Why She Left: Leah Remini Opens up About her Troubling Scientology Experience
It’s been two years since actress Leah Remini departed from the controversial church of Scientology along with the rest of her family members who have stood by her side following her exit.
Since then, Leah has been very vocal about why she left and her opposition towards the church’s very controversial practices and alleged “cult-like” methods. Now, Leah is speaking out once again via her tell-all book “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” and her candid interview with ABC’s “20/20.”
Leah’s “20/20” interview which aired on Friday, Oct. 30. addressed why Leah left the church which she claims extorted thousands of dollars from her and shamed her. Leah also claims that the church’s top celebrity spokesperson Tom Cruise and his then wife Katie Holmes also tried to shun her from the church.
When Leah tried to speak put against Tom, the church reportedly backed Tom and reprimanded Leah.
“So being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. … You are a person who is anti-the aims and goals of Scientology. You are evil,” Leah said in her “20/20” interview.
Tom has yet to apologize for his alleged actions, but Katie has recently come forward to show support for Leah. Katie has also left Scientology following her divorce from Tom Cruise.
"I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future,” Katie said in her statement.
So far, the general consensus towards Leah Remini’s interview has been positive on social media. Fans have joined together to support Leah on speaking her truth about the church.
Check out some of the tweets below.
But despite the overwhelming positive feedback, the church of Scientology isn’t too pleased. Following the interview, a Scientology spokesperson released a statement that reads, “It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses.”
What are your thoughts on Leah’s decision to leave Scientology? Do you agree with the church’s practices? Sound off below!