Leah Remini Only Recently Found Out That Her Father Died A Month Ago (And Yes, Scientology Is To Blame For That)
Leah Remini and her father, George Anthony Remini, had a strained relationship in life, which she wrote about in her memoir Troublemaker. Since Leah was considered an SP (suppressive person) after leaving Scientology, she hadn’t talked to her father, who stayed in the cult, in years, and says that Scientology used him in smear campaigns against her. Leah reveals this and more when she posted about how her father sadly passed away before they could reconcile. And she says that thanks to Scientology, she and her sisters didn’t even find out about it until a month after the funeral.
Leah had previously tweeted about her dad and said: “My real dad left his wife and young daughters with no care, no child support & was physically and mentally abusive to my sisters.” So of course things were not the best between them and they were estranged. In her new post, Leah suggests that this estrangement became exacerbated by her work against Scientology, as she claims the organization was using him against her in smear campaigns.
Leah got into it in a sad Instagram post about how she wished things could have ended differently with her father, but because of Scientology, she was so cut off from him there was no way.
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On Friday, I received a message from my sister Nicole, who had been contacted by a stranger passing on his condolences for the passing of our father, George Anthony Remini. We had no idea that he had died a month ago. We weren’t aware that he had been sick leading up to his death. A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it. We were not able to say goodbye. He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn’t help but love him. If you read my book, you’ll know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter’s painfully endless love and hope. Regardless of his neglect and abuse, I had hoped to one day have some closure. I hoped for him to acknowledge who he had been and what he had done to us as his children. That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet I can’t help but grieve. I am angry at myself for crying for someone who didn’t ever cry for me. I am angry that I still wanted this man’s love, I’m angry that the last chapter in our relationship was dictated by Scientology. Scientology took my dad in as a pawn against me and likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart that might have been left in him. I’m angry that Scientology found his personal weak spots and got him on board not with their beliefs but with their smear campaign against me. That was his last presence in my life. Knowing my father, after taking the offer from Scientology to betray me, he wouldn’t have thought that he could ever come back from that in our relationship. If he thought that, though, he would have been wrong. I would have forgiven him as I always did. The little girls inside of my sisters and me will never forgive Scientology for taking away our last chance to have the one thing we always wanted from our father… And that was for him to say “I’m sorry and I loved you.”
The Blast says that even though no one thought to tell Leah or her sisters about her father’s death, they did indeed still mention them, albeit briefly, in the obituary for George.
Sadly, someone in Scientology is probably having a partay on one of those measles boats where all the Sea Org members are working like slaves to make sure people can have the time of their lives. Because inflicting pain on Leah Remini seems to thoroughly give them joy and here’s a boatload of it. Tom Cruise is going to eat well tonight.