Thursday 19 October 2017

Leah Remini says she 'isn't allowed' to speak to Scientologist Elisabeth Moss after leaving the church

Actresses Leah Remini (L) and Elisabeth Moss pose during the 39th annual Church of Scientology anniversary gala held at The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International & The Manor Hotel on August 9, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for COS)
Actresses Leah Remini (L) and Elisabeth Moss pose during the 39th annual Church of Scientology anniversary gala held at The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International & The Manor Hotel on August 9, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for COS)
Actresses Leah Remini (L) and Elisabeth Moss pose during the 39th annual Church of Scientology anniversary gala held at The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International & The Manor Hotel on August 9, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for COS)
Actress Lea Remini arrives at the premiere of "The Zookeeper" at the Regency Village Theatre on July 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actress Elisabeth Moss attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet on August 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
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Leah Remini has claimed she is no longer allowed to speak with actress Elisabeth Moss after leaving the Church of Scientology.

The King of Queens star (47) has caused a stir among the community after famously leaving the church in 2013 after 30 years and has been working tirelessly to raise awareness of life inside the church and being ostracised after. During her time there, she developed a friendship with Moss (35), which is now strained because she is now considered an "antisocial personality" for leaving and speaking out.

"Elisabeth Moss believes that she can't talk to me," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "There's a thing in Scientology called 'acceptable truth.' It means you only say what's acceptable to the public. But she believes that I'm an antisocial personality - because I've spoken out against Scientology.

"So she isn't allowed to talk to me. And me knowing that, I wouldn't put her in the awkward position."

Both will be attending the Emmys on September 17, where Remini is nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special for her her docu-series Scientology: The Aftermath, while Moss is the favourite contender to take home the statue for Outstanding Lead Actress for her mesmerising performance in The Handmaid's Tale.

When asked if she would congratulate her should they bump into one another, Remini replied: "I would, of course. I don't hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she's continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families. That's for her to learn, just as I needed to learn it."

In the same interview, she revealed that she hopes for a federal investigation into the COS for !all of the abusive practices of Scientology".

"Scientology policy dictates that children are grown men and women in little bodies. They believe a 7-year-old girl should not shudder at being passionately kissed. That's in Dianetics," she added.

Actress Elisabeth Moss attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet on August 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Elisabeth Moss attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet on August 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

"If you join the Sea Org [a clergy class with a nautical heritage] as a child, your parents give you over to Scientology. Children are treated as crew. They are assets. And if a child is molested, that child and/or parent cannot go to the police, because it's against policy.

"They handle it in Scientology. They will usually bring the molester in and give them spiritual 'auditing,' or counseling...Anything that happens to you in Scientology happens to you because you made it happen."

A spokesperson for the church told Us Weekly: "Leah Remini continues to foment anti-religious bigotry and will do so as long as the media acts as her enablers in monetising her bias and hatred."

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