Leah Remini Says Scientology Officials Asked Her to Invite Friend Jennifer Lopez to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' Wedding
Leah Remini said she was asked to bring her longtime friend Jennifer Lopez to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' 2006 wedding
In her 20/20 interview on Friday night, the King of Queens star revealed that she was asked to bring Lopez and her then-husband, Marc Anthony, with her the to what she called “the wedding of the century.”
“The Church was really the one who invited them,” she said. “On Tom’s behalf.”
Remini said that Church officials attempted to separate her from the pop star during the three-day celebration.
“They were trying to extract me,” she said. “I can only assume because they wanted to make Jennifer a Scientologist. Maybe I was barring that road for them.”
After the wedding, the 45-year-old claimed she began to fall out of favor with the Church.
Remini said that numerous Church members had filed reports accusing her of poor behavior during the celebration, alleging that she was loud, late and rude. Remini said the Scientologists claimed she had “basically destroyed the wedding.”
The actress asserted that Holmes herself filed what is called a “Knowledge Report,” that called out Remini’s behavior.
Holmes said in a statement provided to PEOPLE by her publicist, “I regret having upset Leah in the past, and wish her only the best in the future.” The statement was read on-air during the 20/20 special.
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A Scientology spokesperson told ABC News of Remini’s statements about the wedding: “Every claim Miss Remini has made is not only untrue but ridiculous and stupid.”
During the interview, Remini spoke out about Cruise, who has since split from Holmes, and his prominence in the Church.
“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself,” she claimed. “You are a person who is anti the aims and goals of Scientology, you are evil.”
Church International Spokesperson Karin Pouw previously told PEOPLE in a statement that Remini’s claims are an effort to remain in the public eye.
“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,” Pouw said.