9 of the weirdest claims Leah Remini has made about Scientology and Tom Cruise
Published 04/11/2015 | 15:01
Actress Leah Remini has been busy on the promotional trail of her new book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology and has made some pretty astonishing claims in the process.
Two years after leaving the church of Scientology, the King of Queens star has been making shocking claims about the religion and its most famous member, Tom Cruise.
1. Tom Cruise is a big kid
The actor and ‘pillar’ of Scientology is undoubtedly the church’s most famous, and most vocal, member. And Remini says he’s been treated with kid gloves for the best part of 20+ years. So much so, he loves playing hide and seek, she claims. He invited her and other stars to his house for a game and when she said she couldn’t run in heels. He tagged her ‘it’ and ran away.
2. Scientology comes at a price
Leah estimates she spent $5m to be a member over the years, including $3m in donations. She was allowed to meet Cruise after making a $1m donation to the International Association of Scientology.
3. She spent $40,000 on replacing sandwiches she ate as a teenager
The actress grew up a Scientologist and spent her summers in Sea Org (an extreme branch comprised of teenage volunteers) accordingly. But the food was less than appealing – rice and beans and ‘liquid eggs’. So, whenever she was spending time at a nearby facility, she would sneak in sandwiches or snacks, then burn the bills (issued under a false name) later. She confessed to the ‘crimes’ during an audit as an adult and was charged $40k.
4. Tom sang ‘You’ve Lost That Loving’ Feeling to Katie Holmes on their wedding day
In a throwback to his Top Gun days, the actor reportedly re-enacted his performance for his new bride at their 2006 wedding. To a few raised eyebrows among the non-Scientologists.
5. They tried to recruit her best friend Jennifer Lopez
Leah and Jennifer first met trying to make it in Hollywood in the early '90s stayed close as they both pursued their respective careers. Remini says her attendance at Cruise’s wedding came at a price – inviting J-Lo and then-husband Marc Anthony.“They were always trying to extract me. I could only assume because they wanted to make Jennifer a Scientologist, and maybe I was barring that road for them.”
6. Remini was punished for ‘rude’ behaviour at the wedding
She was written up for “disrupting the party” and spent thousands on gifts for the couple and other guests to make up for it. She wrote a note to Holmes apologising for “destroying” her wedding. Last week, Holmes apologised to Remini in an on-air statement, saying: "I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”
7. Actress Nazanin Boniadi was 'punished with manual labour'
Remini isn’t the first to make the claim about the ‘auditioning process’ for the part of Cruise’s girlfriend in 2004 (post Penelope Cruz and pre-Katie Holmes), but she has made more detailed allegations. Remini says that Naz (who has also left the church) secretly dated Cruise for three months and was eventually dumped via Scientology officials.
When she confided in a friend that she was disappointed, her friend wrote up a report and Naz was reportedly punished. “[She was] subjected to doing four months of menial labor, including tasks such as digging ditches and cleaning public toilets with a toothbrush,” Remini wrote in her book.
“Eventually she was promoted to selling Dianetics books on the streets of Tampa…She wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone, particularly her Scientology friends, since she was considered a traitor. She was not allowed to go anywhere alone unless escorted by either church security, ethics staff, or a representative of Flag’s President’s Office.”
8. Remini signed a 1 billion year contract as a teenager
Talk about commitment.
9 . Nicole Kidman was blacklisted after defecting
Following her divorce from Cruise in 2001, Nicole also left Scientology while her ex and their two children Bella (now 22) and Connor (20) remained, always supervised. Many former members are declared ‘suppressive persons’ who should be cut out current members lives.
Leah: “How’s your mom? Do you see her a lot?”
Bella: "'Not if I have a choice. Our mom is a f***king SP.”