Leah Remini is going full on guns-blazing in her new tell-all memoir, Troublemaker, where she goes into full detail about how she managed to escape Scientology and in the book, she specifically name drops Jada Pinkett-Smith, who she claims has been a longtime member of the controversial faith.
Speaking with The Daily Beast, Remini recalled an odd night at Tom Cruise’s estate. At the time she was a Scientologist, and along with Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, were asked by the famed actor to participate in a game of hide-and-seek.
“At first I thought he was joking,” she wrote. “But, no, he literally wanted to play hide-and-seek with a bunch of grown-ups in what was probably close to a 7,000-square-foot house on almost three full acres of secluded land.”
Remini subsequently denied, which is apparently unheard of at a Cruise party, and had Tom coming up to her and saying, “Well, good. So you’re ‘It,’ then,” and tag her before running away to hide.
It was after that though that Remini was deemed one of the three star Scientologists, alongside Cruise and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini also told the website. “I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”
“There” Remini is referring to is reportedly the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. It’s supposedly where “stars” of the religion regularly gather to practice the religion. The school she mentions is the New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas, California, which was largely funded by the Smith family and a lot of the people hired by the Smiths were reportedly Scientologists.
Another former high-ranking Scientologist, Mike Rinder, also claims that Jada Pinkett Smith is still a Scientologist while Will “never was.”
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