Leah Remini's Claim That Scientology Leader's Wife Is Missing Is "Unfounded": LAPD

Celebrity News Aug. 8, 2013 AT 6:00PM
Leah Remini on July 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California Leah Remini filed a missing person report for Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife recently. Credit: David Livingston/Getty

Leah Remini is making a not-so-quiet exit from the Church of Scientology. The King of Queens actress, who made headlines after publicly cutting ties with the Church in July, has now filed a missing person's report for Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife Shelly, an LAPD spokesperson confirms to Us Weekly.

"We can confirm that the missing person report has been taken and that's all the information we have at this time," the spokesperson tells Us.

A statement from Media Relations, Church of Scientology International, released to Us late Thursday, said, "The Los Angeles Police Department has already stated that the case is closed and that the report filed by Leah Remini was unfounded."

"This ill-advised, ludicrous self-promotion and the media inquiries it generated caused an inexcusable distraction for the LAPD in an era when the time and resources of its officers are stretched thin each day. Creating this unnecessary burden for law enforcement was even more irresponsible given the entire episode was nothing more than a publicity stunt for Ms. Remini, cooked up with unemployed, anti-religious zealots who blog on the fringe of the Internet. Sadly, rather than move on with her life and career, Ms. Remini has aligned herself with a handful of untrustworthy, lunatic tabloid sources who obsessively harass the Church to advance their selfish agendas."

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Shelly has not been seen in the public in six years, according to writer Tony Ortega. Ortega, whose site, The Underground Bunker, discusses the inner workings of the organization, reports that Remini, 43, filed the report in Los Angeles recently. 

Ortega reports that Shelly was transferred to a "secret compound near Lake Arrowhead in the mountains above Los Angeles," in early 2006, where a dozen Scientologists are housed, "completely cut off from the outside world."

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An attorney for Shelly assures Us that the Scientology practitioner is "not missing." 

"Any reports that she is missing are false," the attorney tells Us. "Mrs. Miscavige has been working non-stop in the Church, as she always has."

Remini reportedly asked about Shelly's absence at the 2006 wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and was admonished for asking questions. The incident was one in a series that eventually led to the actress' decision to leave Scientology for good, a source told Us in July.

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"She thought about this over a long time," the source said, confirming that Remini's entire family has left the Church. The former Talk co-host was born and raised into the religion.

The actress is planning on writing a tell-all memoir about her experiences that will include "everything that's taboo to talk about," she told Us.

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