You may recognize Leah Remini from King of Queens or Old School (although I'll never forget when she played Stacey Carosi on Saved By the Bell). She's also known in Hollywood for playing a part in another, err, "off-screen" production, you might say -- as a devoted Scientologist, like fellow stars Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley. That is until now. Reportedly, Leah is breaking with the Church of Scientology, and there's plenty o' drama surrounding the actress's bold move, according to a New York Post report.
Leah is said to have called it quits after being subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige's "management." The source tells the NYP that Leah also didn't agree with "the reported abuse of members of its Sea Org religious order -- and for forcing followers to 'disconnect' from family members branded as 'suppressive persons' if they choose to leave the church." Woooow. And, wait, it gets weirder.
A source said of Leah's decision, "She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.’" I don't blame her.
But the Church surely is -- especially when it comes to the can of worms linked to her break with the religion. A former Sea Org member named Mike Rinder blogged this week that at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding in 2006, Leah Remini innocently asked where Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, was. Former Scientology Celebrity Centre head Tommy Davis scolded her, “You don’t have the [bleeping] rank to ask about Shelly.” Now, get this: Mrs. Miscavige reportedly hasn’t been seen in public since 2007. WHAT?!
And it was because of this nonchalant remark Leah made that she was then "put through interrogations and blacklisted within the church that she donated millions to and that her family has spent their lives in. She was put through ‘thought modification’ for five years," the source tells the New York Post. And as if that wasn't enough, church friends Remini had "for 25-30 years wrote internal reports [about her that] caused an investigation on her family.” Craaazy.
The paper reports that someone close to Remini claims that she's trying to decide whether or not she wants to go public with her story based on "what the church tries to do. She has heard they use people to scare you into silence."
A Scientology rep denies all allegations, but this all sounds nuts. It's SO unnerving that Shelly Miscavige hasn't been seen since 2007, and somehow everyone's just okay with that? Whether it's Leah or not, I wouldn't be surprised if someday, a former member of the Church rebels, lets the cat fully out of the bag, and exposes what's really going on behind closed doors here.
How strange is this? Do you think Leah Remini will publicly share her experience with Scientology?