Church of Scientology attorneys have formally filed an anti-SLAAP go well with as a part of the religion’s protection of the vast majority of claims in actress Leah Remini’s amended civil harassment/defamation grievance, by which the previous church member alleges that intimidation of her picked up after she first sued the church this summer season.
Scientology attorneys had knowledgeable Los Angeles Superior Courtroom Decide Randolph Hammock earlier this month about their intentions, and on Thursday they formally filed the anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Towards Public Participation) go well with primarily based on a legislation meant to forestall folks from utilizing courts, and potential threats of a lawsuit, to intimidate those that are exercising their First Modification rights.
Church legal professionals state of their court docket papers that they decided that the overwhelming majority of the allegations within the 68-page revised go well with implicates the church’s constitutionally protected speech or exercise.
“This lawsuit is nothing however an try by (Remini) to cease (the) Church of Scientology Worldwide and Spiritual Know-how Middle from responding to her hateful assaults with truthful speech,” the church legal professionals state of their court docket papers.
Remini desires to impose legal responsibility on the church for stating opinions about Remini’s “hateful conduct,” together with that she continues to defend a person discovered responsible for rape, the church attorneys additional keep.
“Certainly … plaintiff has not recognized a single assertion by the church that’s neither an opinion nor true,” the Scientology legal professionals state of their court docket papers.
When stripped of the allegations that rely upon nonactionable statements, protected petitioning and that violate the statute of limitations, there’s “nearly nothing left” of Remini’s go well with, in response to the church attorneys’ court docket papers.
A listening to by Hammock on the anti-SLAPP movement is scheduled for Nov. 28.
Remini’s unique go well with was introduced Aug. 2 and included allegations of civil harassment, stalking, intentional infliction of emotional misery and defamation. Scientology chief David Miscavige can also be a defendant in each the primary go well with and the up to date grievance.
“Within the quick time period since Ms. Remini’s grievance was filed, Ms. Remini and others have been topic to continued, aggressive harassment,” in response to the amended go well with, which cites for example a Scientology assertion sustaining that the actress’ remarks had “generated threats of and precise violence towards the church and its members” and suggesting that she take into account transferring to Russia.
As well as, because the lawsuit was filed, there was proof of potential fraud flagged on a number of of Remini’s bank cards and lately the enterprise of Remini’s tutor was hacked, inflicting a $15,000 loss to his enterprise account, in response to the revised grievance. Earlier than the lawsuit was introduced, the tutor acquired Scientology promotions at his house, signaling the religion’s consciousness when people are related to the actress, the amended go well with states.
In her up to date grievance filed Aug. 29, the 53-year-old “The King of Queens” star seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, and he or she repeats her allegation that Scientologists “have undertaken a marketing campaign to wreck and destroy the life and livelihood of Leah Remini, a former Scientologist of practically 40 years, a two-time Emmy-award successful producer, actress and New York Instances best-selling creator, after she was deemed a suppressive individual and declared truthful sport by Scientology in 2013, when she publicly departed Scientology.”
For the previous decade, Remini has been stalked, surveilled, harassed, threatened, intimidated and “been the sufferer of intentional malicious and fraudulent rumors through a whole lot of Scientology-controlled and coordinated social media accounts that exist solely to intimidate and unfold misinformation,” the up to date go well with alleges.
The group additionally has “incessantly harassed, threatened, intimidated and embarrassed Ms. Remini’s members of the family, pals, colleagues and enterprise associates, inflicting her to lose private relationships, enterprise contracts and different enterprise alternatives,” the amended go well with once more alleges.
“With this lawsuit, I hope to guard my rights as afforded by the structure of the US to talk the reality and report the information about Scientology,” Remini mentioned in a earlier assertion. “I really feel strongly that the banner of spiritual freedom doesn’t give anybody license to intimidate, harass and abuse those that train their First Modification rights.”
Remini launched the e book “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” in 2015, and hosted the A&E documentary sequence “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” from 2016-19.
— Metropolis Information Service