Legal experts think Remini has a strong case if her allegations are proven true — and there is a lot at stake.
“The lawsuit seeks more than an award of damages. She seeks a court injunction against the Church’s harassment of ‘suppressive persons,'” defamation lawyer Jeff Lewis tells Yahoo. (Anyone who publicly leaves Scientology, like Remini, is declared a Suppressive Person.)
“This lawsuit has far-reaching implications beyond just this plaintiff,” Lewis adds. “If she wins, it will impact the relationship between the Church and all of the Church’s ex-members (aka ‘suppressive persons.’) The lawsuit is the functional equivalent of a class action lawsuit on behalf of all ex-members.”