Leah Remini has spoken out about splitting from the church of Scientology, saying “no one is going to tell me how I need to think.”
The former King of Queens actress, 43, had been a Scientologist for more than 30 years, and was one of its most vocal celebrity supporters.
But earlier this month, she quit the religion over rumours she had questioned church leader David Miscavige and as a result had to go through intensive personal questioning.
“I believe that people should be able to question things,” Remini told PEOPLE on Saturday at an event in Malibu, California. “I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that’s what I’m about. It wouldn’t matter what it was, simply because 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.”
Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of church leader David, who herself left the church in 2005, expressed her support for Remini earlier this month.
“From what I understand, she was just fed up with the way she was being treated when she was following church policy,” said Miscavige Hill. “She is a tough woman and isn’t the type to yield or turn a blind eye to a blatant injustice. People like that don’t last too long in Scientology because they aren’t easy to control.”