Leah Remini is ready to tell the inside story on Scientology and Tom Cruise. After spending more than 30 years in Scientology, Leah has become well-versed on not just the organization, but also the man who has become almost synonymous with it, film superstar Cruise, reported Business Insider.
“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are evil,” revealed Remini about her experience with the organization.
Interviewed by ABC’s 20/20 show in an episode broadcast Friday, Leah has authored a tell-all whose title reveals her target. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology will be unveiled November 3.
Since making her decision to exit Scientology in the summer of 2013, Leah has become increasingly candid about why she choose to leave. With a daughter growing up, Remini was concerned about the way that Scientology sought to manage those within the group. But Leah emphasized that it wasn’t easy to remove herself from the organization.
“As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes ‘us against them.’ The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life.”
Part of what Remini addressed after making her move away from Scientology was her concern about Shelly Miscavige. Married to the Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige, Shelly had vanished, according to Leah.
However, although Remini went so far as to report Shelly as a missing person, Scientology claims that the police felt her report was “unfounded.”
Leah lists Tom Cruise as one of the reasons she left.
But Remini also takes viewers back to when she was young and with her family became a member of Scientology. Now 45, the actress recalled building up her professional success in Hollywood while following the values of Scientology throughout her career.
But while Remini is speaking out about Scientology and Tom Cruise, the actor’s ex-wife, Katie Holmes, has sought to stay under-the-radar on the topic.
Facts and rumors about Cruise began to emerge gradually, but when the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief debuted, awareness skyrocketed when it came to Cruise as the symbol of the church, reported the Daily Beast.
Shortly after Tom and Katie Holmes become a couple on the dating scene, Cruise shocked viewers when he hopped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch and shrieked his love. He then was given someone to manage him from the Scientology church, and that handler also allegedly went with Katie to supervise her media interviews.
Tom and Holmes married and had a daughter, Suri, before breaking up, and rumors began that part of the reason for the split was because Katie worried that Cruise would force Suri to go to Sea Org. That is renowned as an extraordinarily rigid section inside Scientology.
“[That’s] offensive, there is no need to protect my daughter from my religion,” he first responded. “Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.”
In addition, Tom revealed that Suri had stopped practicing Scientology. Under the rules of that church, Suri is categorized as a “Suppressive Person.”
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