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Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology: I Took a Stance With My Family

USMagazine, Monday, July 29, 2013, 6:45am (PDT)
  • Leah Remini is ready for life after Scientology. The "King of Queens" star, 43, supported pal Holly Robinson Peete at Saturday's 15th Annual DesignCare benefit at a private residence in Malibu, Calif.; the event marked Remini's first public appearance since her news-making departure from the Church of Scientology. Remini was born and raised in the faith favored by the likes of Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but left after allegedly disagreeing with Church leader David Miscavige and some of the organization's supposed practices.

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    Is Remini happy now? "Happy is a relative word," the married mother of one told Us Weekly Saturday. "Yeah. It's a time of change." Specifically addressing her departure from the church, Remini told Us: "I think the fact that my family has taken a stance and we are on a united front says a lot."

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    In other news, the star says she has some major projects in the works -- including a return to TV. "I'm deciding to do something right now and we'll know in the next week," she teased. "It will be television. It might be in the reality-sitcom world."

    A source previously told Us that Remini's exit was not a decision she took lightly. "She thought about this over a long time."

    She reportedly also said she believes "people should be able to question things," and that "no one is going to tell me how I need to think."

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    The New York Post's Page Six first reported that Remini had been supposedly subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modifications." A rep for the church told Us Weekly: "The church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual church member."

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