Attack dog Kirstie Alley went after her publicly. Her friends for life in the cult “disconnected” from her, and she’s never heard from them again. She told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show: “These are friends that we’ve had for dozens of years. But I have great friends that are not in the church that have stood by us, and our family is stronger, we’re together, and that’s all I could ask for.”
But Remini stood her ground. Overnight she sent out a Tweet thanking the people who made the movie “Going Clear” now showing on HBO:
Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn't have a voice, you do now. #GoingClear
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) March 30, 2015
A Church of Scientology representative issued a statement to PEOPLE shortly after the revealing interview, in which she called Remini “self-absorbed” and a woman with “an insatiable craving for attention” who was exploiting “her former faith.”
Said Remini, “I don’t want to be known as this bitter ex-Scientologist. I’m not trying to bash anybody, and I’m not trying to be controversial. I just want people to know the truth.”
Directed by Alex Gibney, Going Clear aimed to expose the secrets behind the mysterious faith followed by thousands of people including film stars John Travolta and Tom Cruise.
It included interviews with former senior members and officials who made explosive claims about punishments endured by members and how followers have been manipulated.
These included descriptions of a ‘prison camp’, revealed by former member Sylvia ‘Spanky’ Taylor. People put into this camp are forced to do around 30 hours of hard labour, broken up by three hour rest breaks.
Spanky was once the point of contact between the Church and Travolta and said she was sent to this ‘prison camp’, known as the Rehabilitation Project Force which, she claims, is where members are ‘reindoctrinated.’
The documentary also claimed Scientology chiefs hold a ‘black PR package’ on Travolta, with all the disclosures he made during auditing sessions. During these sessions a trained auditor asked pointed questions such as ‘What are you willing for me to talk to others about?’