Leah Remini hopes her Scientology show will prompt an FBI 'raid' investigating the religion's 'abusive practices'

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Last year, Leah Remini’s A&E docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” shed light on the troubling plight of ex-Scientologists like herself.

The show’s first season has since earned an Emmy nomination.

For the series’ upcoming second season, Remini told The Hollywood Reporter that she plans to take a more “activist” role in a fight to expose what she calls the “abusive practices of Scientology,” including “sexual abuse and physical abuse.”

In doing so, she hopes to provide enough evidence of wrongdoing to prompt a federal investigation into the religion.

I’m talking about the FBI, the police, the Department of Justice, the IRS,” Remini said. “If the FBI ever wanted to get anywhere, all they would need to do is do a raid. Everybody who’s ever gone to Scientology has folders, and anything you’ve ever said is contained in those folders.”

Remini went on to explain to the outlet the various forms of alleged abuse are “foundational” to “Dianetics,” the 1950 book by L. Ron Hubbard that established the religion’s core principles.

She says the religion believes that “a 7-year-old girl should not shudder at being passionately kissed,” and that the parents of a molested child are not allowed to go to the police. According to Remini, the victims of molestation are punished and forced to “do some kind of amends” for abuse perpetrated on them. 

The second season of “Scientology and the Aftermath” — which Remini stars in and executive produces — begins August 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

Read the full profile over at The Hollywood Reporter.

SEE ALSO: All the most shocking things about Scientology, according to Leah Remini’s revealing show

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Scoop: CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS – Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Broadway World

Scoop: CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Wednesday, August 30, 2017On the episode “Unforgettable” – When several federal government employees, including a close friend of Walker’s, succumb to symptoms of a heart attack, the BAU investigates. Also, Reid anxiously awaits his trial date, on a rebroadcast of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, August 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jane Lynch returns as Diana Reid, Dr. Reid’s mother. (Originally broadcast 4/26/17.)

CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison turned profiler, who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as she solves cases; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’ve been captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and Special Agent Simmons who joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise.

As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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Philippine elections chief files criminal raps against wife – ABC News

The Philippine elections chief filed criminal complaints Wednesday against his estranged wife, who has publicly accused him of amassing unexplained wealth and receiving commissions from a law firm whose clients include a company that provided vote-counting machines in last year’s presidential polls.

Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista said the allegations made by his wife, Patricia Paz Bautista, and her lawyers “are all lies” and that he’s filed complaints that include robbery and extortion against her. Her lawyer has denied the charges.

“It was my hope that we could still fix our marital problems or at least address them in a civil and decent manner,” Bautista said in a statement sent to The Associated Press, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte tried to help mediate.

Bautista, however, said “it is now clear she is motivated by greed and that she will stop at nothing to besmirch my reputation and that of my family for the purpose of financial gain.”

Bautista, who was once a nominee for the chief justice, has said the problem wasn’t connected to and won’t likely affect the outcome of the May 9 elections last year. Duterte won the presidency with a huge margin of more than 16 million votes. Leni Robredo emerged as vice president with a slim margin over Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., a son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator.

Members of Congress, senators and the Department of Justice have called for an investigation of the looming scandal his wife has dubbed “my telenovela.”

In a news conference with selected journalists last week, Bautista’s wife said she found dozens of her husband’s bank books, real estate property documents, checks, offshore investment papers and commission slips in their home late last year showing his wealth to be worth about 1 billion pesos ($19.8 million).

That was higher than the 176.3 million pesos ($3.5 million) in assets he declared last year in an annual disclosure required of all government officials, she said, adding she and her husband have been estranged since 2013.

“I found passbooks, properties that I have never heard of but belonged to Andy, found money, cash gift-wrapped,” she said. “I realized that these things could actually be items of question, things that could get my children in trouble, me into trouble.”

A law firm, whose clients included a Venezuelan company that provided electronic vote-counting machines in last year’s elections, sent checks to the elections chief, she said.

Her husband said that the money was payment for condominium units he sold to the law firm’s owner, whois his friend. The law firm said it did not represent the Venezuelan company over any legal issue before the Elections Commission.

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