Leah Remini quits Scientology amid reports of 'thought modification'
The big word in Scientology these days is that King of Queens star Leah Remini has bailed on the church after years of "interrogations and "thought modification," the New York Post has been reporting. Their stories claim that Remini was breaking away because she mistreated after questioning Scientology leader David Miscavige's leadership.
“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.’ ”
The Post notes that onetime Sea Org member Mike Rinder wrote this week that Remini was scolded after asking after Miscavige's wife, Shelly, at Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes. Rumor has it Shelly has only been seen in public once -- to attend her father's funeral -- since 2006 or 2007.
Remini was eventually "put through ‘thought modification’ for five years," the Post says, and began to think the practice of making followers "disconnect" from family members labeled "suppressive persons" wasn't the nicest thing either. The tabloid says when the church tried the thought modification again this year, she decided to quit.
“When you ask a question, like, ‘Where is Shelly?,’ you are immediately hauled in, interrogated and asked, ‘Why are you asking, who are you connected to, are you going on the Internet?’ ” an unnamed source told the Post. “Because Leah threatened to call the police to find Shelly, she was put through ‘Security Checking,’ her family was put through it, and her friends.”
Remini has not commented on the Post's sources at all, but did release a statement confirming she had left the church. "I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and fans from around the world," she wrote. "I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.”
The Post said the Church of Scientology has denied all allegations.