Leah Remini and her “Scientology and the Aftermath” co-host, Mike Rinder, launched a prolonged assertion by which they defend a fellow ex-member of the church who’s been accused of rape by a number of girls.
Following a civil lawsuit that charged Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis with raping a publicist, one different lady accused him of rape and two others claimed he assaulted them. Now, in a publish on Rinder’s web site, he and Remini co-authored an announcement defending the “Crash” and “Million Greenback Child” filmmaker. In it, they declare the ladies in query might have suspect motivations for coming ahead.
They opened their observe by acknowledging how troublesome it’s to defend somebody accused of sexual assault at present. Hollywood continues to be wrapped within the #MeToo motion that’s led to the downfall of many males in showbusiness.
“There’s loads of cause to fret about defending anybody accused of sexual assault in at present’s local weather. However the concern of penalties for talking our reality has not held us again up to now and isn’t about to begin now,” they wrote. “We’ve supported victims of sexual abuse who’ve reached out to us and have labored with them and legislation enforcement to make sure justice is finished for each victims and the accused. We’ve prevented trial by media.”
Of their publish, they defended Haggis’ character and instructed the Church of Scientology is behind the three extra accusers which are “all of the sudden showing out of the woodwork.”
“We anticipate the following ‘revelations’ about Paul Haggis on this marketing campaign to destroy him to be based mostly on data culled from his Scientology recordsdata within the type of extra ‘nameless’ accusers, hiding behind a lawyer who won’t ever must disclose who’s paying their invoice.”
Along with his movie work, Haggis appeared on Remini and Rinder’s A&E collection in addition to the HBO documentary “Going Clear,” which can also be about Scientology.
Haggis has been accused by 4 girls citing incidents that allegedly occurred between 1996 and 2015. The primary accuser got here within the type of a civil lawsuit, which The Related Press stories prompted the opposite three girls to return ahead below the situation of anonymity.
Haggis has denied the unique rape allegation in a counter-complaint and mentioned the accuser and her lawyer had demanded a $9 million fee to keep away from authorized motion, which he characterised as extortion.
“Paul Haggis deserves, based mostly on his document as a gentleman and humanitarian, to be judged when all of the proof has been taken below penalty of perjury in a courtroom of legislation,” Remini and Rinder wrote. “As a result of claims of nameless accusers who’ve NOT gone to legislation enforcement usually are not credible.”
Their full assertion could be learn right here.
The Related Press contributed to this report.