When ABC News reported that Leah Remini is planning a tell-all book, Scientology sent a response, which ABC posted. In it, the Church said:
The stale rumor being circulated by unreliable bloggers about [Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts] was answered definitively by her counsel a year ago and published in Us Magazine and The Telegraph in the UK, as you can see here: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/5-things-you-dont-know-about-scientology-leader-david-miscavige-201257 …
So I went to go see, and sure enough, the Us article (5 Things You Don’t Know About Scientology Leader David Miscavige) says this:
Miscavige’s wife, Michelle “Shelly” Miscavige — a fellow Sea Org member who is said to have set up Cruise and Holmes in 2005 — has not been seen in public since 2007. “She is not missing. Any reports that she is missing are false,” an attorney for Shelly told Us Weekly Friday. “Mrs. Miscavige has been working non-stop in the Church, as she always has.”
But it – and by it, I mean this same article to which Scientology directed ABC and its readers, which of course you know, but this is so delicious that I just have to point it out again – also says this:
“My experience in growing up in Scientology is that it is both mentally and at times physically abusive,” Miscavige’s niece, former Scientologist Jenna Miscavige Hill, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We got a lousy education from unqualified teachers, forced labor, long hours, forced confessions, being held in rooms, not to mention the mental anguish of trying to figure out all of the conflicting information they force upon you as a young child.”
Boy, I sure am glad the Church sent ABC and its readers to that Us article! Hey, Scientology PR flacks – you want a bandage for that foot bullet, or are you going to handle it with a “touch assist”?