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Leah Remini: Scientology Investigation by Feds Needed

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Leah Remini at 2016 Las Vegas appearance. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 07:40 AM

Leah Remini said a Scientology investigation by federal agencies is needed because of wrongdoing at the celebrity-rich church, The Hollywood Reporter reported. "I'm talking about the FBI, the police, the Department of Justice, the IRS," she said.

Remini, who has been a harsh critic of the Church of Scientology after leaving the religion in 2013, earned an Emmy nomination for her series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath." A second season of the series is scheduled to begin next week, THR noted.

The A&E series will move into more of an "activist" role, the former "King of Queens" star told THR, saying she hopes to present enough evidence to spark a federal investigation of Scientology.

"If the FBI ever wanted to get anywhere, all they would need to do is do a raid,” Remini said. “Everybody who's ever gone to Scientology has folders, and anything you've ever said is contained in those folders."

Remini has charged the Church of Scientology with sexual and physical abuse. Scientology officials told Rolling Stone magazine her claims were "false allegations in an effort to garner publicity.

As for Remini calling for an investigation, “it is pure balderdash. The Church is a religious institution committed to our religious, social and humanitarian missions."

Remini’s television series followed her 2015 book, "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology," in which she chronicled her time at the church.

"We've heard from people who were inside Scientology, who told me, 'I watched your show. I went on the Internet. I decided to leave,'" Remini said, per Rolling Stone. "We get tons of those. And it's those moments that you go, 'OK – we're doing something.'"

THR noted that Remini is returning to prime time television on the cast of CBS's "Kevin Can Wait," reuniting her with her former "King of Queens" partner Kevin James.

"I'm just happy to be laughing again," Remini said.

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