Actress Leah Remini arrives to the 2014 UNICEF Ball Presented by Baccarat at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on January 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
(USA TODAY) The Church of Scientology has responded to Leah Remini's recent attack on her former faith, in which she accused the church of fracturing families, among other things.
"It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses," church spokeswoman Karin Pouw tells USA TODAY in a statement.
"Ms. Remini was not attending church services for years. In fact, she was upset because no one in the church was calling her or her family, going so far as to drag her daughter (Sofia, now 9) into the church to insist upon being given special treatment. Sadly, this is the accurate, flip side of the events she now is spinning, which are absurd, insulting and motivated entirely by a desire to grab attention.
"We are saddened that Ms. Remini now feels compelled to attack her former faith as if there is something wrong with a good work ethic, encouragement to live a drug free life, a happy childhood and strong family - all values she and countless others experience from the strong religious community in the church."
By Olivia Barker, USA TODAY
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