AceShowbiz - Leah Remini and her A&E's docuseries "Scientology and the Aftermath" are being blamed for recent murder outside of Scientology headquarters in Sydney, Australia. The church accuses the actress of inciting church murder through the series.
The accident, which occurred on January 4, claimed the life of Scientology security worker Chin-Hen Yeh who was originally from Taiwan. Yeh was escorting a female church member to a "purification ceremony" before the woman's 16-year-old son stabbed him in the neck with a large kitchen knife.
Yeh was rushed to the hospital though he later died in the emergency room. A 30-year-old man was also left with minor injuries during the incident.
The assaillant's name is currently being withheld for legal reasons. He is charged with murder and being held without bail. He is set to appear on the court for a trial on February 19 at Surry Hills Children's Court.
According to a letter dated January 11 which was sent to A+E Networks Group president Paul Buccieri, Scientology spokeswoman Karen Pouw claimed that prior to attacking Yeh, the assailant "spouted vicious religious hatred and propaganda, incited by A&E and the Leah Remini/Mike Rinder series."
"For years, A&E executives ignored our warnings that the series was inspiring bigotry and violence," Pouw wrote in the letter. "You knew what you were doing. Your intent was to stir up hate and turn it into cash. Now somebody has been murdered."
"We warned you. Six hundred threats of violence, caused by your programming, meant nothing to you. Assassination threats against the leader of our religion meant nothing to you," the letter further read. "You put a convicted felon on your show to praise him for vandalizing our Church and threatening to kill the leader of our religion. It didn't matter to you, because it was what you were trying to do. For ratings, for sales, for money."
Concluding the letter, Pouw said, "Now, somebody is dead. You paid for the hate that caused his murder. And you profit. Stop your program."
While the Church of Scientology has yet to respond on the matter, an A&E spokesman said the network had no response to Pouw's letter.