Jada Pinkett Smith has shut down Leah Remini’s claims that she’s a Scientologist.
Leah, best known for her role in hit sitcom The King of Queens, has hit headlines in recent months after releasing her book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, which describes her life before, during and after being a member of the Church of Scientology.
In the book, Leah told a strange story about when Tom Cruise threw a party and asked his celebrity pals, including Jada and Will Smith, to take part in a game of hide-and-go-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.”
However, when Jada was asked about the strange story on Watch What Happens Live back in July, she told viewers that all their kids were involved, and played down the fact that it was odd.
But, just a few days ago Leah claimed that Jada lied during that interview.
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Leah told The Daily Beast. “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.”
The “school” Leah is talking about is the New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas, which was shut down in 2013.
It’s reported that the school was largely funded by Will and Jada Smith, and that most of the staff were Scientologists.
Although the a-list couple insisted that the school was secular, it reportedly promoted the teaching method of of “Study Technology” – a practice which was enforced by the founder of Scientology.
“I had hoped that she had left [Scientology], but this was the tell-tale sign that she was still in,” Leah continued. “That was untrue. Bulls–t. There were no kids there. I was like, ‘OK, alright, you’re gonna do that? More power to ya.'”
However, Jada finally responded to claims that she’s a Scientologist on Twitter last night.
“I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai… but I am not Jewish,” Jada wrote. “I have prayed in mosques all over the world… but I am not a Muslim. I have read the Bhagavad Gita… but I am not a Hindu. I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth… but I am not a Buddhist.”
“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.
“I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not. NO ONE ELSE can hold that power,” she added.