King of Queens actress Leah Remini is making a “dramatic break” with the church of Scientology as accusations surrounding the church and its practices fly, RadarOnline.com is reporting. Remini reportedly threatened to call police when no one would answer her question about the location of Shelly Miscavige, wife of church leader David Miscavige.
The fact that Remini asked the question started a chain of events leading the actress to be interrogated by church officials, a key report says.
After days of rumblings that Remini had enough with the religion, she confirmed her departure in an official statement.
“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. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support,” she said in the statement .
Remini reportedly threatened to call police after her “many unanswered questions” concerning the location of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly, the New York Post reported.
While Tom Cruise is the best-known public face of Scientology, Miscavige wields the power. A source told the Post that Remini was “interrogated” for years because she asked about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige.
According to the Post:
“When you ask a question, like, ‘Where is Shelly?,’ you are immediately hauled in, interrogated and asked, ‘Why are you asking, who are you connected to, are you going on the Internet?’ ” said a source.
The Post also said Leah questioned the church’s practice of forcing members to “disconnect” from family members who are labeled “suppressive persons.”
Miscavige’s wife has not been seen in public – except for one time – since 2006, a well known Scientology blogger reported.
Remini’s questions led to her being put through “thought modification” for five years by the church, according to the Post.
When church officials attempted to put her through that again earlier this year she refused, the report says.
The Church has denied the allegations run by the New York Post.
UPDATE: 3:15 PM: A rep from the Church of Scientology told us, “The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no further comment.” The Church went on to say “on a broader level, please note the following, which is not to be construed as a comment about Ms. Remini. We have read numerous allegations about the Church in the coverage of this story that are categorically false, alleging so-called policies and practices. The allegations of “interrogations” and “thought modification” are absurd and pure nonsense, as are all the statements made about the Church’s leader, Mr. David Miscavige. Under the 25-year leadership of Mr. Miscavige, following in the footsteps of our Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, the Church is enjoying tremendous expansion as shown in our new churches opening in six continents and the many new parishioners joining their congregations.”