Leah Remini Thanks Those Who Spoke Out Against Scientology In 'Going Clear'
Actress and ex-Scientologist Leah Remini thanked everyone involved in HBO's damning Scientology documentary, Going Clear.On Sunday night, the film aired on HBO, and it painted a dark picture of the abuses inside the powerful Church of Scientology through interviews with high-ranking defectors and footage from inside the church's religious meetings.
Remini tweeted that same night: "Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn't have a voice, you do now. #GoingClear"
The 44-year-old Kings of Queens star had been a prominent Scientologist for more than 30 years before leaving the church in July 2013. For months Remini stayed mum about her reasons for defecting, although a source told the New York Post that Remini left because she was upset with how nobody was able to question Scientology leader David Miscavige's management and the church forced members to "disconnect" with others they found to be "suppressive persons," like people who chose to leave the church. In Feb. 2014, Remini told BuzzFeed that there were many reasons behind her defection, but the biggest reason was her daughter. At the time, her daughter was nearing the age to start the auditing process, Scientology's form of counseling, and it got her thinking. Remini said Scientology follows a mantra of "Church First," and she didn't like the message that it was sending to her daughter.
She wanted to make changes within the church and spoke to her Scientology friends about it. However, that fell on deaf ears. “We had a chance to make a change from within, but they didn’t want to,” Remini said. “That showed me they didn’t actually care, which went against everything I thought we stood for. They only cared that their lives would be disrupted if they stood with me. They didn’t care about doing the right thing. That showed me everything the Church taught me was a lie.”
After that interview, the Church of Scientology sent a statement to PEOPLE, calling Remini "self-absorbed" and that her comments were "absurd" and "insulting."