Leah Remini’s press tour has been undoubtedly something that the Church of Scientology fears. Throughout her tour to promote her memoir of surviving Hollywood and escaping Scientology, she has exposed the church, their dealings, and the church’s relationship with Tom Cruise.
The insider details that Remini has provided has made people more than interested about her memoir Trouble maker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Remini’s book is exceeding expectations in sales.
“The book landed as the No. 3 best-selling non-fiction hardcover of the week, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks about 85 percent of physical book sales. That ranking translates into 38,000 books sold.”
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To put this against other memoirs, Remini’s Scientology memoir has sold twice as many as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s memoir. It’s also currently the No. 1 book on Apple’s charts on their digital iBooks sales.
So what were her revelations that helped her press tour and got people interested in reading Remini’s memoir? Well, excerpts leaked for promotional purposes included Remini’s experience at Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes. The actress said the wedding was heavily monitored by the church, and that she was watched over at the wedding and even separated from her BFF Jennifer Lopez, who they were allegedly trying to recruit at the time.
According to Remini, the church used their friendship to get closer to Lopez, in an attempt to lure her into the church. At the wedding, she was not allowed to sit next to Lopez.
One huge question Leah has posed is the odd disappearance of David Miscavige’s wife. Remini asked David, the chairman of the church, where his wife Shelly was, while at Cruise’s wedding, considering he was the best man at Tom’s wedding. After the brief exchange, Remini was confronted by spokesman Tommy Davis who told the actress, “You don’t f—ing rank to ask about Shelly.”
During the wedding, Remini claims that Tom’s then-wife Katie Holmes wrote her up for being “loud” and a “poor example to others.” She was also written up for being “rude.”
Another revelation about Tom Cruise and Scientology is his alleged possessive nature around Holmes. Remini was reportedly invited to the Cruise household to teach Tom how to dance salsa. Two ranked officers of the church were present when Cruise was “forcibly kissing Katie.” Clearly uncomfortable, Leah recounts, “I said, ‘Hey, get a friggin’ room.’ “I was written up for that.”
She also asserts that Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s adoptive children Conner and Bella do not speak with Kidman, which was already heavily implied over the years. The two chose to live with Cruise in Los Angeles, but Remini found out that they decided to live with their father because Kidman was ex-communicated from the church, which means they couldn’t communicate with her. At the time, when Leah asked the kids how their mom was, Bella reportedly said, “Our mom is a f**king SP.”
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So what does Tom Cruise think about all of this? Well, according to the Inquisitr, Tom is secretly flipping out about Leah’s Scientology claims.
According to the report, Cruise thinks the book is a “major betrayal.” Instead of taking action against her, Cruise is letting the church deal with her in their own specific way. A source close to the situation said, “Leah is what the church calls a ‘suppressive person,’ so she’s evil in his mind. He wipes the memory of any SP out of his life. He’s letting the Scientology people discredit her.”
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