UPDATE: Jada Pinkett Smith has responded to Leah Remini’s assertions that she’s a Scientologist:
“I have studied Dianetics and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist,” said Pinkett Smith. “I practice human kindness and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.”
It has long been rumoured that Pinkett Smith and her husband, A-list actor Will Smith, are practitioners of the religion, but aren’t public about it.
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” she 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 mind behind the Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath recalled attending a party at Tom Cruise’s house when Remini was still practising Scientology. “I had hoped that she had left [Scientology], but this was the tell-tale sign that she was still in,” Remini continued.
Scientology, for its part, denies any and all accusations put forth against it by Remini, accusing her of being money-hungry and exploitative. The church also claims to be the victim of increased physical and verbal attacks since Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath premiered, including bomb and death threats.
“There have been more than 500 incidents of vandalism, harassment and threats of violence against the church, its parishioners, staff and leadership,” said Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw. “Leah Remini is just an actress whose current role is starring in a scam of a show whose singular goal is to incite religious hate and violence for ratings, money and Emmy nominations.”
There has been no comment from Jada Pinkett Smith or her husband in response to the accusations that they’re involved with Scientology.
— With files from Shakiel Mahjouri