Leah Remini: ‘Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology …

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‘Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself’: Leah Remini blasts Hollywood star in a preview of her blistering expose of the shadowy religion.

Since even before the religion’s most prominent member, Tom Cruise, jumped on Oprah’s couch, Scientology has been a source of intrigue — especially because of its appeal to Hollywood.

To coincide with the release of her tell-all memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” former Scientologist Leah Remini is sitting down for an interview with “20/20″ this Friday.TV actress and former star of King of Queens, Leah Remini has blasted Tom Cruise in a revealing interview and says he is one of the reasons that she severed ties with the Church of Scientology. So when ex-Scientology members — and famous faces — offer to pull back the curtain, we wait hungrily to see what they’ll say, as in Lawrence Wright’s fascinating and chilling book Going Clear, and Alex Gibney’s documentary of the same name (based on Wright’s book). In addition to speaking about her own experiences within the organization, the former “King of Queens” star also has some words for Scientology’s number one celebrity figurehead, Tom Cruise.

She also shared some of the inside details of her more than three decades as a Scientologist, explaining the mindset that takes form, and the difficulties that come along with leaving the religion behind. “People need to understand. Remni, 45, made the difficult decision to walk away from the Church in 2013, and explains that part of her decision was connected to megastar Tom Cruise. This has been my whole life and I want them to understand how it happens,” Remini said. “As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. In a trailer for an upcoming interview with ABC News 20/20, which is set to air on October 30, she said: ‘Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself…you are evil.’ Remini and her family joined the Church when she was a young girl and says she was a diligent Scientologist while she built a successful acting career in Hollywood. In response to the book a spokesperson for the church said: “Given Leah Remini’s insatiable desire for attention, it comes as no surprise that for two years she’s been incapable of moving on with her life and is obsessed with shamelessly exploiting her former religion in a pathetic attempt at publicity.”

Scientology’s ruthless indoctrination, she claims. includes blackmail and abuse as well as control over other celebrities like Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley. The mindset becomes ‘Us against them,’” Remini explains to Harris. “The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life.” When Remini finally walked away, she was branded a ‘suppressive person’ in church terminology and willingly faced Scientology’s attempt to destroy her life. Actress Kirstie, a Scientologist since 1979, bizarrely called Remini ‘repulsive’ and ‘a bigot’, going after her in an interview on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show.

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