Leah Remini releases statement apparently confirming she left Scientology after 30 years as report claims she threatened to call police about David Miscavige‘s ‘missing’ wife
- King of Queens actress thanked the media, her colleagues and fans for their support in a statement last night
- She allegedly threatened to call the cops on Scientology leader David Miscavige after questions about his wife Shelly’s whereabouts went unanswered
- Remini was ‘berated’ at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wedding because she asked about Shelly – who hasn’t been seen for six years
- The actress’s family was investigated by church, sources told New York Post
- Remini has been a Scientologist since her mother joined in the 1970s and avid defender of movement
- The church denies all allegations against it
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 12 July 2013
King of Queens actress Leah Remini threatened to call police on Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige after her ‘many… questions’ about the whereabouts of his wife, Shelly, who hasn’t been seen in public for six years, went ‘unanswered.’
Remini was allegedly interrogated for years after daring to ask about Miscavige’s wife, and the allegedly harsh treatment has reportedly prompted her to make a dramatic break from the church.
A source told The New York Post: ‘Because Leah threatened to call the police to find Shelly, she was put through “Security Checking,” her family was put through it, and her friends.’
Last night, Remini released a statement seemingly confirming her break from the institution.
‘I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and fans from around the world,’ she said, according to The Post. ‘I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.’
Remini was also ostracized, according to the newspaper, for questioning alleged practices including forcing church followers to ‘disconnect’ from family members branded as ‘suppressive persons.’
A source told 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?”‘
The insider added that in such sessions, the person being interrogated is shown pictures of the buildings the church built and told that the suppressive persons or ‘SPs’ are trying to ‘get you’ because ‘the church is winning.’
Questions: Tensions allegedly began when Remini, right, asked questions about the whereabouts of David Miscavige’s wife Shelly at Tome Cruise, left, and Katie Holmes’ wedding in 2006
The source added that when a church member visits an SP website they are ‘literally cutting across man’s ability to go free. You are, in fact, killing mankind.’
The Church of Scientology has yet to respond to a request for comment from MailOnline regarding the latest allegations.
Earlier this week, it was reported the actress had quit Scientology over claims that she was interrogated by the church she has been devoted to for 30 years and donated millions of dollars of donations to.
The rift began when Remini allegedly asked about Shelly’s absense, a source told the New York Post, at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2006, where Miscavige was best man.
The question allegedly prompted an immediate backlash from former head of the Scientology Celebrity Center Tommy Davis.
According to a blog by ex-Scientology member Mike Rinder, Davis said: ‘You don’t have the [bleeping] rank to ask about Shelly.’
The actress was then subsequently subjected to five years of ‘thought modification’, according to the Post.
Church friends, many of whom Remini had known for years, allegedly wrote reports on her and had her family investigated.
According to Mr Rinder’s blog, Remini ‘will no longer tolerate the squirreling and human rights abuses perpetrated in the church’.
Mr Rinder has yet to respond to a request for comment on his allegations from MailOnline.
A blog post by Village Voice editor Tony Ortega on July 5, suggested Remini remained loyal to the Scientology movement after a conversation with Remini’s husband Angelo Pagán, who was also a member of the church.
However, Ortega is now reporting that Remini has indeed cut ties, and he alleges that Shelly Miscavige was banished to a super-secret compound in the mountains above Los Angeles in 2005 or 2006 where she remains.
Responding to The Post’s initial report earlier this week, a Church of Scientology spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member.’
A lawyer who represented Remini last year has yet to respond to a request for comment on the allegations.
Leah Remini is one of the most recognizable faces of Scientology which boasts a wealth of celebrity members including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and Juliette Lewis.
In the past, Remini, who starred in the movie Old School and had bit parts in Friends and Cheers, has been an avid defender of the religion.
In an interview with CNN, she said of Scientology’s critics: ‘If somebody is going to get turned off about something because of what they read or heard, then that person’s not smart enough to even enter a church.
‘If you’re really against something, then know what you’re against.’
Remini promoted the launch of a Hollywood museum backed by Scientology, named the
‘Citizens Commission on Human Rights Psychiatry: An Industry of Death’. A key component of the Scientology movement is its stand against psychiatry.
Remini, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, has been involved in the church for around 30 years after her mother joined in the 1970s.
She married her King of Queens co-star Angelo Pagán in 2003 and the couple have a nine-year-old daughter Sofia Bella. The family lives in Los Angeles.
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