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Leah Remini: Scientology Disciplined Me For Telling Cruise & Holmes To Get A Room

In her first extensive interview since leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013, Leah Remini talked about her thirty years with the Church and why she finally decided to leave.

Remini said her mother, Vicki Marshall, was her gateway into the religion. After divorcing her husband, Marshall was looking for meaning and signed up both her daughters into the Church with their typical billion-year contract.

The 'King of Queens' actress admitted that once took the teachings of the church to heart she found them to be useful in her career.

"There's tools that are very, very helpful to you in your life, that are helpful to you as an actor," she told Dan Harris on '20/20'. "I walked into a room where some people might cower in front of a casting director I wasn't."

Remini said she the Church was especially upset with her when it came to any criticism of its star, Tom Cruise.

She said being critical of Cruise was considered the same as "being critical of Scientology itself."

She recounted once when an official from the Church of Scientology called her and said, "Tom wants you to come over and teach him salsa dancing.

She and her husband obliged but they met two church officials along with Cruise and new girlfriend Katie Holmes (photosKatie Holmes photos).

"He was like, forcibly kissing Kate," Remini said. "I said, 'Hey, get a frickin' room,' and I was written up for that."

Remini said Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes was a turning point in her relationship with the religion.

At the event she became curious and began asking questions about why the head of the church, David Miscavige, had attended the event without his wife, Shelly.

Whether she was made to or not, Katie Holmes apparently even filed a "knowledge report" saying she was "dismayed at the behavior of Leah Remini during the events leading up to our wedding and our wedding. The behavior as a guest, a friend, was very upsetting."

Following the interview, Holmes, who divorced Tom Cruise in 2012, said: "I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future."

It's widely believed that Holmes left Cruise to keep their daughter, Suri, out of Scientology.

November 2, 2015 |

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