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Leah Remini Doesn’t Hold Back In Revealing Scientology Reddit AMA

The actress detailed horrific "physical, sexual and mental abuse" that she claimed happened within the organization.
Leah Remini visits the SiriusXM Studio on Nov. 29, 2016 in New York City.
Leah Remini visits the SiriusXM Studio on Nov. 29, 2016 in New York City.

Leah Remini is living up to her “troublemaker” moniker when it comes to spilling details about her 30 years with the Church of Scientology.

The actress, who wrote a memoir and participated in an eight-part docuseries about the controversial religion, recently revealed even more frightening experiences with Scientology during a Reddit AMA on Tuesday. 

Below are five of the craziest things Remini said happened during her time in Scientology. 

1. The actress spent millions of her own money on Scientology. 

In her AMA and in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Remini revealed she gave the church roughly $3 million of her own money. She also said that the average, non-famous members of Scientology are forced to fork over $250,000 of their hard-earned money to gain “religious freedom.” 

2. A history of mental, physical and sexual abuse reportedly exists within the church. 

“Your doctrine is abusive,” the actress said. “It mandates that you abuse people.”  

“The most abusive thing that I’ve experienced is seeing the victims being further victimized by an organization that claims these things did not take place ... from physical, to sexual, to mental abuse,” Remini said, adding that it is up to authorities and law enforcement to take action against Scientologists, as they are the ones who hear about the “cases of abuse, coerced abortions, being held prisoner, fraud, mental and emotional imprisonment.” 

3. Church members don’t leave because they were “born and raised” into the religion. 

It’s harder to leave the group than one would think, as “most Scientologists are 2nd or 3rd generation,” Remini explained. “They were born and raised into an ideology and have been surrounded and isolated. It is all they know.” She spoke from her own experience of being inducted into the organization by her mother at age 9. “They are victims. Most of the original Scientologists are all out and have spoken out.”

4. Remini once fought critics of the church because she believes they were ignorant. 

The actress says she was instructed that any criticism of Scientology was unfounded, simply because people didn’t understand how much the organization was allegedly helping the world.

“I also felt the press was focused on making fun of Scientology and not what was important, so it was easy to turn away from the information,” Remini said. “And also a major part of Scientology is learning how to fight your critics. If I wasn’t fighting, I wasn’t being a good Scientologist.” 

Remini signing copies of her book, "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology," in Dec. 2015. 
Remini signing copies of her book, "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology," in Dec. 2015. 

5. She’s aware the church is tracking her every move. 

“I’m okay with it because I knew what I was getting into and I knew the policies of the ‘church’ and what would happen by my speaking out against it,” Remini said. The actress and her family have been targeted with all sorts of harassment since they left Scientology in 2013  ― including a website that specifically aims to discredit the claims made in Remini’s new TV series.

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