“King of Queens” actress Leah Remini is taking her battle against the Church of Scientology to primetime in a new documentary series called “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”
The actress, who was brought up a Scientologist and remained a member of the Church of Scientology for over three decades, has made a number of revelations about the controversial body of beliefs during a Reddit AMA for the promotion of the docuseries.
Among many other secrets, Remini discussed Tom Cruise, who the church considers its "messiah."
"Parishioners believe that [Cruise] is single-handedly changing the planet because that is what the 'church' is telling them,” she stated.
In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Remini further talked about Cruise urged her to try and kill a “60 Minutes” story on Scientology.
“I got a call from the church and Tom (Cruise) to call Les Moonves and use my influence to squash the story,” she said.
She said she finally agreed to call Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS, “even though I was really uncomfortable with it.”
“He said, 'I don't give a s**t if it's you, if it's Tom Cruise, if it's Jenna Elfman, you're all going to get the same story from me.' And I said, 'OK,’” Remini recounted.
When she told the church, “Hey, I tried,” she said they [the church] “weren't happy.”
Remini also revealed the Church of Scientology believes mental illnesses are “a sham.”
“They deny mental illness and afflictions. They promote that you can heal your psychosomatic issues with their 'technology.' They will get in the way of people taking medications. They will prevent people from getting the real medical help that they need, and in some cases have caused suicides because of it. Scientology is mentally abusive because we are all taught that we are responsible for everything."
The more disturbing revelations concerned children and the handling of abuse with the church.
Remini stated children are “treated as adults” in Scientology. Also, members of the church cannot prosecute one another — even in cases abuse.
“When I was 16 and working for a 'senior Scientologist' who was in his late 30's, he had sex with a 16-year-old friend of ours. And the 'church' handled it internally. All abuses are dealt within the 'church' as it is an enemy act in the 'church' to prosecute another member,” she wrote on Reddit.
Remini has previously who detailed her life as a Scientologist in her best-selling book “Troublemaker.” Although she has faced backlash from the church for speaking out against its egregious practices, she continues her fight in the new series.
"Somebody needs to do something about this cult,” Remini says in the first episode.