When Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology in 2013, it ignited somewhat of a media frenzy. For so long, the religion based on L. Ron Hubbard‘s writings has been shrouded in secrecy to those not on the inside. Perhaps what fuels so many people’s curiosity is that some of the world’s biggest celebrities call themselves members – the most notable of which is Tom Cruise.
Remini’s new tell-all book, Troublemaker, has been in the works since the King of Queens actress left Scientology. However, her publisher, Ballantine, has kept the book under wraps until it was announced only a few weeks ago.
Can you blame them though? Once the book was announced and Remini began speaking more publicly about her 30 years in Scientology, the church has outright denied most, if not all, of her claims and has even gone so far as to say, “It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt.”
EW has revealed “five of the book’s most shocking revelations” which give anyone interested in picking up a copy of Troublemaker a pretty good idea of the kind of stuff they can expect to read:
1) Remini once paid forty thousand dollars to make up for food she had stolen from the Scientology headquarters restaurant when she was hungry. She also revealed that, over the years, she spent $2 million on Scientology training and donated another $3 million.
2) After donating $1 million, Remini was accepted into Tom Cruise’s inner circle. At one of Cruise’s house parties, which included Jada Pinkett Smith, Cruise insisted that they all play hide-and-seek in his “7,000-square-foot house on almost three acres of secluded land.”
When Remini said she couldn’t play because she was in heels, Tom apparently said, “Well, good. So you’re It, then.”
3) At Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes‘ Italian wedding, Remini reported, to the church, some of the “shocking goings-on she witnessed.” However, she was accused of being the one who was badly behaved and, as punishment, was sent to Flag (the Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Florida) where she had to recant, spent $300,000 to get “reprogrammed,” and sent Holmes a note that said, “I’m sorry I destroyed your wedding.”
However, when Cruise and Holmes later divorced, Remini asked for and received a refund on her $300,000.
Want to know more? Head over to the EW website for 2 more shocking revelations.
Troublemaker is out now and you can purchase a copy on Amazon.
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