During an interview on Thursday with Larry King on his show, former Scientologist Leah Remini disputed the church’s bashing of her reality show Scientology and the Aftermath, suggesting that if her and her fellow defectors are liars, “they should sue.”
Questioned about why the Church of Scientology would claim that Remini is a “bitter ex-Scientologist” and “spoiled entitled diva” spreading false accusations about the church for attention and recognition, Remini said she had no comment about its position.
“I don’t,” Remini said. “I think that says a lot about this organization. They should sue us, it’s as simple as that. If we’re lying—“
“And listen, they say this on every outlet that can,” she continued. “They have said this about every single person that’s spoke out, and not one lawsuit has been brought to anybody.”
Remini pointed out that Scientologists are “not a group that is scared of a lawsuit.”
“They’re a litigious group—so if that were true, they would simply sue us and I welcome them to do that,” she said. “What I’m not going to stand for is an organization with this kind of money to continue to do things like that, and to bully people, and to harass people, to defraud people out of their lives their money but more importantly their families, and I’m just not going to sit around and watch it happen.”
The King of Queens actress left the church after nearly 30 years, alluding to dictatorial rules and restrictions. “No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to,” Remini said.
Remini claims that the church has “abusive practices,” and tries to strip members of their money and separate them from anyone who is not in the church.