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Leah Remini Speaks Out on Scientology Exit

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You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the girl.

Though Scientology is infamous for attempting to bully its former and excommunicated members into silence, ‘King of Queens’ actress Leah Remini isn’t letting the borderline cult intimidate her. Remini spoke out on leaving the Church, and she’s putting on one helluva brave face.

The actress left the well-documented group of macadamias for their “nonstop interrogations” and their abuses to members as well as breaking up of families.

A source explained, “It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people. She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.'”

Remini dropped hints on Twitter about a change that was a-comin’ via her own tweets as well as a lot of telling retweets from others:

Scientology has denied all the reports, including Remini’s exit.

However, Remini has now issued a statement to PEOPLE confirming her exit and thanking the world for their kind words (and, for you know, for protecting her from the crazies).

“I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world,” Remini said. “I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.”

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