The Church of Scientology has fired back at actress Leah Remini, who recently said she left the church last year because she didn't want her 9-year-old involved with the church unless changes were made.
Karin Pouw, from the organization's media relations department, sent an email to the Bay Area News Group and other media outlets saying the former "King of Queens" star was using Scientology to get attention.
"It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses," the email said.
"Ms. Remini was not attending Church services for years. In fact, she was upset because no one in the Church was calling her or her family, going so far as to drag her daughter into the Church to insist upon being given special treatment. Sadly, this is the accurate, flip side of the events she now is spinning, which are absurd, insulting and motivated entirely by a desire to grab attention."
Remini, 43, told Buzzfeed in a recent interview she wanted people to know the truth, and that "dozens" of factors contributed to her departure, though she said the main reason was her daughter Sofia was approaching the age when auditing -- which reportedly involves a series of probing questions -- was required for acclimation into the church.
"In my house, it's family first, but I was spending most of my time at the church," Remini said. "So, I was saying 'family first,' but I wasn't showing that. I didn't like the message that sent my daughter."
Remini said she tried speaking to fellow Scientologists about making some changes, but "they only cared that their lives would be disrupted if they stood with me. They didn't care about doing the right thing."
"We had a chance to make a change from within, but they didn't want to," said Remini. "That showed me they didn't actually care, which went against everything I thought we stood for."
Remini broke from the last year, after filing a missing person's report on Michelle Miscavige, wife of church leader David Miscavige. The report was later ruled by police to be unfounded. Michelle Miscavige is believed to be living in the Church's San Bernardino center, but not has not been seen in public since 2006, reports say.
Remini told Buzzfeed she lost friends after renouncing Scientology. "In the Church, you're taught that everybody is lost," she said. "They say they're loving, caring, nonjudgmental people, but secretly, they were judging the world for not believing what they believed. To me, that is not a spiritual person. That's a judgmental person and that is the person that I was. I was a hypocrite, and the worst thing you can be in this world is a hypocrite."
The Church's statement ended with a self-endorsement.
"We are saddened that Ms. Remini now feels compelled to attack her former faith as if there is something wrong with a good work ethic, encouragement to live a drug free life, a happy childhood and strong family -- all values she and countless others experience from the strong religious community in the Church," it said.