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Memoir From Scientology Leader's Dad May Be Due to Leah Remini

'His story is important'

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini, who knows a thing or two about Scientology memoirs, says she prompted the father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige to write his own memoir, which is slated to be published May 3, Us Magazine reports. "His story is important," Remini tells ABC News... More »

This Billboard Has Scientologists Fuming

Couple hopes to reconnect with 'disconnected' children

(Newser) - The last words Phil Jones heard from his son were, "I never want to talk to you again." That's the Church of Scientology for you, he tells Today . "It's a cruel and vindictive organization." Both in their 60s, Phil and wife Willie were members... More »

Remini's 5 Strangest Claims About Tom Cruise's Wedding

Including Suri Cruise being treated very oddly

(Newser) - During her 20/20 interview Friday, Leah Remini revealed that it was at Tom Cruise's 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes that she first began to seriously doubt Scientology. And now the New York Daily News has published excerpts from Remini's Scientology exposé Troublemaker , out tomorrow, in which she discusses... More »

Leah Remini: Scientologists Can't Criticize Tom Cruise

You're 'evil' if you do, she says in new interview

(Newser) - Leah Remini famously left the Church of Scientology, and in a new interview with ABC News , she seems to imply Tom Cruise may have been part of the reason why. "Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself ... you are evil," she says in a... More »

OITNB Star Laura Prepon: Scientology Is 'Magic'

Because you're a thetan, or something

(Newser) - Love Laura Prepon in Orange Is the New Black? Thank Scientology. The actress says the religion lets her easily access her emotions on screen but shut them down off screen, and that ability has generally transformed her life. "It's magic, it really is," she swoons, per Gawker... More »

Tom Cruise Close to Quitting Scientology: Report

'Tearful' phone call makes it possible, says Star source

(Newser) - Tom Cruise, leaving Scientology? Thank his daughter Suri if it happens: Citing an article that links to Star magazine, Gawker reports that Cruise is edging toward leaving the Church of Scientology after a tearful phone call with Suri. "She was going on and on about her ballet class and... More »

Scientology Leader's Estranged Dad to Write Book

Ronald Miscavige's story could be a blockbuster

(Newser) - More bad publicity for Scientology is on the way. The estranged father of leader David Miscavige plans to write a memoir, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Don't expect the account from former church member Ronald Miscavige to be a glowing one: The working title is If He Dies, He Dies,... More »

Scientology Leader Paid PIs to Spy on Own Dad: Police

David Miscavige also reportedly told PI to let his dad die during a health scare

(Newser) - On the heels of HBO's explosive Going Clear documentary , police records acquired by the Los Angeles Times reveal another bombshell about Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige: He allegedly had his own dad tailed by private investigators for a year and a half because he feared Ronald Miscavige Sr.... More »

Scientologists Angry About Unflattering Documentary

'Going Clear' due to premiere on Jan. 25

(Newser) - A documentary about Scientology debuts at Sundance later this month, and the church is not happy about it. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, from filmmaker Alex Gibney, includes interviews with people who have left the religion behind, and starting today, the Church of Scientology is expected to... More »

Leah Remini Explains Split With Scientology

She was worried about her daughter, for one thing

(Newser) - Seven months after famously cutting ties with the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini is opening up about why she left. The former King of Queens star tells BuzzFeed that the church made her lose sight of her family. "In my house, it's family first—but I was spending... More »

Tom Cruise: Suri's Not a Scientologist Anymore

Admits Katie Holmes left him because of the religion

(Newser) - You can all stop worrying about Suri Cruise: She's not a Scientologist anymore, dad Tom Cruise recently admitted. Cruise sat for a deposition as part of his lawsuit against a tabloid that claimed he ditched his daughter, and that's when the revelation occurred, TMZ reports. Cruise also admitted—... More »

Leah Remini Files LAPD Report on Scientology Wife

The actress considers Shelly Miscavige a 'missing person'

(Newser) - Leah Remini's battle with Scientology ? Far from over. The King of Queens actress has filed a missing person report on church leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, Us Weekly reports. "We can confirm that the missing person report has been taken and that's all the information... More »

Leah Remini on Scientology: 'I'm Not About to Shut Up'

Opens up, a bit, about Scientology split

(Newser) - Leah Remini grabbed plenty of headlines earlier this month with the news that she was parting ways with Scientology. Now she sheds a little (just a little) more light on why, in comments made to People at a Saturday event in Malibu. The meat of her statement:
  • "I believe
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'Blacklisted' Leah Remini Quits Scientology

Faced interrogations for questioning leader: sources

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini is publicly saying sayonara to the Church of Scientology, and sources say it's because she endured years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige, Us Weekly reports. Remini was apparently blacklisted by the church for asking an incredibly tough question back... More »

Fox Host: Where Are Feds in South Park's Holy War?

Nobody's condemning cartoon's attacks on Christianity, says Todd Starnes

(Newser) - A Fox News commentator is getting into the spirit of religious protest. Todd Starnes , host of Fox News & Commentary, wants federal officials to investigate South Park for its attacks on religion, reports Today . "We have seen the administration say, 'We condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith,'... More »

Wedding Caterer: Tom Cruise Stiffed Me ... in 1990

Sinar Parman says he was never paid

(Newser) - Sinar Parman has a little bit of a beef with Tom Cruise that dates back 22 years. The former Scientologist was the personal chef for L. Ron Hubbard himself, and later for Cruise. Parman ended up catering Cruise's wedding reception when he married Nicole Kidman in 1990, and was... More »

How Scientology Estranged Nicole From Her Kids

Source says Connor, Isabella 'hated' seeing Kidman

(Newser) - More details are leaking from Vanity Fair 's massive Scientology story, and the latest paint a disturbing picture of how the church allegedly estranged Nicole Kidman from the two children she adopted with Tom Cruise. Isabella, now 18, was 8 when Kidman and Cruise divorced; Connor was 6. Kidman... More »

Vietnam's Agent Orange Victims Get Scientology Detox

But doctors skeptical about detoxification program

(Newser) - In an attempt to detoxify people exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese government is relying on … L. Ron Hubbard. The Church of Scientology founder developed a detoxification method espoused by Tom Cruise and other bigwig Scientologists. The "Purification Rundown" or "Hubbard method" involves... More »

How Scientology Auditioned Women for a Cruise Marriage

Nazanin Boniadi was first choice, but got axe for 'rudeness'

(Newser) - When Tom Cruise was ready to embark on marriage No. 3, the project became a major in-house initiative at the Church of Scientology, overseen by the wife of leader David Miscavige in a process that gets thoroughly dissected by Maureen Orth in Vanity Fair . Actresses already affiliated with Scientology were... More »

Holmes, Cruise Officially Kaput

Divorce deal finalized, sealed

(Newser) - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have become official residents of Splitsville. A New York judge has signed off on the couple's divorce, and the papers ending their five-year marriage have been sealed, meaning any juicy details won't be reaching the public, reports the New York Daily News . "... More »

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