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Leah Remini: "Scientology is a cult that can destroy life"

The US actress Leah Remini, known from "King of Queens", came to Scientology as a child through her mother. Later she was considered "one hundred percent". Remini defended the self-proclaimed church, actively promoted it and personally recruited new members. In 2013 she left - after 35 years of membership. Today she is one of the greatest critics of the "Church of Scientology". The documentary series "Leah Remini: A Life According to Scientology" is currently running in Germany (A&E, Thursdays, 9:50 p.m.). “I just couldn't figure out that it was all just a lie,” the 46-year-old explains her departure. Other ex-members also have their say in the documentary. Scientology tried to prevent the series in the USA. For Remini, however, this is just another incentive.

THE WORLD: Ms. Remini, you are waging a public battle against Scientology. Why?

Leah Remini: I am not criticizing. I am telling the truth about Scientology methods. Methods that hurt people. Former members tell me their story. And I feel like it's my responsibility to have them heard.

THE WORLD: What do you want to achieve with it?

Remini: I want to wake up the public about what Scientology is and what is going on there.


Remini: Scientologists live apart from the rest of the world. They are not allowed to use the internet, they are not allowed to ask questions. If you do, you make yourself suspicious and you are interrogated.

THE WORLD: Scientology would like to see itself defined as a religion. What do you make of it?

Remini: Scientology is not really a religion, but rather a cult. It is an organization that can destroy someone's life if one is against it.

THE WORLD: For what reasons then do people join you?