Actress Leah Remini reportedly leaving Scientology
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Actress Leah Remini is reportedly leaving the Church of Scientology.
The former “King of Queens” star decided to end her some three-decade-long relationship with the church after disagreeing with several of its policies and getting push-back for questioning church leader David Miscavige, according to a Thursday report in the New York Post.
The Hollywood Reporter later confirmed the report, saying Remini chose to leave “following years of scrutiny” in the church.
The “Family Tools” actress wouldn’t be the first celebrity to leave L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial faith. “Arrested Development’s” Jeffrey Tambor, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actress Demi Moore and director-screenwriter Paul Haggis all famously broke ties with the church, which counts among its ranks many high-profile celebrities, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
“It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people,” a source told the Post’s Page Six. “She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks noreligion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.’”
Policies in the church are said to bar members from questioning leaders’ management or reported abuse of members of its Sea Org religious order. The church is said to also have followers “disconnect” from family members deemed “suppressive persons” if they choose to leave the church, according to the newspaper.
Remini’s relationship with the church reportedly took a turn at the 2006 nuptials of Cruise and Katie Holmes, when she asked why Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, wasn’t in attendance, the Post said. Tommy Davis, the former head of the Scientology Celebrity Centre, reportedly scolded her and told her she didn’t have the “rank” to ask about Shelly.
Remini was reportedly interrogated, blacklisted within the church and put through “thought modification” for five years.
The Post said a church rep denied the allegations. “The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member,” a rep told the Hollywood Reporter.
Remini’s rep declined to comment to The Times about the report.
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