Leah Remini's Big Fear: Could Confidential Scientology Files Be Released? - 2013-08-02
How would you feel if you had just left a controversial organization and many lifelong friends after openly challenging the boss — yet knew they had possession of 37 years worth of your most intimate confessions in typed files and on videotape?
That's the delicate — and even scary — situation facing actress Leah Remini, 43, after her very public break with the Church of Scientology last month. Though she sounded defiant when she told People magazine last week that "No one is going to tell me how to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, or cannot talk to," the act of breaking with Scientology after so many years can be emotionally overwhelming and often frightening, according to others who have left the organization. Remini is not immune to those feelings, say those familiar with her situation.
Remini also is dealing with the church's policy of disconnection — in which church members are told to shun those who have left — according to her sister and other former members of Scientology in touch with the actress.