Actress Leah Remini has finally opened up about her split from the Church of Scientology, insisting she should have been able to question issues within the organisation without fear of reprisal.
The King of Queens star, who was a member of the church for over 30 years, hit the headlines when she became the latest high-profile figure to walk away earlier this month (Jul13), after reported disputes with head David Miscavige.
She revealed that she had become uncomfortable with some of the practises associated with the church, and felt that family and friendships were more important than her chosen religion.
She tells People.com, "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about."
Remini has also expressed that it was within her right to challenge certain things in the church: "I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct.
"That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to...
"It doesn't matter, it could be anything. I thought about the family being broken up for some other cause, and I'm not about to shut up."