Leah Remini opens up again on Scientology and reacts tearfully to Katie Holmes’ statement of apology. Just days after her explosive ’20/20′ interview on leaving the controversial church, the former ‘The King of Queens’ star has more revelations.
The 45-year-old TV Land “The Exes” star has drawn much attention over the past couple of years since her highly publicized split with the Church of Scientology. Now with the publication of her memoir’ Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,’ and with the 20/20 interview interest has gone off the charts.
It’s an unfolding real-life drama with an all-star cast. With the likes of Tom Cruise, and his former wife Katie Holmes, and their star-studded wedding several years ago — and now, as we learn, the fallout for Leah Remini, as one of the attendees, as she was literally “written up,” or in the parlance of Scientology, “knowledge reports” were filed against her.
Katie Holmes had declined to be interviewed for the ’20/20′ segment, but she did issue a one-sentence statement, “I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”
Leah Remini sat for a follow-up interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach in an interview broadcast on ‘Good Morning America.’ As one of few public figures to speak out publicly against the organization, she finds herself the brunt of its characteristically blunt, and often accusatory public statements.
She was asked about whether the church had expelled her, as it claimed in a statement, saying in part, “Her repeated ethical lapses and callous treatment of others led to a review, which resulted in her being expelled.”
She said of that, “That’s like saying, I broke up with you, you broke up with me. I don’t know when that happened. I didn’t get the memo that I was expelled.”
She went on to add, “If that’s what makes them feel good, I was there, like I said, for over three decades. I don’t know when these lapses occurred.”
She was also asked what she thought Tom Cruise’s role is in the church and she said, “Well, that’s unclear but — my experience — there seems to be a lot of power there.”
She went on to say, “That I couldn’t subscribe to, as well. If I’m at dinner, we’re going to dinner together, you’re not going to write an internal church report on me that you thought I got a little tipsy at your dinner party.”
She added, “And so, the power seemed to be enormous. It was my experience.”
Asked if she had fears of being written up, she said, she did, added, “There’s policy in the church that requires parishioners to write each other up. I was guilty of this.”
She explained that the policy “doesn’t allow you to have the relationship with the person. You have become a person who can’t deal with your husband directly, your wife directly, your own child directly. And the church becomes your parent in that way. And then, my role is pushed out.”
Asked about Katie Holmes statement, she said, “I’m smiling because it almost makes me want to cry. It makes me emotional because at the time that Katie and this particular crew were writing reports, it caused me a lot of time and pain and my family. Being reprogrammed.”
She went on to say, “So, at the time, I was- fighting with her, I guess, for a lack of a better word, within the church. And now I know, really, what she was going through.”
She added, “I had no idea she was going probably through a lot more. And looking back now and seeing her and Suri, out there in the world and her being able to be with her daughter, and live her life is, I’m touched by it because I know now she did what she did, leaving in the way that she did, because she had to protect her daughter, which, in a way, connects us now.”
Confirming that she herself wanted to protect her own daughter, Leah Remini said, “I didn’t want my daughter to choose the church, ultimately, which is what I felt I would be raising was that. You choose your church. Which so many families do in these kind of extremist religions.”
Asked what she would like to say something to Katie Holmes, Leah Remini said, tearfully, “Yes, yes. It’s because we both left at the we’re able to have this kind of grace towards each other. Because, we’re back to being human.”
For her part, Katie Holmes, other than the written statement has had nothing else to say in the aftermath of the interview, and Remini’s book which is also getting much buzz. And yet, Scientology continues, even as expose after expose reveals many troubling allegations. Her book, published here and now, follows by just a few months, the Alex Gibney’s documentary, ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’ based on the book by Lawrence Wright of the same title, a documentary that reportedly was vetted by 160 lawyers before broadcast on HBO. And now, we have another book, Leah Remini’s ‘Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.’
Watch the video below as Leah Remini talks Scientology and Katie Holmes.