WATCH: Leah Remini Says Her Fight Against the Church of Scientology Is ‘For the Victims’
Remini, a former Scientologist who spoke out against the Church and its religion in her book Troublemaker, continued to expose details from her experience with Scientology. She told Today’s Savannah Guthrie that she felt the need to use her public platform to address the injustices that were happening behind closed doors.
“I was watching what was happening to former members and former high-ranking clergy of the Church, and I was watching what it was doing in response, and I felt I had a responsibility to help out where I could,” Remini told Guthrie. “I’m not a big fan of bullies, so it is part of who I am. I was a fighter in the Church. This is what they taught me, so I’m going to continue my fight, but I’m on the right side of that fight now. I just want to send the message that I’m not going to sit back and allow it to go on.”
Remini said that her book and this documentary are “for the victims” who alleged that they were physically and mentally abused by the Church despite the Church of Scientology denouncing these claims. “It’s for the people who have spoken out, but it’s also for people who just maybe don’t have the strength to fight, feel they don’t have a voice,” said the actress. “I just want to give people strength and not just with this organization but with any bully. I just hope that that’s what the message is.”
Remini explained to Guthrie that the Church of Scientology does not put up with parishioners who decide to leave the religion and negatively discuss their experience with the Church. “If you speak out, you’re labeled an enemy to the Church and the Church has policies on how to deal with its enemies,” she explained, “and they go after them. It’s in their own policies. So they don’t know any different, as I did when I was if the Church,” she said. “And a critic of Scientology is dealt with in a very specific way. And that is unlike a real church.”
Watch the Today show interview at the top of the page and watch the trailer for her docuseries below. Remini’s A&E special, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, debuts on Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. EST on A&E.