The 51-year-old actress left the church in 2013 and has been one of its biggest critics ever since.
Leah Remini is reminding the public of Tom Cruise's connection with the Church of Scientology amid the buzz around his latest film, Top Gun: Maverick which is an international box office success. The King of Queens star criticized Tom Cruise in a Saturday tweet over his connection to Scientology. The 59-year-old actor is possibly the organization’s most famous member. Remini left the church in 2013 and has since been one of its biggest critics, thanks to a book and docuseries on the topic.
Remini called Cruise "diabolical" during a Reddit event in 2017, stating, "There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person. Someone could say we all have that — what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diabolical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an a------ — all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins."
The actress has now warned fans of Cruise not to be "charmed" by him following the success of the summer blockbuster. The 51-year-old took to Twitter to share a screenshot of former Scientologist and friend Claire Headley's Facebook post that accused Tom of promoting "a dangerous cult that destroyed my family."
"Glad all you Top Gun fans are enjoying the new movie," Claire wrote in the emotional Facebook post. "Personally, recent posts about this movie only serve to remind me of Tom Cruise and his crimes against humanity."
Headley continued, "Extreme, you may think? Destroying families is a crime against humanity. My opinion. Ask yourself: When is the last time Tom talked to his only biological daughter, Suri? So no, I will not watch the movie, nor will I ever support or approve of this scam of a man." Headley concluded by writing, "Trust me, Tom Cruise knows exactly who he is supporting and the abuses the organization perpetuates."
Thank you to my friend @claireheadley for your courage.— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) June 11, 2022
You have continued to speak out despite the non-stop attacks from Scientology.
And as Claire says in her post below, Tom Cruise knows exactly what goes on in Scientology.
Don’t let the movie star charm fool you. pic.twitter.com/zQKwJWuJLj
Back in 2012, Claire and her husband, Marc Headley, who are former Scientologists filed a lawsuit against the church of Scientology. They alleged that it had violated human trafficking laws and human rights. Marc Headley, who worked closely with Cruise within the organization, wrote his own exposé on Scientology, Blown for Good, reports Diply.
Meanwhile, an outspoken critic, Remini won a Television Critics Association award for her series, which denounces Scientology, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath in 2017. Two years prior, she published a memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.
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