Scientology Rep Responds to Leah Remini's Leaving Church Because of Daughter Sofia

Posted Friday February 28, 2014 2:18 AM GMT

Firing back against her comment that she left the Scientology camp on account of her daughter, Sofia, the church has responded to Leah Remini's claims with a statement of their own.

The church told Us Weekly that, "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."

The original statement that the "Exes" starlet released read, "[Sofia] was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start. I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home. But my mom thought she was doing something good; she thought she was helping the planet. That's what the Church tells you."

The statement continued, reading, "In my house, it's family first -- but I was spending most of my time at the Church. So, I was saying 'family first,' but I wasn't showing that. I didn't like the message that sent my daughter."

43-year-old Remini stepped away from the Church of Scientology in August 2013, stating that she would be writing a tell-all memoir about her practices.

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