Leah Remini is not giving up her fight against the Church of Scientology.
The actress, who is starring in an upcoming A&E docuseries titled Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, appears on Ellen DeGeneres’ show Wednesday, where she talks about feeling a responsibility to speak out on behalf of the church’s “victims.”
“I was watching high executives, former executives of the church leaving and speaking out about abuses and things that they’ve experienced while working for the church, and I saw how the church reacted,” the actress said. “I felt I had a responsibility to say, ‘I’m not going to allow you to bully these people who were very brave to come out and tell their stories.’ And that’s for executives, but there are just average parishioners like me who leave and speak out about what they’ve experienced, and they lose their family. And so the church goes after their family to shun their family, oftentimes. I’m very lucky that that didn’t happen to me. My family chose me.”
Remini, who left the church in 2013, also wrote a best-selling book about her experiences, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.