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Church of Scientology label defector Leah Remini 'self absorbed' with 'insatiable craving for attention'

Published 28/02/2014 | 10:27

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WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 6: Leah Remini arrives at the World Premiere of "Zookeeper" at the Regency Village Theatre on July 6, 2011 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Leah Remini

Actress Leah Remini famously left the Church of Scientology last year, and things have been less than amicable between both parties ever since.

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The former King of Queens star recently said she decided to leave for her nine-year-old daughter Sofia.

But the next chapter in the war of words has only begun as a Scientology spokesperson has responded to her claims, saying she was on the verge of being 'expelled for her ethical lapses'

"It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses," a representative told Us Weekly in an exclusive interview.

Remini grew up as a Scientologist and said that she didn't want her child to experience the same childhood she had.

"[Sofia] was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start," she told Buzzfeed.

"I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home. But my mom thought she was doing something good; she thought she was helping the planet. That's what the Church tells you.

"In my house, it's family first -- but I was spending most of my time at the Church," she continued. "So, I was saying 'family first,' but I wasn't showing that. I didn't like the message that sent my daughter."

After defecting, Remini was blacklisted by her fellow celebrity members including Kirstie Alley, who famously calling her a 'bigot' and an 'enemy'.

The Church of Scientology is notoriously secretive and its famous members include Tom Cruise, Jenna Elfman, John Travolta and Elizabeth Moss.

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