Leah Remini on 20/20: Jennifer Lopez at Tom Cruise's Wedding
2024/02/06

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Leah Remini claims Scientology asked her to invite longtime friend to and ‘ .

In her interview on Friday night, the 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 . “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.”

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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 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

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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 about Cruise, who has since split from Holmes, and his prominence in the Church.

“Being critical of 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.

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