Tags: leah remini | scientology | shut | up

Leah Remini Speaks Out On Leaving Scientology, Not Gonna 'Shut Up'

Image: Leah Remini Speaks Out On Leaving Scientology, Not Gonna 'Shut Up'

Monday, 29 Jul 2013 02:19 PM

By Alexandra Ward

Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology earlier this month, and now the former "King of Queens" star is speaking out about her decision, saying, "I'm not about to shut up."

Remini, 43, had been a member of the church for decades, often speaking out in defense of its controversial beliefs. But earlier this month, the actress announced she was leaving Scientology after years of "interrogations" and "thought modification," sources said.

Remini was reportedly harassed after she questioned the management style of Scientology leader David Miscavige. He allegedly began targeting her after she inquired about where his wife was at the 2006 nuptials of fellow Scientologists Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

"I believe that people should be able to question things," Remini told People magazine. "I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to. I'm not about to shut up."

Scientology has long been criticized as a cult that promotes brainwashing. Critics argue the church's leaders keep control over members through character assassination, costly litigation, and/or psychological abuse.

Miscavige's own niece has publicly spoken out in support of Remini and her decision to leave the church.

"From what I understand, she was just fed up with the way she was being treated when she was following church policy," Jenna Miscavige Hill, who left Scientology herself in 2005, told People. "She is a tough woman and isn't the type to yield or turn a blind eye to a blatant injustice. People like that don't last too long in Scientology because they aren't easy to control."

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

Media Push by Church of Scientology Tries to Counter Negative Publicity

Smith's 'After Earth' Hurt at Box Office by Scientology

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Teacher's 'Uptown Funk' Dance Video With Students Goes Viral

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:20 PM

A high school teacher and his students took Uptown Funk and synchronized dance moves in the halls of their Texas schoo . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved