Leah Remini has left Scientology and we look at the Church of Scientology's scandals and current tailspin. David Miscavige's influence on Tom Cruise, the Smith family, and why Scientology is scrambling to recover people, + the Super Power Building fraud in Clearwater, Florida, ponzi schemes and even homicide that have been committed by the "cult" are discussed with Mark Ebner.
Mark Ebner is an investigative journalist who has covered celebrity and crime culture for such publications as Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details and Spy. Mark has investigated such controversial subjects as Scientology, dog fighting and the Ku Klux Klan. A published author, Mark co-wrote the New York Times bestseller "Hollywood, Interrupted" with Andrew Breitbart and Six Degrees of Paris Hilton. Most recently he co-authored "We Have Your Husband," a story about a kidnapping in Mexico. In addition to writing, he has served as a commentator on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, Court TV and E! Entertainment Television to name a few. Mark was a consultant on the Emmy nominated episode of South Park's "Trapped in the Closet" and also consulted for NBC/Dateline on the Paris Hilton Tapes report. Ebner runs a blog at hollywoodinterrupted.com where he reports on breaking news from Hollywood.
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00:01 Welcome to Media Mayhem.
00:21 Introducing Mark Ebner.
01:51 Why did Leah Remini leave Scientology after a lifetime?
07:10 Scientology is dwindling.
11:20 Clearwater, Florida and the Super Power Building ponzi scheme.
14:30 David Miscavige-take the money and run!
16:58 Tom Cruise: The would-be symbol of Scientology marriage
19:40 Leah Remini on Dancing With the Stars and the spotlight.
21:25 How the internet was the beginning of the end for Scientology.
27:03 Scientology cult behavior to people who leave.
30:20 Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith spread the word of Scientology.
36:00 Scientology taken to court for harassment in Texas and Squirrel busters.
39:43 What crimes should the Church of Scientology be charged with?
40:30 The death of Lisa McPherson.
43:01 Slavery, billion year contracts and willing member.
45:38 Jeffrey Tambor and the Bernie Madoff of Scientology.
47:17 More public discussion for all kinds of truth.
48:40 Scientology--and Kirstie Alley--make a presence in Los Feliz and Hollywood.
51:08 David Miscavige-like Oz behind the curtain.
53:07 Scientology goes completely digital.
54:08 Poison Candy and the Dalia Dippolito story.
55:30 Being Uncle Charlie.