‘Leah Remini: Scientology’ accuses church of harassment

Source: USA Today

BY Erin Jensen, USA TODAY

This week, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath took us to Clearwater, Fla., where a former Scientologist claimed to be on the receiving end of treatment he previously dished out to enemies of the Church.

Leah Remini, the executive producer, sat down with Mike Rinder and his current wife, Christie. Rinder, identified as a former International Church spokesman, said he was tasked with trying to “discredit and destroy critics who spoke out against the Church.”

“If the Church believed that someone was an enemy that needed to be silenced or destroyed, it was my job and I did it,” Rinder said. “If I was told to follow someone, I made it happen. If I was told to discredit someone, dig up dirt on them, get their backgrounds investigated I made it happen.”

Rinder departed from the Church in 2007, leaving behind his two children, a wife of 31 years, his mother and his brother.

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