Leah Remini has left Church of Scientology, reports say: Actress thanks supporters amid report
7:54 AM, Jul 14, 2013
(CNN) -- Reports have been flying that Leah Remini has split with the Church of Scientology.
While the "King of Queens" actress hasn't spoken specifically about the widespread coverage, she has said that she's grateful for the support she's receiving in the midst of it.
"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 in a statement Friday. "I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."
The 43-year-old actress was one of the better known stars who were a part of the church, which also includes celebrity members Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston. CNN's Belief blog describes Scientology, a religion founded in the 1950s by Ron L. Hubbard, as having a core belief that "each human has a reactive mind that responds to life's traumas, clouding the analytic mind and keeping us from experiencing reality." Church members undergo a process called "auditing" to help them identify the sources of their trauma in order to neutralize those events.
On its website, the Church of Scientology says that some of its other fundamental beliefs include, "Man is an immortal spiritual being"; "His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime"; and, "His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized."
Remini's separation from Scientology was first reported by Tony Ortega, a former Village Voice editor who has covered Scientology since 1995. Ortega wrote on his Scientology blog July 8 that Remini had allegedly parted ways with the organization over differences of opinion regarding management. The New York Post's Page Six soon added to the conversation with allegations that Remini had been "interrogated."
CNN has reached out to the Church of Scientology for comment, and has yet to receive a response.
CNN's Carolyn Sung, Jennifer Wolfe contributed to this report.