Leah Remini Says Tom Cruise Thinks She's 'Literally The Devil'
Leah Remini, who’s making the promo rounds in support of A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has been asked about Tom Cruise on more than one occasion (of course). Her allegations about the Cocktail actor, unsurprisingly, aren’t terribly kind.
In perhaps her starkest comment on Cruise, Remini said on Friday on Larry King Now that Cruise thinks she's the devil...like, for real.
"Tom and all Scientologists are taught to believe that people like me are literally the devil, that we mean them harm," said Remini.
She also said that Cruise is no dope; he apparently knows that the church isn't exactly legitimate. When King said, "I don't think he's out to fool you," Remini responded with, "No, but Tom is very well-aware of what is Scientology, truthfully. He's very aware that it's an organization that is defrauding people out of their lives." But, Remini adds, that doesn't mean he hasn't bought into the putative beliefs of the church. "In his heart, I believe he believes it," said Remini. "Tom is a fully dedicated and loyal Scientologist, absolutely."
When King asked Remini if she thinks Cruise is "delusional," she said, "I mean, I can say that about myself at the time. Yes."
In an interview with Variety that was published on Tuesday, Remini talked more about Cruise's entrenched relationship with the church. When asked if she thinks Cruise would ever leave, Remini said, "I hope so because people who knew Tom [Cruise], before he was fully brainwashed, said that he was a sweet and loving person and he's turned into something else, something unrecognizable to people that have known him." She says that John Travolta, another recognizable Scientology member, is also unlikely to leave. "John loves Scientology and John believes that Scientology is everything. He's a very sweet man," said Remini, adding, "I don't think they're going anywhere."
She also went on to speak of Katie Holmes, who was once married to Cruise and had left him (and the church) with their daughter Suri. Remini told Variety that Holmes is now "considered a suppressive person by the church and is to be shunned. That would be the same for her daughter." Here, she reiterated one of the things that she believes is most damaging about Scientology—the church's ability to break families apart. "I would hate to see [Cruise] continue to give up real relationships for something that is not good, and that is not decent."
Of course, the church has been on the defensive, putting Remini's intentions into question. In a statement dated November 26, the church said:
Leah Remini has disparaged and exploited her former faith through a series of failed publicity stunts, culminating in her "reality" television show—featuring a cast of admitted liars who have, for a profit, been telling differing versions of the same false tales of abuse for years, many reviewed and discredited in courts of law. That A&E would promote their agenda smacks of bigotry.
The church also claims that Remini had attempted to make money off of them:
Within the last month Leah Remini attempted to extort first $500,000 followed by another demand for $1,000,000 ($1.5 million total) from the Church because we responded with the truth to her dishonest and despicable harassment of the Church and its leader.
The church even put up an anti-Remini website that has the very nuanced title of "Leah Remini, Aftermath: After Money." The site also provides pointed takedowns on other people who've participated on the A&E show, as well as some choice selections from critical reviews of Aftermath.
Here are some more clips of Remini's sit-down with King (the "devil" comment is in the top clip):
Select episodes of Aftermath can be viewed on the A&E website.