King of Queens Star Leah Remini Quits Scientology (UPDATE)
Update: The Church of Scientology has given us the following statement regarding Leah Remini's departure: "The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no further comment."
Earlier: Leah Remini has given People a statement on her decision to leave the Church of Scientology. "I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world," she said, "I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."
Original Story: Did you even know that The King of Queens alum Leah Remini was a Scientologist? Well, according to the New York Post's Page Six, she's quitting.
Why? Leah reportedly disagrees with a few policies. Page Six's source says that Church of Scientology followers are not allowed to question the management of leader David Miscavige, and followers are forced to “disconnect” from family members — called “suppressive persons” — if they decide to leave the church. The Church of Scientology denies these allegations.
“It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people,” a source told Page Six of her decision. “She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.’"
Page Six's source says that Leah was "put through interrogations and blacklisted" and subject to "thought modification" for five years after an incident at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wedding in 2006. Leah supposedly, the source says, asked about the whereabouts of Miscavige's wife, Shelly; she was reportedly told, "You don't have the [bleeping] rank to ask about Shelly." Shelly's lawyer maintains that she's not missing at all; she's spending her time working with the Church.
A source close to Leah, whose new show Family Tools was recently canceled, said she's weighing going public when she sees what the church tries to do in response.