Leah Remini’s interview about her decision to leave Scientology has not gone unnoticed. The actress recently opened up to Buzzfeed about leaving the controversial religion once her daughter got “to the age where acclimation into the Church would have to start.” Now, the Church is firing back.
“It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for an ethical relapse,” a spokesperson for Scientology said in a statement.
According to The Exes star, she didn’t want her now 9-year-old daughter, Sofia, growing up the same way she did. “I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home,” she admitted. She added, “In my house, it’s family first — but I was spending most of my time at the Church. So I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent to my daughter.”
But the Church has a different story about. In fact, the spokeswoman says Leah wasn’t trying to remove her daughter from the Church at all. “Ms. Remini was not attending Church services for years,” she continued. “In fact, she was upset because no one in the Church was calling her or her family, going so far as to drag her daughter into the Church to insist upon being given special treatment. Sadly, this is the accurate, flip side of the events she is now spinning, which are absurd, insulting and motivated entirely by a desire to grab attention.”