicious religious hatred and propaganda, incited by A&E and the Leah Remini/Mike Rinder series’ before stabbing Yeh,” THR reports.
The report, which includes the letter in its entirety, quotes the letter to Buccieri saying: “For years, A&E executives ignored our warnings that the series was inspiring bigotry and violence. You knew what you were doing. Your intent was to stir up hate and turn it into cash. Now somebody has been murdered.”