Leah Remini has gone full throttle promoting her new tell-all memoir, Troublemaker. In the book, she thoroughly details her escape from Scientology and how Jada Pinkett Smith has been a longtime member of the controversial religion.
Leah Remini is best known for her role as Carrie Hefferman on the comedy series The King of Queens (1998-2007). Remini was raised inside the Church of Scientology from an early age but quit the organization in 2013.
Since leaving the church she has won an Emmy for her documentary television series on A&E network, ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.’
Scientology is a body of religious beliefs and practices developed in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard. The Church of Scientology houses both Scientology beliefs and practices as well as a program of ideas called Dianetics.
The Church of Scientology is well known because many big named Hollywood stars are part of the organization like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and of course Leah Remini.
But in the new tell-all memoir, Troublemaker, Remini name drops Jada Pinkett Smith as being a long time member of the controversial faith.
Jada Pinkett Smith posted on Facebook her response to the accusation.
“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech, but I am not a Scientologist.” Pinkett Smith on Facebook
So it would seem that was the end of the story but looking at Remini’s statements before Smith’s response makes you question whose telling the truth and whose lying.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Remini remembered an odd game at Tom Cruise’s estate. Remini says Jada Pinkett and Will Smith were both there for a strange game of hide-and-seek.
“At first I thought he was joking,” she wrote. “But, no, he literally wanted to play hide-and-seek with a bunch of grown-ups in what was probably close to a 7,000-square-foot house on almost three full acres of secluded land.”
After that night Remini recalls being one of three stars of Scientology, along with Cruise and Pinkett Smith.
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini also told the website. “I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”
The Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood that Remini refers to is where the “stars” of the religion regularly get together to practice the faith.
Another high-ranking former Scientologist has backed Remini’s account of Pinkett Smith.
So now you have to decide which is true. Was Jada Pinkett Smith a member of the Church of Scientology or was she there practicing Dianetics and several people made a mistake?
On social media there were people on both sides of the debate. Most were glad Pinkett Smith was so open and accepting to practicing other faiths.
And we think this debate has not finished.