Leah Remini: "I Don't Want to be Known as This Bitter Ex-Scientologist"

February 27, 2014 8:04 PM

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Leah Remini: "I Don't Want to be Known as This Bitter Ex-Scientologist"

In a lengthy interview with Buzzfeed, Remini recounts her "horrendous" first exposure to the church as a child, when her mother relocated Remini and her sisters to Clearwater, Florida, where they became members. "We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater," the King of Queens alum says. "We were separated from our mother. We had to sign billion-year contracts we didn't understand. And we kept saying, 'Why are you doing this to us? Why are we here?'"

After she eventually moved to California, Remini stayed in the church until she very publicly broke away from Scientology last June. Her primary motivation for doing so was her 9-year-old daughter Sofia. "She was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start," Remini s...

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