Monday, July 29, 2013
Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology: "I'm Not About to Shut Up"
Leah Remini is continuing to speak out about her split from the Church of Scientology, despite efforts on the part of church leaders to silence the actress.
"I believe that people should be able to question things," Remini tells People. "No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."
Leah Remini quits Scientology, thanks fans for support
Remini announced she was quitting Scientology earlier this month, claiming she had been subjected to years of "thought modification" and "interrogations." The Church of Scientology has denied her accusations.
The King of Queens and Family Tools star fell out of favor with the church in part because she questioned the leadership of highest-ranking member David Miscavige and challenged the church's policy to isolate its members from their families.
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"I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct," Remini says. "It doesn't
matter, it could be anything. I thought about the family being broken up for some other cause, and I'm not about to shut
Miscavige's niece, Jenna Miscavige Hill, has spoken out in support of Remini. Hill left the church in
Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology: I "Took a Stance" With My Family
Us Weekly – 3 hours ago
Leah Remini is ready for life after Scientology. The King of Queens star, 43,
supported pal Holly Robinson Peete at Saturday's 15th Annual DesignCare
benefit at a private residence in Malibu; the event marked Remini's first public
appearance since her news-making departure from the Church of Scientology.
Remini was born and raised in the faith favored by the likes of Tom Cruise and
John Travolta, but left after allegedly disagreeing with Church leader David
Miscavige and some of the organization's supposed practices.
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Is Remini happy now? "Happy is a relative word," the married mother of one told
Us Weekly Saturday. "Yeah. It's a time of change." Specifically addressing her
departure from the Church, Remini told Us: "I think the fact that my family has
taken a stance and we are on a united front says a lot."
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In other news, the star says she has some major projects in the works -- including a
return to TV. "I'm deciding to do something right now and we'll know in the next
week," she teased. "It will be television. It might be in the reality, sitcom world."
A source previously told Us that Remini's exit was not a decision she took lightly.
"She thought about this over a long time."
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The New York Post's Page Six first reported that Remini had been supposedly subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modifications." A rep
for the Church told Us Weekly: "The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology:I "Took a Stance" With My Family