Scientology Scores A First Amendment Win Over Leah Remini, But Harassment Claims Against Church Still Stand, Judge Rules

March 15, 2024

Leah Remini‘s defamation and harassment suit against the Church of Scientology is far from dead, but it’s constitutionally wounded. However, parts of Remini’s harassment claims, “allegations of surveillance” and the tortious inference claim remain in the case going forward. “When viewed in context, the First Amended Complaint plainly demonstrates that the alleged statements Defendants made about Plaintiff online implicate a broader public dispute over Plaintiff’s relationship with Scientology. Therefore, Plaintiffs allegations concerning Defendants’ online statements about her ‘arise from’ Defendants’ protected activities. The purpose of the injunction is to halt the alleged surveillance of Remini – a claim this final ruling clearly takes very seriously.