Leah Remini is taking on the Church of Scientology with her bold new book "Troublemaker" — where the reality star and former "King of Queens" actress makes shocking claims about the organization!
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Leah has even said that Scientology operatives have continued to follow her since she left the church. She broke a possible Hollywood blacklist by landing work on "Dancing With the Stars," and claims that Scientology leaders responded by having her partner, Tony Dovolani, "surveilled," with a car following him for two weeks!
Jennifer Lopez is one of the few Hollywood figures who are left looking good in Leah's scathing tell-all. She says that her old friend J. Lo told her: "You are my friend. I don't want to ever talk about this bull---t again" — despite Jennifer's own father being a Scientologist!
Sadly, Leah's tale of Scientology begins with her own troubled childhood with a Scientologist mother — who once even offered the church a damning "Knowledge Report" ratting out her own daughter for drinking as a teen.
Leah wrote that she would spend 12 hours a day of hard labor as a member of the church's Scientology Sea Org in Clearwater, Fla. Leah recounted being 13 years old and "pulling up tree roots with our bare hands [and] working heavy machinery" — after signing a billion-year contract!
Leah reported that the church's rules included young Leah having to "physically act out the sexual policy" that she was never to have sex before marriage. That mean illustrating that the young girl understood what constituted sex. "I took a paper clip and a chess piece to stand for the boy and girl," Leah wrote, " and rubbed them together!"
Leah's memoirs also take readers inside membership with Scientology's Sea Org in Clearwater, Fla., where she said her infant sister was left in a motel room to be watched by one young teen in "devastating" conditions. Leah wrote of a makeshift nursery "filled with cribs of crying, neglected babies, flies, and the smell of dirty diapers!"
As payment for her own work with Sea Org, Leah claimed she was paid $15 a week — and was often so hungry that she would steal food!
Success as an actress did little to free her from Scientology, Leah added. The books said that a church "Ethics Officer" demanded that she marry her fellow Scientologist Angelo Pagan, and she has estimated that over $5 million of her "King of Queens" pay went to the church.
Leah has also dished dirt on former pal Kirstie Alley in "Troublemaker," revealing how she donated $50,000 to the "Cheers" star's group that was supposedly helping victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Leah said she was never given an accounting of how the money was spent.
The church has dished back, too, offering this comment on Leah's earlier claims: "It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former religion as a publicity stunt in a pathetic attempt to get ratings for her cable show and seem relevant again. She is rewriting history and omits 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 and her husband's ethical lapses."
Towards the end, "Troublemaker" also addresses the story of how Leah ultimately lost faith in Scientology while investigating abuse claims. She's reported that even church leaders "were subjected to punishments like being made to lick bathroom floors or being doused in cold water" — all reasons that she's now taking on the church that's seduced so many celebrities!