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    Leah Remini Files Missing Person Report for Scientology Leader's Wife, Shelly Miscavige; Church Slams "Harassment"

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    UPDATE: The LAPD has confirmed to E! News that the missing person case is now closed.
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    Leah Remini has apparently had questions for a while—and now she is pressing for answers.

    The former King of Queens star has filed a missing person report for Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, who supposedly hasn't been seen in public in six years.

    The LAPD confirmed to E! News that a report was filed and the investigation is ongoing, while a source told The Hollywood Reporter that Remini, who revealed last month that she had left Scientology, was the one who contacted police.

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    "This is just harassment," a rep for the Church of Scientology tells E! News regarding the police report. "It is a publicity stunt cooked up by a small band of unemployed  fanatics who live on the fringe of the Internet. The Church and the attorney for Mrs. Miscavige have already responded to this ludicrous claim."

    True, Remini isn't the first person to wonder where Shelly has been, however. Attorneys speaking on her behalf stated in 2012 that "any reports that she is missing are false" and that she has been "working nonstop in the Church as she always has."

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    According to Tony Ortega, who writes about Scientology on his website The Underground Bunker, David Miscavige not bringing his wife to good pal Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes in November 2006 was one of the main reasons Remini started questioning the church and its practices. Ortega writes that Shelly was transferred to a "secret compound" in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., in late 2005 or early 2006, where only a dozen or so members of the church live, and the outside world has not heard from her since.

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    Remini told Us Weekly last week that she is planning to write a memoir about her experiences as a Scientologist, including "everything that's taboo to talk about."

    And that would be most things, though probing the inner workings of Scientology is a popular pasttime among journalists and former members.

    Remini's exit was applauded by filmmaker and prominent former Scientologist Paul Haggis, who wrote in an open letter that the actress was "one of two Scientologists who had refused to 'disconnect' from me and certainly the only high-profile one when I decided to quit the organization in August 2009."

    "The stakes for her were so much higher than for me," Haggis wrote. "Her decision to leave was so much braver."

    —Reporting by Michelle Falls and Holly Passalaqua

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