Leah Remini has fired a forceful salvo at the church of Scientology, which she reportedly exited last month after decades of devotion. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed a report from Scientology authority/critic Tony Ortega that the actress filed a missing person report on Wednesday for Shelly Miscavige, the wife of church overlord David Miscavige.
Shelly, who was once friendly with Remini, apparently hasn't been seen in public for six years.
But the LAPD, without elaborating, quickly shut the matter down. "The investigation has been closed," a department spokesman said in a statement on Thursday (via Reuters), "and we consider the report to be unfounded."
TMZ says the police had a "face-to-face" with Shelly.
Meanwhile, a Scientology mouthpiece called the police report filing an "ill-advised" and "ludicrous self-promotion."
"Creating this unnecessary burden for law enforcement was even more irresponsible given the entire episode was nothing more than a publicity stunt for Ms. Remini, cooked up with unemployed, anti-religious zealots who blog on the fringe of the Internet," the rep told us in a statement. "Sadly, rather than move on with her life and career, Ms. Remini has aligned herself with a handful of untrustworthy, lunatic tabloid sources who obsessively harass the church to advance their selfish agendas."
Word is, one of the reasons Remini finally climbed out of L. Ron Hubbard's cupboard was because of lingering questions over Shelly's whereabouts (Ortega believes she may have been transferred to a "secret compound near Lake Arrowhead in the mountains above Los Angeles" in late 2005 or early 2006).
The saga seemingly began at Tom Cruise's ill-fated 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes, when Leah asked former church spokesman Tommy Davis why Shelly wasn't in attendance.
The alleged response: "You don't have the [bleeping] rank to ask about Shelly." (For the record, the church has previously stated, "She is not missing. Any reports that she is missing are false.")
In the aftermath of that encounter, the former "King of Queens" star reportedly became disillusioned with the religion under the leadership of David Miscavige, and she was allegedly "blacklisted" and subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modifications," in part because she continued to ask about Shelly.
Remini's decision to take such a public stance against the church by filing a missing-person report proves she's not about to go away quietly. The actress, whose family followed her out of the church in solidarity, says she's working on a Scientology tell-all.
"I believe that people should be able to question things," Leah recently declared to People. "I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."