Home Celebrity Bombshell: Leah Remini’s Sister Says The Whole Family Left Scientology

Actress Leah Remini left Scientology this month and we worried she’d be “disconnected” from her family– banned from seeing them again. But her sister Nicole tells Tony Ortega they’ve all left– Remini’s husband, mother and sisters. All gone. You can read the whole story at www.tonyortega.org. If the mother has left that’s of real significance. Vicki Marshall had gone to the top of the  Scientology hierarchy.

The highlights of this interview are rather amazing: Leah actually threatened to call the police about David Miscavige’s long-missing wife, Shelley. She also said that if Tom Cruise tried to take Suri away from Katie Holmes, all hell would break loose.

Nicole tells Ortega that around 2004-2005, Tom Cruise emerged as a defacto leader of the group. She once encountered him working out in the main room of the Celebrity Centre as if he owned the place. “I went into Celebrity Centre one time and Tom Cruise was doing jumping jacks and stretching, right where everyone was walking. Like he owned the place. Hello, there are other people here,” she told Ortega.

After the Cruise-Holmes wedding, Remini was sent to Florida for a type of punishment and debriefing. She was also charged $300,000 by Scientology for new classes. The interview with Nicole is simply startling because here it all is, all laid out. If anyone had any questions about what’s going in this cult– and it’s clearly a cult– now you can read about it in the simplest terms.

Nicole tells Ortega that her sister will weather the storm. “Leah is a righter of wrongs. These things are not right. If things were going the way they should be going, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. And that’s all her motivation was, to get things right.”


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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