Brandon Reisdorf: Scientology complained to probation dept. over 'Leah Remini' appearance - 2017-01-25
Brandon Reisdorf got a surprise yesterday. He tells us that he heard from his probation officer, who had some questions about his recent appearance on Leah Remini's A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath.
You remember Brandon. He was the focus of episode 7, "Enemies of the Church." In the episode, we learned that he chose to stick by his parents, who had been "declared suppressive persons" — deemed enemies of the church. But his brother Craig chose to stay in Scientology, and that meant he had to "disconnect" from Brandon and their parents. It devastated Brandon, who was very close to his brother and who was also dealing with undiagnosed mental health issues. (Scientology demonizes the mental health industry, and Brandon's parents had never tried to get him standard care for what turned out to be a bipolar condition.)
In a manic episode, Brandon drove from San Diego to Los Angeles and threw a hammer through a window at a Scientology "org" there, filled with rage that his family had been torn apart. It was a simple act of vandalism, and no one was hurt. Scientology reacted, however, by pushing for Brandon to be charged with a hate crime for vandalism of a "place of worship," which is a felony. Brandon was sentenced to probation, which runs through 2019.