Mike Rinder and Leah Remini are going all in with their support of fellow ex-cultist and accused sexual assaulter Paul Haggis. In a joint statement posted to Mike Rinder’s blog, the anti-Scientology Scooby gang of two use the old “he’s a good man” argument, and added that the charges against Paul might be a deep pocketed Scientology hit job.
Let’s start with the lame and tired defense. Here is part of the statement. You can read it in its entirety here.
Paul Haggis is a good man who has been a friend to us and so many others. He has championed the rights of women, the LGBT community and has fought for and devoted himself to the underprivileged in the world. These are not “PR stunts” — he has devoted his time, skill and money to worthy causes without fanfare for decades.
Like all of us, Paul Haggis is not perfect. Unlike a lot of us, he is truly a gentleman. A gentle man, with impeccable manners and a generous heart.
So what? This means nothing when it comes to sexual assault. A person can be a fucking sleazebag in $5 shit-stained sweatpants and belch while he touches his penis in front of an unwilling audience, or he can wear a $5,000 tuxedo, mind his Ps and Qs, doff his hat and still molest someone without permission. And bringing in his “good works” is completely irrelevant as well. Newsflash: Woke pervs are a thing that exist!
Things get interesting when the statement reminds us that Scientologists are constantly being “audited” by the “church”, wherein they spill their guts about every little thing they may have done, said or felt weird about. Those auditing sessions can then be used for nefarious purposes. The statement continues:
Only a scientologist can understand the pressure one feels to offer up even the slightest thing that the scientology organization might consider a transgression of THEIR mores. This information is used against anyone who departs scientology and dares speak their mind. This is not imaginary. There is a documented history of such things. When someone is declared an “enemy” by scientology, they are fair game.
With the name of everyone one might have thought of, flirted with or taken on a date, it takes little imagination to conjure a string of accusers being contacted and suddenly appearing out of the woodwork.
Of course, just because the organization has a really shitty way of getting a list of possible victims together, doesn’t automatically discredit what those people have to say. But it does complicate things. Mike and Leah’s statement adds that any accusations that are directed at Paul that are not coming in through law enforcement avenues are suspect.
And then, in case you forgot, they remind you what a “gentleman” and “humanitarian” he is which really punches a hole in their sails, if you ask me.