Leah Remini Doesn’t Hold Back in Eye-Opening Reddit AMA About Her Scientology Allegations — Read Her Best … – Us Weekly
Leah Remini isn’t afraid anymore. The former Scientologist answered any and all questions about the controversial church in a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, November 29, while promoting her new eight-part A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath.
From claims of “physical, to sexual, to mental abuse” to allegations that she is forbidden from discussing the religion with fellow former Scientologist Katie Holmes, to admitting she donated “millions” to the church, the Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology author spills all. See below for the most interesting claims we learned from the King of Queens actress, who has been speaking out about her experiences in the controversial religion since leaving the church in 2013.
Q: What’s is the single most horrible thing you encountered in the “church”?
L.R.: I would say the “church’s” Fair Game policy, and how they systematically go after anyone who publicly speaks out against them. Anyone who speaks out against the “church” is seen as an enemy.
Q: Why do you think there are so many people in the entertainment industry in the religion?
L.R.: If you really look at the numbers at the entertainment industry, in comparison to the small number of Scientologists that are celebrities, the number wouldn’t even register. I think Scientology has done an amazing job convincing people that there is a great number of celebrities in the “Church.”
Q: Is Tom Cruise really the “Messiah?”
L.R.: To the “Church,” yes. Parishioners believe that he is singlehandedly changing the planet because that is what the “Church” is telling them.
Q: Was there a single breaking point that convinced you to leave the church? Or was it a long-term struggle with the decision?
L.R.: Long-term struggle, however, seeing the “church” attack those who were speaking out, those who gave their life, life savings, their children to this organization that were once considered exemplary Scientologists or staff members of the church to being liars, bitter apostates, and what ever vile sophomoric, vitriolic adjective they can find overnight says a lot about the organization.
Q: How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?
Q: Have you seen the HBO documentary Going Clear? If so, would you say it’s an accurate representation of the church and worth showing to people?
L.R.: Very much so. I thought it was very accurate. I was shocked how accurate it was for not coming from Scientologists. I wanted to see more stories about how it affected children. The systematic recruitment of members’ children. I wish it would have told the story of how Scientologists give their children to the “Church.” It protects the life source that is continually bolstering the religion. But, I think they did an amazing job and they cleared the path for people like me to speak about it. HBO was very brave in taking it on. As is A&E, as it will be the first network is do a full series about it.
Q: Are you safe [now]?
L.R.: Yes, I feel very safe. I have the support of my family and friends. And, I feel strangely protected by the world at large.
Q: Is it true they record your meetings and blackmail you with the recordings?