Actress Leah Remini says Church of Scientology wants to make an example of her

Leah Remini

Actress Leah Remini has opened up further about her leaving the Church of Scientology weeks after she was subpoenaed to testify in a lawsuit against the church.

Remini split from the church in July. She has now said that Scientologists hope she fails on Dancing With The Stars so she can be an example of what happens to people who leave the church.

“The church is looking for me to fail,” the King of Queens star said on Tuesday night’s episode of DWTS. “So they can say, ‘Look what happens when you leave.’”

When she left the church, Remini said she did so because Scientology officials were controlling and intimidating toward members.

During her 30 years as a member of the church, Remini served a one-year stint in the church's elite "Sea Org" religious order and was friends with some of Scientology's most high-profile members, including Tom Cruise.

The star was subpoenaed to testify on October 15 in a case against the church earlier this month, but the church has postponed her deposition indefinitely.

In the case, former member Monique Rathbun is suing the church and its leader, David Miscavige, for allegedly harassing her and her formerly Scientologist husband, Marty.

Because of what Remini could divulge, lawyers for the church said they “don’t particularly want that deposition taken,” attorney Marc Wiegand said. “But we’re entitled to discovery on matters that are relevant, and this is a relevant matter.”

"Who knows what may come up," Ray Jeffrey, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said.



 

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