Leah Remini on Scientology: What we learned from ’20/20′

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Leah Remini Details Scientology’s Role at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ Wedding in 20/20 Interview.

Remini’s new interview with ABC detailed her split from Scientology, her problems with Tom Cruise, and why she thinks the church saw her as an impediment to recruiting J-Lo.Business as usual. continued filming for his upcoming action flick, Jack Reacher, in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 29, just ahead of Leah Remini’s exclusive tell all 20/20 interview on Friday, Oct. 30. The King of Queens actress left Scientology in 2013 after three decades – and millions of dollars – spent following the religion, and in the ensuing years Remini has become one of the Church of Scientology’s biggest critics, penning the upcoming book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. Remini, 45, didn’t hold back when she opened up about Cruise’s overwhelming presence within the organization (“being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” she said), citing his 2006 nuptials to ex-wife Katie Holmes as turning point in her relationship with the religion.

Upon being invited to Cruise’s house to teach the megastar salsa dancing, “[Cruise] was like forcibly kissing Katie and I said, ‘hey, get a fricking room,'” Remini told 20/20. “And well, I was written up for that, and I had to go into session for it.” According to Remini, those who break Scientology’s rules must undergo a “Knowledge Report,” meaning they must sit through auditing sessions where they answer to the allegations. A similar “Knowledge Report” against Remini was filed after Holmes was “dismayed” by Remini’s behavior at her 2006 wedding to Cruise, an event where Remini began to question the Church as well as the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology head David Miscavige. In a statement to 20/20, Holmes – herself a former Scientologist after divorcing Cruise – said “I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.” Since her defection from Scientology, the Church and its celebrity members have slammed the actress in the press, and Remini recognized it’s commonplace for Church members “to cry that everybody’s a bigot towards their religion and this is religious bigotry” towards critics. “I was in the same position, I said similar things about people like me,” Remini said. She told Access Hollywood in July that Lopez was instrumental in helping her get into the mindset to leave the institution that had shaped her beliefs since childhood. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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