The Leah Remini Scientology revelations just keep coming and coming. The actress recently sat down with former Scientology Church member Paul Haggis at Barnes and Noble to discuss her new book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.
During the talk, both Haggis and Remini made some startling new declarations about their experiences as members of the Church of Scientology
One of their most surprising revelations was that the church has secret jails for members who have gone against the organization’s edicts, E! Online reports.
Leah Remini and Haggis were asked about the jails during the Q&A. Paul Haggis said that he had first-hand knowledge of a secret Scientology jail called the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF).
This isn’t the first time that Paul Haggis has made claims about the negative religious practices that go on behind the closed doors of the Church of Scientology. He’s gotten some backlash from the church before as well.
According to E! Online, a representative for the church previously had this to say about Haggis and his statements about Scientology.
“Mr. Haggis has chosen to align himself with a small posse of lunatics with arrest records, who have acknowledged in depositions to being secretly on the payroll of tabloids and who have admitted on national television to outright lying.”
During the Q&A session at Barnes and Noble, Haggis also revealed that there were many actors who have joined and left the church secretly. It’s so hush-hush that the general public would never have guessed that the actors were Scientologists. These stars are force to keep their former affiliation to the Church of Scientology secret by the “The Hollywood Machine.”
“‘Walk away. Don’t say anything. It will hurt your career,'” Haggis said, indicating that this was the advice given to most actors who have left Scientology.
In one of the more random revelations, Remini said that she was not allowed to practice yoga while she was a Scientologist.
“[I was told] it would mix the practices of the religion,” she said.
Remini stated that shedding light on the secretive practices of the church have permanently ruptured relationships with close friends and family, Us Weekly reports.
With tears in her eyes, the former King of Queens actress said that she is “going to have godchildren and family I won’t ever see.” She also talked about the emotional pain she went through because close family and friends did not stand by her when she decided to leave Scientology.
Remini has recently made a long list of declarations about the Church of Scientology while promoting her new book. During an interview on ABC’s 20/20, Leah Remini even spoke openly about Scientology’s most public member, Tom Cruise, and his controversial marriage to actress Katie Holmes.
Remini claimed that before she left Scientology, she wanted to save it from Tom Cruise. As this article in the Independent reports, Remini said that she felt Cruise was hurting the image of the religion at the time with his public antics, like jumping up on a couch on The Oprah Winfrey Show to declare his love for Holmes and openly reprimanding Brook Shields and Matt Lauer.
“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” Remini stated.
She concluded that she could repair the Church of Scientology’s image if she could do something about its apparent obsession with Tom Cruise. But it looks like her efforts were in vain.
During the interview, Remini recalled an incident where she was asked by the church to go to Tom Cruise’s house to teach him and Katie Holmes salsa dancing. Holmes was Cruise’s girlfriend at this time. Remini said that the Cruise was “forcibly kissing” Holmes. Leah made a comment that the two “love-birds” should “get a friggin room.” She says that she was written up for that by the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini continued to “make trouble” with the church when she attended the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wedding in 2006. The church encouraged her to invite her best friend Jennifer Lopez and her then-husband, Marc Anthony. Remini complied, but when she got to the wedding, she wasn’t allowed to sit with Lopez. Leah wasn’t shy about voicing her annoyance, and the church wrote her up for that too, she says. She also openly asked questions about Shelly Miscavige, wife of Daniel Miscavige, the Church of Scientology leader. Shelly Miscavige was not at the wedding and hasn’t seen in public since 2007, the Independent writes.
All of these incidents led to Remini making the decision to leave Scientology, a religion she’d been a part of since she was a child.
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini went on sale Tuesday.
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