Katie Holmes has remained tight-lipped about the Church of Scientology since divorcing Tom Cruise. Leah Remini has become one of the bigger thorns the so-called religion has ever had inserted into its side.
On Friday night, Remini was interviewed during an episode of 20/20, and Katie Holmes issued a statement via her rep for airing during the show.
Per Remini, she was once recruited by higher-ups within Scientology to teach Tom Cruise salsa lessons. While there, she witnessed him forcibly kissing Katie Holmes. When the behavior continued, she told the pair to “get a friggin’ room.”
— Louis Theroux (@louistheroux) November 1, 2015
Leah Remini maintains at that time to diss Tom Cruise was akin to dissing the “religion” itself.
“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” she explained on Friday’s broadcast.
Some time later, Remini was invited to attend the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, but she was instructed to bring along friends Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony–presumably in an effort to recruit them into Scientology.
Leah Remini was later “written up” by church officials and accused of ruining Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s wedding because she a.) wanted to sit with Anthony and Lopez and b.) she kept asking about Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts. Shelly Miscavige is the wife of David Miscavige–the Church of Scientology’s leader–who hasn’t been seen in public since 2007, and who was once a very close friend of Remini’s. Leah Remini later went to the police and filed a missing persons report on Shelly Miscavige. Although it still appears like a huge coverup, L.A.P.D. officials “determined” Shelly Miscavige isn’t missing, although no one outside of Scientology has seen her in years.
Remini also claims she saw blatant disregard for Suri Cruise on behalf of her parents during their wedding reception. The baby was allowed to cry and Cruise and Holmes barely acknowledged her presence.
Did Katie Holmes finally break her silence about Scientology for Leah Remini’s 20/20 interview on Friday?
“I regret having upset Leah in the past, and wish her only the best in the future,” Katie Holmes said in her statement.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 1, 2015
This serves only to convince those outside Scientology that Katie Holmes is still terrified to speak out against the organization.
Does Katie Holmes still fear Tom Cruise will try to enmesh their daughter Suri Cruise into Scientology? Cruise’s two children with ex-wife Nicole Kidman are involved in the organization and have little to no contact with their mother, who also left following their divorce.
What does the Church of Scientology say about Leah Remini’s claims?
“The Church declines to comment on Ms. Remini’s childish gossip. We keep communications between parishioners and the Church private.We will state that Ms. Remini continues to exaggerate and embellish events while spinning numerous tales that are provably false,” church officials said in a statement.
Did you see Leah Remini’s 20/20 interview on Friday? Her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, hits book stores this week.