In the lead up to the release of Leah Remini’s explosive tell-all book about the world of Scientology, the New York Daily News has been given an insight into the realities of life within the church.
In her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Leah Remini speaks out about her life in the clutches of the church, and reveals a scandalous look inside the wedding of Scientology royalty, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
Writing in her book, Leah reveals that at the wedding, which she claims she was only invited to in order to get her friend, Jennifer Lopez, to attend, Tom and Katie’s seven-month-old daughter, Suri, was left to cry by herself for hours.
In the book, Leah writes that after hearing the baby cry for “five long minutes”, she followed the sound of her cries to a bathroom, where she found three people, including Cruise’s sister and his assistant surrounding Suri and “gaping at her” like she was the incarnation of “L. Ron Hubbard”, the founder of Scientology.
According to Remini, it took several minutes before she convinced one of the women to pick Suri up and give her some milk.
After ‘interfering’ with Suri’s situation, Remini caused further strife by asking Isabella Cruise, the daughter of Tom Cruise and ex-wife Nicole Kidman, if she had seen her mother lately.
“Not if I have a choice,” said the then 14-year-old, “Our mom is a f---ing SP [Suppressive Person].”
Writing in her book, Remini reveals it was these actions that ‘upset’ the church and caused a riff.
After the ceremony, Leah alleges that the church began cutting her off, and that Katie Holmes, now married to one of the church’s most prominent members, was part of it.
“I was dismayed at the behaviour of Leah Remini during the events leading up to our wedding,” wrote Holmes in a ‘knowledge report’, “At the wedding, the behaviour as a guest, a friend ... was very upsetting.”
Holmes, who has since divorced Cruise and broken off her involvement with the religion, recanted her earlier accusations in an apology just this week, writing, “I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”
Months after the events of the wedding, Leah began to formally break off her ties to the church, which led to a very public lynching, including being compared to a “wife beater” for leaving.
“The real story is that she desperately tried to remain a Scientologist in 2013, knowing full well she was on the verge of being expelled for refusing to abide by the high level of ethics and decency Scientologists are expected to maintain,” the church wrote in a statement.
“Her repeated ethical lapses and callous treatment of others led to an ecclesiastical review which resulted in her being expelled.”
“She now regurgitates the tired myths the Church has repeatedly debunked, circulated by the same tiny clique of expelled former staffers bitter at having lost the positions they enjoyed before their malfeasance and unethical conduct were uncovered,” the church said.
“Ms. Remini is now joined at the hip with this collection of deadbeats, admitted liars, self-admitted perjurers, wife beaters and worse.”