“King of Queens” actress Leah Remini is reportedly exiting the Church of Scientology after three decades because of “interrogations” and “thought modification” and other alleged forms of abuse, the New York Post reports.
Actress Leah Remini in Beverly Hills, California, on July 27, 2012 (Credit: Getty Images)
The Post adds that it all stems from policies that don’t allow parishioners to question leader David Miscavige’s authority and allegedly force followers to “disconnect” from family members branded as “suppressive persons” if they choose to leave the church.
“It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people,” a source told the Post. “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.’ ”
After one of her questions angered former Scientology Celebrity Centre head Tommy Davis, Remini was reportedly “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 Post's source said.
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The source added that church friends Remini had for “25 to 30 years wrote internal reports” about her that “caused an investigation on her family.”
Someone close to Remini said she’s weighing going public “when she sees what the church tries to do. She has heard they use people to scare you into silence.”
The source added, “She’s from Brooklyn. The church can’t hurt her . . . they don’t have her family, that’s all that matters to her.” And, “It’s not about wanting or not wanting to do Scientology . . . The issue is that [Miscavige] is taking down this church and hurting people and families.”
A Scientology rep denied all allegations.
Here's a report from KTLA-TV:
(H/T: New York Post)