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But many celebrities weren't afraid to leave the church and later speak out against it. Leah Remini After 30 years as a devout Scientologist, actress Leah Remini abruptly left the church in July 2013, and she didn't go quietly.
At the time of her exit from the church, Remini explained to People magazine:"I believe that people should be able to question things.
“The media is covering the Remini story as though the church were a cult – which is something the Church of Scientology vehemently denies.
In the film, director Alex Gibney is especially critical of famous church members Tom Cruise and John Travolta for allegedly turning a blind eye to the reported harassment suffered by church members.
“(The church) will step up their ‘human rights’ public relations campaign.
When I exposed the prison camp operated by their chairman, David Miscavige, they spent millions on events, releases and videos attempting to position themselves as ‘human rights’ advocates,” Rathbun continued.
“The Church of Scientology is accustomed to spikes of bad news coverage. I suspect the church will wait for the wave of negative publicity to run its course and then simply keep doing what it has been doing.” Remini was reportedly reprimanded by church big-wigs when she dared question the whereabouts of Miscavige’s wife Shelly, who has not been seen in public since 2007, and received something of an awakening after being subjected to the Church’s alleged “thought modification” process.
According to Ortega, who broke the news, Remini was very disillusioned by all that was going on, but he said it can be very difficult for Scientologists to walk away.
She continued also to ask about Shelly, and in October 2012, she had a meeting with David Miscavige himself, which really didn't allay her concerns.” Remini’s sister told Ortega that at that point, the “King of Queens” actress knew she was going to leave, but spent several months preparing her family for it, knowing that the church would attempt to force "disconnection" on them.