Tom Cruise Continues to Film Jack Reacher as Leah Remini Talks Scientology …

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Leah Remini Slams Tom Cruise and Scientology: ‘This is Some Crazy Sh-t’.

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.Leah Remini’s highly anticipated interview on last night’s 20/20 did not disappoint for dirt-dishing on the Church of Scientology, which the King of Queens actress left in 2013. That split is now the focus of her forthcoming book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, a tell-all (on bookshelves this Tuesday) that pulls back the curtain on her years spent practicing the controversial religion alongside such Hollywood luminaries as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Cruise.

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. In her first public comments related to Scientology or its members since her 2012 divorce from the Mission: Impossible star, Holmes told Remini, in a written statement to 20/20, “I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.” The distress to which Holmes refers was, according to 20/20’s report, related to Cruise and Holmes’s lavish November 2006 wedding in Italy. The actress noted that she found it disturbing that the head of the church, David Miscavige, attended the event without his wife, Shelly, and was bothered by the fact that Cruise treated her close friend Jennifer Lopez and Lopez’s then-beau Marc Anthony oddly at the ceremony. “I was dismayed at the behavior of Leah Remini during the events leading put to our wedding and our wedding,” the letter read. “The behavior as a guest, a friend, was very upsetting.” As Us Weekly previously reported, Holmes has not commented on whether or not she wrote the letter, but did release a statement on Friday addressing Remini’s words.

That strange, uncomfortable situation was, in Remini’s opinion, a “juvenile” attempt “to extract me… I can only assume because they wanted to make Jennifer a Scientologist. Her questions were repeatedly rebuffed, to the point that she felt “it’s getting weirder because you’re [the church] making it weirder.” Church officials’ stubborn refusal to address her queries (which she refers to as “such a simple thing”) led her to file a “wide-ranging knowledge report” about what she saw as the issues plaguing the church. “I thought, ‘I now see where the cracks are in our church. They were bringing Scientology down.’” Those negative feelings about Cruise had begun a year earlier in 2005, when the actor had made headlines by jumping on Oprah’s couch and slamming Brooke Shields on Today. Before long, the family had relocated from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, to Clearwater, Florida, and Remini had become a member of Scientology’s “Sea Organization” (Sea Org), a training division that requires its members to sign a “billion-year contract.” It wasn’t more than a few years, however, before Remini ran afoul of Sea Org regulations, most notably by letting her boyfriend lightly graze her breast on the outside of her shirt. Such a move required an investment of “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Remini claims, though she paid willingly, since she truly believed the church’s mission was to “do good things.” Or as her mother Vicki put it on 20/20: “To free mankind.

Her faith was put to the test once Remini achieved “Operating Thetan 3” level, which gave her access to previously off-limits documents written by founder L. At the time, Remini went public with not only her issues with the church, but the personal fallout caused by her departure—including, as she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2014, the loss of numerous friends. Because the church prohibits members from talking to those who’ve left (or been ex-communicated), Remini was forced to pick up the pieces of her life without many people with whom she’d been close to for years, if not decades. Remini’s confessional interview and book are merely the latest blows to the secretive church, which took public hits earlier this year courtesy of Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which had a brief theatrical run in March 2015 before premiering on HBO later that month. That explosive non-fiction film exposed much of the church’s clandestine inner workings, and the way it sought to silence critics through intimidation and smear campaigns—tactics that 20/20 witnessed firsthand when, this past Tuesday, the show was hand-delivered a packet of scathing anti-Remini materials from church officials.

And yet through it all, Remini credits her church experiences—both good and bad—with making her the tough, resilient person she is today. “I don’t regret spending my life there.

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