Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology a few weeks ago and is now ready to talk. The “King of Queens” actress is planning to write a tell-all book about her life, which will include insider observations about the controversial religion. This is the first time that a high-profile celeb is publishing an insider account of Scientology, which is a very controversial yet popular religion among many A-list stars.
“It will include my experiences, everything that’s taboo to talk about,” Remini reportedly told US Weekly at an event last week. Remini elaborated that the book will tell her side of the story in regards to her recent split with the church.
Brooklyn-born, Remini, is known for being outspoken but she took it to a new level when it was announced July 11 that was leaving the church of Scientology where she’s been a very visible member for more than three decades.
The next day Remini, 43, said “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,” Remini says. “I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.”
Although Remini has remained silent since her statement and is now “laying low,” friends say she is not afraid of what’s ahead. “Leah is saying ‘I’m seeing things are wrong,’ ” says her sister Nicole Remini-Wiskow, who also left the church in 2005.”She fights for what she believes in.”
What Remini didn’t say was that she had questioned and objected to many common practices within the Church, and criticized its leader, David Miscavige. As a result, she had been subjected to many years of “interrogations” and “thought modifications.”
“She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt,” a source is quoted. Specifically, Remini had “questioned the validity of excommunication of people,” the source says. “She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.'”
Remini’s skepticism supposedly began, of all places, at the 2006 wedding of Cruise and Katie Holmes in Italy. Remini asked about the whereabouts of David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, who, subsequently, has reportedly not been seen in public since 2007. (The Church of Scientology denies that Shelly Miscavige is missing and says that “any reports that she is missing are false.”)
When she asked about it she was told to shut up, as if the question itself was out of line. That did not sit well with the actress, who is known for speaking her mind. After a Church official supposedly scolded her, Remini was then “put through interrogations and blacklisted” and endured five years of “thought modification” a process also referred to “Truth Rundown.”
In a video interview made by filmmaker Mark Bunker, former Scientologist Bruce Hines explains what happens in the “Truth Rundown.” It’s a process, he explains, that is intended to convince a subject that whatever unethical or bad behavior he witnessed was only a delusional product of his own evil intentions. In other words, Leah Remini would have been under intense pressure to confess that it was her own evil intent which caused her to say something negative about David Miscavige.
When she returned from Italy, she did what Scientologists are told to do when they see something that they consider against the church’s rules — she wrote a “Knowledge Report.”
Remini’s report, allegedly, included criticisms of Miscavige, his personal “communicator” Laurisse Stuckenbrock, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and other members of Scientology’s upper management. She also “had it out” with Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw, church execs Mike Sutter and Hansueli Stahli (who, with another executive, Marion Pouw, have been used as a kind of barnstorming committee, traveling around the country to quiet ex-members with large payments and confidentiality agreements), as well as media handlers Tommy Davis and Jessica Feshbach, accusing them of lying to the press about Scientology’s toxic “disconnection” policy and the excessive interrogations of church members. Remini then filed her report.
The church says it won’t comment on Remini or any member in detail and maintains that critics misunderstand the nature of security checks.
“Security checking” is Scientology’s version of interrogation using an “e-meter.” During “auditing,” Scientology’s form of counseling, a church member holds the sensors of the machine, which measures skin galvanism and is reflected in the motion of a needle indicator. Scientologists believe that the machine can actually read the “mass” of thoughts, and therefore it can tell when they are holding back information. In “sec-checking,” this process becomes more brutal as the questioner bores into the church member’s private life, trying to determine whether a subject is holding negative thoughts about Miscavige or the church itself.
While all of the details surrounding her separation from this organized religion are still unclear, Leah Remini plans to clarify her experience with the Church of Scientology in her upcoming tell-all book.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)