Since leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013, actress Leah Remini has been outspoken about its controversial practices.

Last year, the 48-year-old opened up about the church’s wrongdoings in the A&E series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” where she claimed the church had a powerful grasp on many of Hollywood’s elite.

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As Dearly previously reported, the church allegedly pressed her to recruit other celebrities, like her “King of Queens” co-star, Kevin James.

Now, in the newest issue of LaPalme magazine, Remini has spoken out about an old friend and ex-Scientologist Katie Holmes, E! News reports.


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In the interview, Remini said she suspected the church was keeping her fellow Hollywood celebrities from speaking out:

“I thought comedy would be my life. I don’t consider myself a champion. The people who speak on the show are champions. But I keep wondering – why haven’t Katie Holmes or Nicole Kidman spoken out? I assume they were forced to sign prohibitive documents.”

She even said that speaking out could put Holmes at risk of losing her 12-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise. Remini told the magazine:

“Trust me, Katie’s not allowed to have a meal with me, and we used to be close friends. She could lose custody of Suri. It’s quite sick, really.”

Remini did not specify how exactly the church would cause Holmes to lose custody of her child.


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However, it may be a reference to Suri’s father, actor Tom Cruise, who remains one of the church’s most important supporters.

The actress said her own family has been a target since she started speaking out against Scientology. She told the magazine that she and her family have been “harassed”:

“Members of the Church go to my mother’s restaurant, confront my little sister, and my step kids in San Francisco, trying to intimidate us. These abusive scare tactics are what they call a religion!”

The Church of Scientology responded to Remini’s allegations in a statement to E! News, brushing them off as “ridiculous rants.”

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