According to leaked text messages, two ex-NYPD police officers were given the job of tailing the women in December 2017.
The messages are between retired detective Yanti “Mike” Greene and former cop-turned-private investigator Saul Roth.
Remini and J Lo were filming their movie Second Act when Greene and Roth were allegedly tasked to follow the women during their time in Manhattan.
Greene reached out to Roth first about the job, who replied by asking the ex-detective if he'd be paid his regular amount of $50 per hour.
That's when Greene insured him they'd be getting their “normal rate” working for International Investigative Group (IIG).
IIG was founded by polygraph expert Dan Ribacoff, who has a history of employing ex-police and private investigators.
When Greene told Roth their target was Remini, the former cop responded as if he didn't know the actress.
That's when J Lo came into the text conversation.
Greene informed Roth that Remini was famous for her role on King Of Queens and was J Lo's best friend. He also revealed they were in the city shooting a movie, essentially making Remini and J Lo their targets.
Greene also told Roth where the actresses were staying during their trip, revealing the two private investigators would need to be parked outside of the hotel for most of the time.
“Nice,” Roth replied and followed it up by asking, “Why are we following her?”
Greene alleged he didn't know the reason for their job task and responded, "basically the client just wants to know her movements and locations. I don’t have any more details as to why and who.”
“Could be matrimonial," he told Roth, who informed him he had just googled Remini. "Or Scientologists,” Greene added.
“Yeah—word is they want to kill her. Or at least know what she’s doing when in NYC," Greene texted Roth. There is no evidence to prove this claim.
According to reports, Remini was aware she was being followed during that time in NYC. She later claimed to recognize Greene as one of the men tailing her.
“I guess I was naive to think that East Coast people would be different. I never thought New York police officers, even retired, would be for hire by Scientology. I guess my naivete is showing," Remini said when confronted with their disturbing text messages.
Greene has denied working with Scientology. As for Ribacoff, he claims his company IIG isn't associated with Scientology.
“IIG should rename the company dumb, dumber, and dumbest. These are the worst PIs in the world. These guys were actually trying not to be seen, and I saw them,” Remini stated regarding the 2017 incident.