Leah Remini is suggesting the Church of Scientology has “aligned itself” with the Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department as she spoke out in a shocking new interview.
The “Scientology and the Aftermath” documentary maker discussed Danny Masterson and the sexual misconduct allegations made against him. Accuser Chrissie Bixler, who dated Masterson for six years, previously said the Church had convinced her it wasn’t rape because the pair were in a relationship.
Actress Remini told the Daily Beast of the Church of Scientology’s “close ties” with the LAPD: “The captain of that department, Cory Palka, goes to the Scientology Celebrity Centre often. There are pictures of him hanging at Celebrity Centre.”
“Every year around Christmastime [Scientology’s] Celebrity Centre International presents the Hollywood Police Department with a cheque for this Police Activities League, which gives back to children.”
“What it’s done is it’s aligned itself as per its policies, because there are Scientology policies that say, ‘Safe-point yourself to the area police department because then nobody will attack your good works,’ so it’s all very pointed and calculated,” she added.
The LAPD refused to comment when approached by the publication, insisting: “Captain is not making any comments.”
However, a source informed the Daily Beast that officers wonder about Captain Palka’s seemingly cozy relationship with the Church.
A Scientology spokesperson also slammed Remini on TheWrap, insisting she was “attacking the Church and now the LAPD as part of her self-promotion and anti-religious hate campaign.”
Remini’s comments come as Chrissie Bixler claimed she was unconscious during sex at least twice during her relationship with Masterson, but that the Church, to which she belonged at the time — and Masterson still belongs — convinced her otherwise.
In October 2016, almost 15 years after the alleged assault, Bixler, who is one of four accusers, posted on Twitter: “Because your boyfriend tells you it’s not rape if you’re in a relationship and then his church covers it up. #WhyWomenDontReport.”
A second alleged victim, known only as Victim B, claims she blacked out at a party at Masterson’s house and woke up while he was raping her.
She then said Masterson, who has denied all allegations and said the sexual encounters were consensual, choked her until she passed out again.
ET Canada reached out to the Church of Scientology for comment, and received the following response from church spokesperson Karin Pouw.
“Giving Leah Remini a forum to spew more lies about Scientology is the same as providing a forum to the KKK to spread their racial and religious hatred. Leah Remini is attacking the Church and now the LAPD as part of her anti-religious hate campaign — it reflects her obsession with publicity,” reads the statement.
“As for Ms. Bixler’s statements, the Church of Scientology adamantly denies that when Chrissie Carnell Bixler came to the Church regarding her relationship with Mr. Masterson she made any criminal allegations,” the statement continues. “What we do know is that Ms. Carnell Bixler came to the Church at the time Mr. Masterson broke up with her, after their 6 year relationship, asking that we help her get back together with him. The Church also denies and takes offense to the implication the Church would ignore the criminal behaviour of certain members, especially at the expense of alleged victims. The Church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement. The Church is an active community partner in Los Angeles and cities around the world.”