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Leah Remini rips Scientology in new tell-all book

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Saturday, October 31, 2015, 4:39 PM

Leah Remini left Scientology after butting heads with the controversial church.Dan MacMedan/WireImage

Leah Remini left Scientology after butting heads with the controversial church.

The wails of a 7-month-old infant echoed through the celebrity-studded dinner preceding the marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

It was their daughter, Suri — but neither the baby’s mom nor the other guests showed concern. And then, writes actress Leah Remini in her new Scientology tell-all, things turned weird.

Remini, after five long minutes, followed the sound of the crying baby to a bathroom where three women stood staring at the infant left lying on the floor.

The enraptured trio, including Cruise’s sister and his assistant, were gaping at the hungry child as if she was “L. Ron Hubbard incarnate” — Version 2.0 of the late Scientology founder.

The Daily News obtained a copy of Remini’s explosive new exposé “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” in advance of its Tuesday release.

According to Remini’s book, Cruise’s two adopted kids from his previous marriage to actress Nicole Kidman were heavily under the Scientology sway.

Brooklynite Remini shared a post-wedding ride to the airport with kids Bella and Connor, asking if they’d seen their mother recently.

“Not if I have a choice,” snapped Bella, according to the book. “Our mom is a f—ing SP.”

In church terminology, SP is a Suppressed Person and designated enemy.

The lavish 2006 Cruise-Holmes nuptials at the Odescalchi Castle in Italy served as an earthquake that created enormous chasms between the “King of Queens” star and the Scientology hierarchy.

Prior to the ceremony, Remini — whose mother and stepfather were Scientologists — spent 30 years and donated $ 2.5 million to the controversial group.

But the “fairytale wedding” of the two Hollywood stars brought Remini, 45, to a dark place.

The actress recounts how she finally convinced the women in the bathroom to pick up the crying baby and give her a bottle of warm milk.

If Suri was treated like a deity, Remini soon found herself regarded as an outcast. Tensions flared as church workers angled to separate Remini from the company of her close friend, Jennifer Lopez.

J-Lo was the daughter of a Scientologist, and the church hoped to use the Cruise wedding to recruit the singer/actress. The “Mission Impossible” star even pressured Remini to invite her pal Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, according to the book.

When Remini failed to cooperate, she was very publicly snubbed in the reception line by Cruise and Holmes as punishment, she wrote.

The book also recounts an odd note at the wedding: Cruise was left standing at the altar for 20 interminable minutes, waiting for his bride to materialize

As the 150 guests grew increasingly uncomfortable, Lopez whispered to Remini, “Do you think Katie is coming?”

The reception was like a high school dance filled with horny teens, according to the book.

Norman Starkey, the Scientologist who performed the wedding ceremony, was “humping Brooke Shields on the dance floor,” a sobbing Remini told her mother after calling from the party.

Cruise had gone to lengths to repair the damage done when he famously attacked Shields on NBC’s “Today” show for using antidepressants to treat her postpartum depression.

Remini was also outraged to see Scientology’s married Chairman David Miscavige treating his assistant like they were on a date.

And she reported the high-level Scientologists attached to Cruise and Holmes, Tommy Davis and Jessica Feshbach, “were all over each other” at the festivities.

The two later divorced their spouses and married.

Her final takeaway was that Cruise had seemingly replaced Hubbard as the church’s new figurehead. “Tom Cruise seems to be running our church,” was Remini’s exact complaint.

Remini was summoned to appear at Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., to face a barrage of accusations — the most damning made by Holmes.

In a report so punctuated with exclamation marks that it looked liked it was “written by a seventh grader,” Holmes contended that Remini’s wedding behavior “disturbed me greatly. (She) made the party all about herself.”

Holmes has released a statement saying: “I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”

After months of interrogation and a $ 300,000 bill for the “auditing,” Remini was forced to launch an apology campaign.

She sent expensive gifts to all the important guests, including director J.J. Abrams, who were reportedly upset by her attitude.

Remini also issued a mea culpa to Kevin Huvane, Cruise’s powerful agent who also represents Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston.

She called to personally apologize after hearing that he was telling others how “disgusting” her behavior was.

Remini considered leaving Scientology, but her departure would mean severing ties with her mother, stepfather and the many friends central to her life since joining the church as a Bensonhurst teen.

The good news for Remini, 45, was that her mother, stepfather and stepsister, Shannon, left alongside her.

After Holmes left Cruise in 2012, Remini aggressively ended her relationship with Scientology a year later by filing a LAPD missing persons report on Miscavige’s wife.

Lawrence Wright’s intensely researched book on Scientology, “Going Clear,” dates Shelley’s disappearance from public view to 2006.

The LAPD closed the case with a statement that Remini’s report was “unfounded.”

After a high-profile spin on “Dancing with The Stars,” she currently has a reality show with her extended family on TLC, “It’s All Relative.”

lmcshane@nydailynews.com


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