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Leah Remini had a Reddit AMA about Scientology and the answers are slightly terrifying

Published 30/11/2016 | 13:24

Leah Remini
Leah Remini
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Actress Leah Remini - one of Scientology's most famous defectors - has once again lifted the lid during her time in the controversial religion.

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The King of Queens star (46) left Scientology in 2013 after 30 years and wrote a book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology in which she makes some damning claims, including bringing public attention to the "mystery" of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of leader David Miscavige, who hasn't been seen in public since 2007.

Ahead of her upcoming tv show Scientology and the Aftermath, she took part in a Reddit AMA and spoke honestly about her time there and life since.

She said "the most horrible thing" she experienced was the church's "Fair Game policy...and how they systematically go after anyone who publicly speaks out against them. Anyone who speaks out against the "church" is seen as an enemy."

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Remini also claimed there aren't as many celebrities in the organisation as members of the public would thinking, crediting crafty PR spin.

"If you really look at the numbers at the entertainment industry, in comparison to the small number of Scientologists that are celebrities, the number wouldn't even register. I think Scientology has done an amazing job convincing people that there is a great number of celebrities in the 'Church'," she said.

As for Tom Cruise?

She says he really is The Messiah.

"Parishioners believe that he is singlehandedly changing the planet because that is what the 'Church' is telling them."

Here are some of the highlights...

Q: Was there a single breaking point that convinced you to leave the church? Or was it a long-term struggle with the decision?

A. Long-term struggle, however, seeing the "church" attack those who were speaking out, those who gave their life, life savings, their children to this organization that were once considered exemplary Scientologists or staff members of the church to being liars, bitter apostates, and what ever vile sophomoric, vitriolic adjective they can find overnight says a lot about the organization.

Q: How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?

A: Millions.

Q: Is it true they record your meetings and blackmail you with the recordings?

A: Yes, every "therapy room" is equipped with cameras and listening devices, as admitted by the "Church." Do they use it for blackmail? No, they use it to discredit you when you speak out.

Q: Are you an atheist now or does another religion seem more appealing?

A: No, I'm not an atheist. It's not about being anything now. I do have faith in God. I do not judge people for their faith. I judge people who use religion to hurt people. I don't believe in a religion that shuns people for their beliefs, or that you should hurt people for their beliefs.

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