Get Your Fresh Intelligence Daily

SUBMIT

Leah Remini's 10 Most Damning Scientology Revelations From Her '20/20' Special

Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Getty Images

Oct. 31 2015, Updated 12:32 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

Actress Leah Remini sat down with 20/20 to discuss Scientology two years after her split with the controversial religion. Click through the gallery to discover the most shocking revelations from her explosive sit-down.

Article continues below advertisement
Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Getty Images
Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Getty Images

Remini was introduced to Scientology by her mother when she was a child. Her mother signed her up for a strict sect called the Sea Org. Remini signed a contract with the sect for a billion years of membership, as the religion believes in reincarnation.

Article continues below advertisement
Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20

Remini feels that . "You live in roach-infested dorms with other children," she said of her time with the Sea Org. "You could go from working in a laundry room to working industrial sanders."

Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Getty Images

She also said that she was punished too harshly for minor things, like over-the-clothes contact with her then boyfriend. “When you have screwed up royally in the Sea Org, it’s basically to reform you. You have to wear black, you have to run everywhere you go, you have to call everyone sir. It’s pretty severe punishment for an adult, not to mention a child.”

Article continues below advertisement
Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Splash News

Remini was eventually kicked out of the Sea Org for failure to uphold their moral standards.

Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20

Despite these negative aspects of Scientology, Remini does credit the religion with helping her confidence in auditions, as she was not afraid of the casting directors. “There’s tools that are very, very helpful to you and your life, to you as an actor,” she said. “So I walked into a room, where some people might cower in from of a casting director — I wasn’t.”

Article continues below advertisement
Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20

Scientology found its way into every aspect of her life -- including her medical care. However, the actress disobeyed the church when she chose to have an epidural while giving birth. "I was going to attempt to do it for my church, but when you start feeling a baby coming out of your vagina — if there was a rock, I would have hit myself on the head with it," she said. "So I got that epidural as quickly as possible."

Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Splash News

Tom Cruise was the golden boy of Scientology, and opposing him meant getting "written up" by the church. For Remini, this happened when she made a light jab at the star during a salsa class. "He was like, forcibly kissing Katie, and I said, 'Hey, get a freaking room.'"

Article continues below advertisement
Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Getty Images

The church requested that Remini invite her friends, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, but the couples were kept apart during the multi-day festivities. “They were trying to extract me … I can only assume because they wanted to make Jennifer a Scientologist," Remini surmised. After the wedding, Holmes allegedly filed a complaint with the church against Remini for inappropriate behavior at the wedding. Remini was then sent away for "reprogramming."

Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Splash News

After Holmes and Cruise divorced, Remini felt vindicated. "I said, ‘where’s my apology?’”

Leah Remini Scientology Star Slams Religion Tom Cruise 20/20
Source: Getty Images

Holmes has issued a statement saying, "I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future." However, she is reportedly demanding an apology of her own from ABC executives who allegedly used her name unjustifiably to promote their 20/20 special.

Advertisement

© Copyright 2021 Radar Media Group LLC. Radar and RadarOnline are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.