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Leah Remini is on a mission to share the truth (or, what she perceives as the truth, anyway) about the Church of Scientology. In her A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath, the actress features the stories of the church's former members, who document harrowing experiences from their time within the controversial group. But, two former members who have not appeared on the show are Tom Cruise's ex-wives Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman.
As it turns out, there could be a rather alarming reason for that. "I keep wondering — why haven’t Katie Holmes or Nicole Kidman spoken out?" Remini told Us Weekly.
She then speculated: "I assume they were forced to sign prohibitive documents. Trust me, Katie’s not allowed to have a meal with me and we used to be close friends. She could lose custody of Suri. It’s quite sick, really.”
Remini went on to share that the people who do participate in her show don't get off without some consequences. "[They] are harassed constantly, especially me," she said. "Members of the church go to my mother’s restaurant, confront my little sister and my stepkids in San Francisco, trying to intimidate us. These abusive scare tactics are what they call a religion."
Karin Pouw, a spokesperson for the church, responded with a statement to Us. "While we would prefer to ignore yet another of Leah Remini’s over-the-top rants aimed at getting attention, she unfortunately continues to incite waves of anti-religious hate crimes. Ms. Remini’s incessant hate speech has required increased security and law enforcement resources spent to protect lives she puts at risk,” the statement said. “Ms. Remini’s ridiculous rants are unending and the myths and tales she and her coproducer spread are grown more bizarre by the day … They hire producers to rehash tired, preposterous myths invented and spread by the same handful of former Scientologists motivated by greed and anger."
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