Leah Remini Cuts Ties With Church Of Scientology

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July 11, 2013 | 5:55pm EST

Actress Leah Remini has cut all ties with the Church of Scientology after falling out with religious leader David Miscavige.
The former King of Queens star reportedly became embroiled in an argument with Miscavige over some of the group’s strict policies and now she has decided to leave the organization after 30 years as a devoted member.
A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology refused to confirm or deny the story, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member.”
The news was first reported by the New York Post on Thursday, when a source told the publication, “It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people. She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.'”
Remini has previously been very vocal about her support of the organization, which routinely receives bad press and counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its devotees – in 2001 she defended the Church in an interview with CNN.com, saying, “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.”