Leah Remini, former Scientologist and current reality show star, has been considering going public with her grievances about Scientology since she left in 2013. Now her new “bold, brash, and bravely confessional” tell-all, Troublemaker; Surviving Hollywood & Scientology is coming out she’ll air her complaints about Scientology on network TV. Remini tells ABC News’ Dan Harris, in a 20/20 interview that airs this Friday.
“As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes ‘Us against them. . . . The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life.”
The actress also suggests she will take aim at the organization’s most high-profile member, Tom Cruise—an attack that will undoubtedly further vilify her in the Scientology community, if not bring on multiple lawsuits.
“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are evil.”
Remini told Ellen 2 years ago about her history with the organization.
“My mother got involved when we were very young, so it’s all we really ever knew. But over time, my eyes opened and I could no longer be affiliated with the organization.”
Vanity Fair’s Ned Zeman wrote in 2014 that Remini started raising questions with the organization after the disappearance of Shelly Miscavige, Scientology’s longtime First Lady. The more she asked questions the harder she was cursed, interrogated, and put off.
“They’d say, ‘Oh, she’s on a special project’ or ‘Oh, she’s visiting a sick relative.’ ”
Remini finally quit the church and filed a missing-persons report. The L.A.P.D. announced that the case had been closed, and ruled the missing-persons report as “unfounded.” It also said that it had met with Shelly, but gave no more info.
Remini’s memoir is out November 3. Can you say BOMBSHELL? And not the good kind.
(via Vanity Fair)