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