Leah Remini bashes Scientology and Tom Cruise in an exclusive 20/20 interview.
Leah Remini has become extremely critical of the religion she spent a large part of her life practicing. But, since her departure from Scientology in 2013, the actress appeared in an episode of 20/20, to share her experiences and reveal some of the mysteries behind the Church of Scientology.
It is important to point out that Dan Harris reported that representatives of the Church of Scientology delivered a package containing statements about Remini to ABC News.
But, she started off the show confirming several accusations about her. “You say, ‘I am an apostate. I have lied, I have cheated,’” Dan Harris said. “You then go on to admit that you have been selfish, that you’ve physically threatened people and been a horrible wife and mother.”
“Correct,” said Remini. “I know what my former church...how they deal with people who tell their story, and so I wanted to be the one to say it.”
Lea Remini did not hold back. She spent a large amount of the time bashing Scientology's most famous member, Tom Cruise. She described her early experiences by saying it was "very effusive" and "very loving".
Leah Remini then told a story about being invited to personally hang out with Tom Cruise by church official, who told her that Cruise wanted her to teach him salsa dancing. At Cruise's home, she said she saw several "high-ranking Scentiology officials" along with his then-girlfriend Katie Holmes. "He was, like, forcibly kissing Katie," recalls Remini. "I said, 'hey get a friggin' room.'" Remini then says one of the officials wrote up a "knowledge report" on her and then forced to go to an audit.
“If you say something critical to the church, you will be written up,” she says.
But, Leah Remini never decided to bag down and remained critical of Tom Cruise. “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.”
Scientology leader David Miscavige, Remini claims, attended Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes. It was there that Leah Remini was critical of the church's leader. This led to another "knowledge report" with Katie Holmes bashing Remini's behavior in a private letter.
Remini read from what she said was Holmes’s letter: “I was dismayed at the behavior of Leah Remini during the events leading up to our wedding and our wedding. The behavior as a guest, a friend, was very upsetting.”
In multiple reports, Remini was charged with being late, loud and rude at the wedding. She was also accused of upgrading her hotel rom and switching seats at the wedding reception.
Katie Holmes wrote to ABC News earlier this week saying that does not confirm or deny writing the quoted knowledge report but, she does "regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future."
Katie Holmes Statement (ABCNews.com)
But, she didn't only reveal what it was like working with Tom Cruise in the Church of Scientology. Remini also explained how strict the church was to her.
Remini's mother introduced her to the religion when she was a child and she told 20/20 that Scientology's mission is to save the planet. But, she points out that while it sounds like a good idea, it has negative consequences because it children are not treated like kids therefore "your ego becomes extremely inflated."
However, Remini felt that she was expoited as a kid forced to work in a youth labor camp while living in rundown conditions, 20/20
But, the Church of Scientology did not hold back.
Church of Scientology shot back at Remini's allegations with a statement criticizing Remini for blaming others for her own weaknesses.
"She needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money and attention to appear relevant again," the church said in a statement.
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