Kirstie Alley denies Scientology link to diet plan

The San Francisco Chronicle/March 16, 2010

Kirstie Alley has hit back at reports her new weight loss program will fund Scientology teachings, insisting the accusations are "not true."

The former Jenny Craig spokeswoman recently launched Organic Liaison LLC after years of battling her size under the glare of the spotlight.

Members pay between $10 and $149 per month to follow the regimen, which combines an organic food diet with vitamins and supplements.

Recent reports suggested money from the company was channeled directly into the church after links between Organic Liaison and Scientology were uncovered. The firm's accountant, Saul B Lipson, is a known Scientologist whose company is approved by the church and based near its headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. The board also features active Scientologist Michelle Seward.

But on an appearance on the "Today" show, Alley, a practicing Scientologist, insists the claims have no merit.

She says, "It's bulls**t. It's not true. The address in Clearwater is my accountant, and he's a Scientology Jew."

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