Leah Remini to pen memoir detailing her Scientology experiences 'Everything that's taboo will be in it'
It's the news the Church of Scientology have probably been dreading.
High profile defector Leah Remini, 43, has revealed she's writing a tell-all book about her experiences within the controversial religion.
Speaking at the 15th annual DesignCare event in Malibu, Remini told Us: 'It will include my experiences, everything that's taboo to talk about.'
Paying no heed to the powerful enemies she has made since her split from the institution, she said: 'We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about.'
The diminutive showed no signs of being bowed by the attacks on her character since she left Scientology as she posed with her friend Holly Robinson Peete.
Talking to People magazine she defended her choice to break with the church after 30 years.
'I believe that people should be able to question things,' she explained.
Meanwhile, Crash director Paul Haggis praised the actress in an open letter to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that she was one of just two high profile names who refused to disconnect from him after his defection in 2009.
'I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct.
'That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.'
Leah was said to have been ostracised and subjected to intensive interrogation within the religion.
The Church of Scientology said in a statement to MailOnline: 'The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no further comment.'
Telling all: Remini is writing her memoirs, and not holding back by all accounts
Former King Of Queens star Leah joined the Church with her mother in the 1970s after relocating to Los Angeles from Brooklyn to pursue her acting dream.
Since her split with the institution prominent church members such as Kirstie Alley have appeared to attack their former friend.
The fallout from Remini's Scientology defection continues to gather momentum and has now enveloped another big name in the drama... Katie Holmes.
Tom Cruise's ex-wife may have left both him and the controversial religion, but Leah's sister, Nicole, has claimed in a widely reported interview that Holmes, now 34, joined 62-year-old Kirstie Alley in writing negative reports about the King of Queens star after Katie's 2006 wedding to Cruise.
According to Radar Online, Nicole, a former Scientologist, claims that both Holmes and Alley wrote ‘knowledge reports’ to the church about 43-year-old Leah’s behaviour. (Church followers are understood to be obliged to submit write-ups on fellow members' transgressions.)
The Church of Scientology strenuously deny any of the sensational allegations brought by Nicole.
Leah, who left the church after 37 years, apparently sparked the chain of events at Cruise and Holmes' Italian wedding when she and non-Scientologist friend Jennifer Lopez tried to change seats so they could be next to one another.
Nicole told former Village Voice editor Tony Ortega, who then relayed it via his blog, The Underground Bunker: 'She wanted to sit with Leah, and so Leah went to make it happen.'
But a Hollywood publicist 'took exception to Leah’s request and complained to Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise that Leah was causing a scene,' Ortega described Nicole as telling him.
'Later, Leah asked other people at the event if she had caused a scene and they said she hadn’t,' Nicole says.
One friend of Nicole's then submitted a report to the church in support of the Brooklyn born star which led to four other people writing to the church about the incident, two of which were allegedly Holmes and Alley.
Nicole says Leah told a Scientologist friend what happened and the friend submitted a report to the church, taking Leah’s side.
'They wrote that Leah was an embarrassment to Scientology,' Nicole said. 'They said she ruined the wedding. All she did was ask to change her seat.'
Nicole has also claimed that Leah’s questioning of why church leader David Miscavige’s wife was not at the wedding and is rarely seen in public also caused the church to question her.
omg are these people 12 years old? all this over changing tables?
You in danger, gurl!
She better get the brakes on her car checked.
I hope that her family is alright. I really do. Hopefully, she invested her money well and can pull off having really good security for her family.
Miss Cabbage is insane you know. She really is.
OP, Any guesses as to when excerpts from the book will go online or in a pre-sale to Vanity Fair et al?
I'll see you soon, Leah.
Tommy can you hear me!
I find Leah annoying and abrasive as fuck, but I'm glad she's writing this memoir. I can't wait for her to further expose this shitty cult. BTW interesting to see she and Holly are still besties since they both got the boot from The Talk. When Leah's book comes out, I assume she'll appear on The View? I mean she doesn't get along with Sharon lol and we don't know her current status with former bff Sara Gilbert or former co-host Julie Chen.
Leah, you in danger girl!
Why don't we just start the Leah Remini obituary thread now.
Hope she has a really great life insurance policy so her kids will be taken care of
Leah, dear, why don't you stop by and we can talk this out.
I made tea. It's your favorite.
Wasn't Naz, Tammy's Scieno intended, told to "disappear" to some small out-of-the-way place after supposedly offending both Tammy and dictator Miscabbage, leading to the breakup of the relationship?
So do we think Leah was on the Scientology bandwagon because she thought she'd one day make movie history with Tom Cruise? And now when it's clear her star is never going to rise, she's using this somewhat small incident to take them all down with her? And maybe even gambling her career will be reactivated by her unexpected and kind of heroic/scary behavior?
If she survives that is. I'd've waited until the book was written before I announced it.
Leah, like many Scieno victims was raised in the cult. She was abused in Sea Org, after as a young teen signing a billion year (or is it trillion, the answer's really not relevant) contract. I would guess that the credible and extreme threats on her family and career are what's motivating her to retaliate so strongly, despite the real risk to her life.
r15, according to the article, she was a member for 37 years so that predates Cruise's superstardom.
Link please! Tony Ortega's website has no mention of this, and the OP seems to quote People magazine, then Us magazine, and this is on neither of their websites. Condition of Doubt, if not Liability.
Most likely scenarios:
Tragic car accident. Only the driver. Blamed on texting and driving, making her look vapid and careless and a terror to the general populace. No loss.
Overdose of prescription medications. Blamed on the stress of leaving the clams. They'll use it as proof that meds and psychiatry are evil and lead to tragic ends. Perfect recruitment tool.
Just disappears. The least likely, but they could get desperate. Always plausibility she's just "taking a break" and may return.
This, of course, will be after months of stalking and public discrediting, exposing all the secrets they have after years of auditing.
R18, Not OP. Here's 1 link. Hope it's not just publicized in The Daily Fail.
That link is very interesting, R20, thank you, but it has absolutely nothing to do with this thread. I don't really care one way or the other -- I've no connection to the COS -- but this story has NO existence anywhere else on the web. Why?
What's on her Ipod?
The Emmys have already placed her slide in the tribute montage.
Settle down R23. If it's not true it'll go away and if it is, we'll see some more about it soon.
L. Ron Hubbard losing his shit. Let's face it, drugs were involved. He was one of the greatest charlatans of the 20th century.
Thanks, R28 R29. Very helpful. Let's hope she really will [live to] do this.
r30 Enjoy her while you can.
Read up on what happened to people in China during the cultural revolution during Mao's reign. Scientology pulls the exact same sh*t on people.
ooooh, you in MAJOR danger, gurl!!!!
R18, R31, Thanks. The 2 Daily Mail stories I posted are so similar that I'm confused. Since they were originally written hours apart, perhaps 1 was verifying the other as truth.
Even Lainey is publicizing this latest Scieno flap, with a MLK reference, and a shout out and thanks to Haggis. Lainey also references Haggis's expose. Maybe he'll help Leah write her book? Wishful thinking? Yes, of course.
Stars don't ever really leave CO$, right? She's still forking over money and complying to whatever they want. Correct me if Im wrong, but doesn't CO$ offer info protection services to celebrities? I can't imagine why else they'd get involved.
How many celebrity dead pools have just been ruined.
Oh, R35, I think she has definitely left the CoS, and taken her family with her, which is a big deal. I thought Paul Haggis's letter in the Hollywood Reporter was quite moving. Where's Shelly?
From Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker, relaying why celebs are reluctant to voice their opinions on this evil cult, and pointing out Scieno admissions of very dirty tricks, in The Hollywood Reporter.
"In all, there may be as many as 100 anonymous smear sites actively targeting people who have dared to criticize the church and its leader, David Miscavige. They are filled with innuendo and juvenile attacks, and now the Church of Scientology has at least admitted that it has “supplied information” to them.
R21, Don't know either way but how do YOU know Travolta wants to leave the cult?
Not 21 but there've been a few blind items that seemed to point to Travolta wanting to leave Scientology. They've been discussed here before.
Two words: RONNIE CHASEN.
How long before Leah's found dead?
was Ronni involved in Scientology?
I've always liked her despite her Scieno ties. Call it my lingering fondness for the Malibu summer episodes of Saved by the Bell and Stacy Carosi.
Proud of her.
She's got guts, I'll give her that.
Yes, R46. And soon enough, those guts of hers will be splattered all over the windshield of her car.
If Leah does write and publish a book, it will be interesting to read. Other ex-Scienos have written books and there are investigative journalist type books like Going Clear which have spilled a lot of dirt. Leah's book will give good insight from first person celebrity viewpoint.
R39, A comment from THR as to your quest, Where's Shelley, Miscabbage's wife:
"According to "her lawyer," she is in a slave-rehabilitation camp being kept awake 19 or 20 hours a day seven days a week at manual labor, with her teeth rotting out, basic hygiene ignored, and absolutely no possibility of attention for any physical problems. It has been going on for seven years and it can go on for seventeen more. She is being guarded night and day and will not have the wherewithal to get out."
r40 And you all wonder why I'm so vacant, pale and cold.
At Leah's got guts, unlike Lisa Marie who allegedly left but then got suckered back in.
After reading that letter Paul Haggis wrote about Remini I came to respect her for being a mensch.
The fact that her whole family supports her is very telling, too.
I'm glad she is out of that cult.
Where is Shelly? Where are the investigations from the police, FBI?
That moron believed in Xenu and Thetans for 37 years....what an idiot.
I think the same about magic Jesus and Mary stories too....
I was referring to the way she handled herself in relation to Paul Haggis, R58.
Lisa Marie was scared to leave the CO$. Somehow I wish that her father were here right now. Elvis would be up in their asses for messing with his daughter.
Tony Ortega of Underground Bunker emailed me personally to say that there is not a signed and verified book deal just yet.
Since several more sources online, beyond the ones that I've already cited, are saying that there is a book deal in the works, perhaps many are trying to encourage Leah to write a tell all and are already supporting her in the cult's vigorous "fair game."
Well, I guess somebody has revitalized their career.
Someone should do a reality show about her break with the clams. This way there would be cameras on her at all times. The clams will self destruct with frustration because every attempt they make to kill her will be thwarted by cameras.
Leah's membership in Scientology :
Watching Scientology implode as they try to kill her:
Scientology is a thug organization and they make the Mafia look principled by comparison but if enough high profile members quit now that would kill the cult.
If Travolta and others backed Leah it would go a long way to putting the stake through the heart of this murderous corrupt soul destroying corporation.
R63, R65, Would either of you volunteer to work behind the scenes of Leah's reality show, knowing
that like Tony Ortega and others you'd be Fair Gamed as well?
not at all r66. But if a network were doing it, they wouldn't be able to target network crew.
Is her garage ventilated? Just curious.
has anyone seen Tommy Davis lately?
Tommy Davis has a high-paying job in the Austin area. Despite dropping out of Columbia after his first semester and not completing college anywhere else, he is a managing director at a private equity firm and his wife is a high-end realtor.
I assume both companies they work for are $cieno-member owned. I couldn't imagine working my ass off and then having to work with the likes of Tommy Davis.
R70, Perhaps Tommy Davis was hired because of his supposed celeb contacts through his wealthy parents. Plus he's an experienced salesman of a very hard to sell product. He is also used to putting a positive spin on a high ticket item of questionable value and return on investment.
Tommy and Jessica definitely got their jobs due to connections. Both of them have it easy compared to others who have left SeaOrg.
If Leah does have a book deal, I hope she dishes the dirt on Tommy, Jessica, and Anne.
It's idiotic to think that JT will blow anytime soon -- think what must be in their files on him. Plus, DM still blames him for the abject failure of "Battlefield Earth," and has probably let him know that he has no options. Still, there is every reason to believe that Co$ is in a moment of real crisis.
What could they possibly tell us about Travolta that hasn't been hinted at or discussed or reported in the past several years? I can't think of any movie star who has had his personal life revealed in the tabloids or regular newspapers/magazines/internet blogs as much as John.
Maybe he is waiting to see how this Leah thing plays out before making a move of his own.
How did her parents get involved in Scientology anyway? She's an Italian from Brooklyn, I'm sure she was born Catholic, and all of her neighbors were likely Italian Catholics (I think she's from Bensonhurst). How in the world did her parents get involved in this cult?
If I am not mistaken, r77 her mother got involved with some guy who brought them into it.
Scientology has many "front" organizations and people designed to lure the start struck or the addicted or the seeker of truth into what APPEARS to be a benign organization.
It's a roach motel situation. Once you are in you have a fuck of a time getting out.
Scientology, like Hare Krishna etc., will resort to ANY tactic from torture to murder to protect it's interests.
Scientology calls itself a religion to inoculate itself from criticism but the real purpose of Scientology is to gain power and control for those at the top.
The meanest of the meanest.
R77, It was Leah's new stepfather that brought the whole family into the cult.
Hey, yeah she's loud and outspoken, traits women here are vilified for,(Mamma issues perhaps?). But she is a victim. She was brainwashed as a kid. Her parents joined as fully aware adults. She finally gets out and you people are making jokes about her being killed. Not cool.
R80, The jokes about Leah being killed (and I wasn't the one making them) are an attempt at black humor. Leah and especially her pets, as well as her kids, her friends, her business associates, her car, are all in very grave danger from the cult, which is famous for Fair Game and violent retribution.
What I hate is the poster who's falsely claiming that Leah left Scieno as a publicity stunt. Yes more now know her name, including me. She's still taking a terrible risk. Hopefully others will now be brave enough to follow her lead.
[quote]Scientology is a thug organization and they make the Mafia look principled by comparison but if enough high profile members quit now that would kill the cult.
I doubt it will ever fully die out. They still have A LOT of money too.
[quote]The jokes about Leah being killed (and I wasn't the one making them) are an attempt at black humor.
Successful attempt! I love the black humor of DL. Long may it reign!
It seems like the cult has responded to Remini's defection by "fair gaming" other high profile critics or defectors more so than the usual.
According to a comment on Tony Ortega's blog, there was an announcement on CNN that Leah's expose is in the works. Expect the cult to retaliate against "all potential trouble sources"
to block more damaging info from being released.
There's a debate if Miscabbage will drag Shelley out the 3rd week of Aug at a Scieno money grub. If so she will not be allowed to talk to any media.
Kirstie had to backtrack her fat ass after people starting going after Kirstie.
Kirstie said news outlets were lying and tweeted.
[quote]I do NOT care what religion ANYONE is or isn’t. I respect religions & would fight for your freedom as well as mine,” wrote the actress. “Thank U lying ‘news’ outlets for thinking I have ESP & write tweets ‘BEFORE’ events OCCUR.I accept that compliment. Ur ‘sources’ don’t exist.”
Ha! First who the hell uses ESP anymore? haven't heard that in years. She attacked Leah the day before Leah announced she was gone. The Church knew about it already and is Kirstie that stupid to think it didn't get around to start the attacks? C'mon. She backtracked because she was bombarded with people not happy with her attacking Leah and she Oh yeah, has a show starting in Dec to promote.
Poor Kirstie Alley. She needs help.
[quote]What could they possibly tell us about Travolta that hasn't been hinted at or discussed or reported in the past several years? I can't think of any movie star who has had his personal life revealed in the tabloids or regular newspapers/magazines/internet blogs as much as John.
Yeah but at the end of the day, those are still "rumors". It'd be so much more different to actually HEAR Travolta say all these things.
Good for her. Stupid f---ing mixed-Arab whatever POS can make some money; certainly isn't getting much (any?) acting work.
[quote]Stupid f---ing mixed-Arab whatever POS
What the fuck are talking about you loon?
Clam alert at R88.
The CO$ should have been existed.
". . . a very young man short on education and experience, long on ambition, who allowed himself to be pulled into the narcissistic snake pit known as Hollywood. He became so bedazzled by the stars, he couldn't see how he lost himself -- yet, all the while he was thinking that he was seducing them.
When he finally realizes he sold his soul for empty promises surrounded by glitter, his world will come crashing down with no one to care enough about him to soften the fall. I feel sorry for him, but we all have lessons to learn."
I meant it should have never been existed.
Where is that quote from, 92?
Are all Scienos racist like R88?
R84. If the rumor about Miss Cabbage's wife is true then there is no way. I cannot picture someone who has been 'living' like Miss Cabbage's wife being made up to be presentable in public that quickly. Maybe after a lengthy hospital stay, but not as quickly as the rumor you spoke of suggests.
If Leah lives to make it, then the audio version of the book she might wind up doing will be great. A friend of mine said that it would be like the $cieno version of those tapes Judy Garland made for what was to be her memoir.
R94, The quote was from a comment on Tony Ortega's blog. Many former cult members post, and I try to relay the most relevant.
R95, I'm not R88, nor was I ever a cult member. However, I guarantee you that despite the surface sales pitches of claims of inclusion, from Day-1 Scienos, worse than any other cult, are extremely racist, homophobic, sexist, misogynist, etc. This stems from the original creator Hubbard's documented mental illness and extreme anger and resentment.
I put some of the links documenting racist quotes on the After Earth thread. Put it this way, the cult is far worse than the Mormons, who've at least officially changed some of their most offensive policies.
Comments from Tony Ortega's blob.
"Leah is not writing a book."
“It will include my experiences, everything that’s taboo to talk about,” Remini, 43, told Us Weekly magazine at a charity event July 27. Sounds like a book.
My sources tell me it's a misquote, and that while she may, down the road, consider writing a book, she isn't planning to at this time. Everyone else has just jumped on the Us Weekly quote as fact. Again, I'm told she didn't say it that way."
R98 So she's gonna wimp out?
A comment direct from Tony Ortega, on his blog, The Underground Bunker.
"You'll notice that the Underground Bunker has not breathlessly repeated Us Weekly's news about an impending book as everyone else has. If it were true, we'd tell you. In fact, we're told Us mangled something she said -- and someone might be suspicious that they didn't report that utterance with the others they reported the week before (which were from the same public event.) Anyway, our sources are very good, and if you had any idea what Leah is really up to, you might not be so quick to judge."
I had a little conversation with Leah. With my fingers tightening around her neck.
From Tony Ortega's blog, The Underground Bunker.
"There are a number of stories at that say that Leah is going to write a book and the sky is the limit from publishers for her story.
My (Tony Ortega) information is that Us Weekly (probably knowingly) mangled what she said to make it look like she's already planning a book. The truth is she has more immediate concerns and is not considering a book yet, even though she's had numerous offers. That may change and she may eventually decide to write a book, at which time she would be paid what the book is worth.
Any company that pays millions for a book like that will then exert enormous energy to recoup its investment by getting copies of that book into every corner of the earth, and have it promoted on as many television shows and news sites as humanly possible.
There is no evidence whatsoever that she is pursuing a book deal except one mangled quote that is being repeated all over without foundation. Nobody has heard from any publisher or any confirmation from Leah or from anyone close to Leah."
Oooh, got some good intel on the Persian girl that TC "dated". It's too long, and I have to go to work, so I'll post late tonight.
Looking forward to it, R105
R105, According to former Scienos, Cruise totally freaked when Naz figured out that the "great mission" she was being groomed to accomplish was as his planned mate. Naz was not supposed to ask embarrassing questions.
Is Bridget Fonda a Sci-bot?
According to Maureen Orth's expose about Naz and the Katie Holmes divorce, apparently, Naz's disfavor came when she had severe menstrual cramping during a Colorado visit and felt hesitant to go on a sleighing expedition. Tom Cruise blew up at her for this fault as "cleared" people aren't supposed to have debilitating conditions, so she got reported for intransigence. She got progressively ostracized and was left without means.
According to The Daily Beast, Remini has filed a missing person's report for Miscavige's wife.
So I was right that the "memoir" story was bogus, or at least, dubious. But the Missing Persons report is great -- actually, better. All eyes will now be on the upcoming gala, and whether or not DM tries to wheel her out. This puts him in a very difficult position.
I would homeschool the kid if I were her.
I can't wait, so far I've read:
Inside Scientology - Janet Reitman
Going Clear - Lawrence Wright
Beyond Belief - Jenna Miscavige
Abuse at the Top - Amy Scobee
A Piece of Blue Sky (updated edition) - Jon Atack
I am fascinated by this crazy shit!
R105, What happened to your story of the inside scoop on Naz and Tom Cruise's aborted "love" affair?
[quote]According to former Scienos, Cruise totally freaked when Naz figured out that the "great mission" she was being groomed to accomplish was as his planned mate. Naz was not supposed to ask embarrassing questions.
In Going Clear, LW tells another version: that Naz somehow insulted DM by asking him to repeat something. Cruise got angry and said something like "you don't understand. There is LRH. There is COB. And then there is ME!". The church then broke up with Naz on TC's behalf.
(COB = DM)
religous persecution is alive and well. Leah should be ashamed of herself.
OMG. Leah Remini thinks the church of Scientology wants her to fail, so much so that she even told partner Tony Dovolani that she believes they're gunning for her to lose the competition.
And of course, they had a rebuttal. A Scientology spokesperson told ABC News, "We know this may come as a surprise to someone as self-absorbed as Ms. Remini, but we could care less if she wins or loses on Dancing With the Stars."
Um, yeah. Ok. Sure. Because usually when people get defensive, it's because they don't care at all. (Eye roll.)
One thing that always fascinated me about leah remini is that sometimes she looks "ordinary," like an ordinary attractive woman you'd see at a mall in NJ, and then other times she is stunningly sexual/attractive.
She has a strange charisma.