Leah Remini: Scientologists Can't Criticize Tom Cruise

You're 'evil' if you do, she says in new interview
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2015 10:58 AM CDT
Leah Remini: Scientologists Can't Criticize Tom Cruise
Leah Remini and JK Simmons attend the "Family Tools" panel at the Disney ABC TCA event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

Leah Remini famously left the Church of Scientology, and in a new interview with ABC News, she seems to imply Tom Cruise may have been part of the reason why. "Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself ... you are evil," she says in a promo clip that ends, of course, just before she answers the question, "If you knew that Tom Cruise was watching this, what would you say to him?" You can, presumably, find out her answer when the interview airs on 20/20 Friday at 10pm EDT.

Remini, who did the interview to promote her new memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, also discusses growing up in the church, which her family joined when she was young. "As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes 'us against them,'" she says. "The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life. I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. I want them to understand how it happens." (More Leah Remini stories.)

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