Leah Remini didn’t just quit Scientology in 2013. When she left she supported others who had made a similar break. One story Remini has worked to support is that of Paulette Cooper, subject of Tony Ortega‘s remarkable book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper. (One review says of Ortega’s account: “the details are worthy of John le Carre.”) In 1971 Cooper wrote a book that Scientology tried to suppress to the point of nearly destroying her life, according to Ortega.
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Despite facing similar potential repercussions, Remini not only fled Scientology, she’s been outspoken against the organization. Remini has even supported Ortega’s book by showing up in person to help promote it — and to support other survivors. Scientology, according to Ortega, declared Remini a “suppressive person” (SP), officially excommunicating her from the religion, but also potentially triggering what Ortega calls its “sophisticated revenge apparatus” to target her. It can use this apparatus to go after her fortune and other things it allegedly did to Cooper, who was “bullied, threatened and terrorized by a rapacious criminal enterprise seeking her total ruination.” In addition, an SP can no longer communicate with an active Scientologist, so Remini can’t reach out to her friends inside. Yet Remini remains undaunted. Her interview with 20/20 will air Friday at 10pm on ABC. It’s a sneak peek at the reveal Remini makes in Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.