Premiering Tuesday on A&E, the eight-part docuseries follows actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini as she meets with other church defectors and listens to their often-harrowing stories.
She added, "And a critic of Scientology is dealt with in a very specific way". Then, when Vicki had a baby with him, he made a decision to leave the family.
Remini, who spent decades as an ardent Scientologist (the new show plays footage of pro-Scientology interviews she used to give), broke away from the self-styled church a few years ago.
Another insane detail? Remini also added that Scientologists truly believe Tom Cruise is "singlehandedly changing the planet" and is something of a messiah figure for them.
Representatives for the Church of Scientology did not respond to a request for comment. She begins by reading quotes from the organization, protesting the content of the series and attempting to put what the actress says into a context that dismisses her statements and denigrates her professionally.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the former "King of Queens" star is asked whether she thinks the "Mission: Impossible" actor "contributed to normalizing Scientology doctrine to those still in it". "And this series is breaking ground in bringing that information to light".
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Leah Remini's bitter feud with the Church of Scientology is showing no signs of calming down. Rinder is a former International Spokesperson for the church and was a member of the church for 46 years.
"This series is about sharing the truth about Scientology". I'm going to stand up with them. "There is a lot more to this story than anyone knows", said Remini.
Remini said she doesn't think the organization will change once Miscavige dies.
In a statement, the Church told the Today show: "Leah Remini needs to move on with her life and career and stop blaming the Church and others for all of her personal and professional setbacks". That A&E would promote their agenda smacks of bigotry.
From there, Remini briefly details her disillusionment with the Church following Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes in 2006, after which Remini was taken to task by Church leaders for asking why the rarely seen wife of Scientology's leader, David Miscavige, wasn't present at such a high-profile event. And they always pose this question: "'Are you ready to leave everything you've ever known?'" Even holding back, Scobee's stories about having her statutory rape buried by the church and later being labeled a "suppressive" person and having to cut off contact with her mother generate the appropriate frustration and sadness (especially given her ailing mother's participation from a hospital bed).
The show is also punctuated with a truly ridiculous number of disclaimers and directs viewers to a Scientology website that issues strenuous denials regarding allegations. The church, founded by L. Ron Hubbard, promises to help people reach their full potential and, through its good works, save the planet, the kind of optimism that is catnip to young people.