Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology crusade traps Elisabeth Moss


As Elisabeth Moss looks forward to possibly winning an Emmy Award next month for her stunning performance in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” she is also facing scrutiny for her lifelong membership in the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini accepts the award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming’ for ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ at the TCA Awards. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) 

That scrutiny is a consequence of ramped-up efforts by Leah Remini, a fellow Emmy nominee and ex-Church member, to get the FBI and other federal agencies to investigate the self-fulfillment movement for what Remini alleges are widespread abusive and corrupt practices.

Then again, Moss brought some of that attention on herself this past week, when she reportedly walked out of the room when Remini was accepting an award from the Television Critics Association Saturday in Beverly Hills.

Both women were honored at the event that is a precursor to the Emmys Sept. 17: Moss, 35, for “Handmaid’s Tale” and Remini, 47, for her A&E documentary series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which investigates the Church and its cult-like activities.

A writer attending the ceremony tweeted about Moss’ unhappiness over Remni’s win, saying “Scientologist Elisabeth Moss left the room while Leah Remini accepted her TCA award. Hope she still heard what Leah said.”

The clash between the actresses escalated Wednesday when the Hollywood Reporter published a profile of Remini, in which she talks being a member of the Church for 34 years before leaving after raising questions about its practices.

Elisabeth Moss attends the 2017 Summer TCA Awards Cocktail Reception held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)
Elisabeth Moss attends the 2017 Summer TCA Awards (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) 

Remini also discusses her 2015 tell-all book, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” a New York Times best-seller that details her bitter experiences in the Church. In the interview, she vows that season 2 of her A&E series will expose physical and sexual abuses that she says are widespread in the Church.

Moss’ name came up in the context of the upcoming Emmy Awards. Remini is asked what would happen if she crossed paths with Moss. Remini explains that Moss “believes that she can’t talk to me.”

“She believes that I’m an antisocial personality — because I’ve spoken out against Scientology,” said Remini, who also co-stars with Kevin James in the CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait.”

“So she isn’t allowed to talk to me,” Remini continued. “And me knowing that, I wouldn’t put her in the awkward position.”

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