Jada Pinkett Smith Fires Back Again After Leah Remini Says She’s in Scientology

Leah Remini has made it her mission to do what she refers to as “expose” the secrets of Scientology through her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, and her Emmy-Award winning series, Scientology and the Aftermath. The actress did an interview with the Daily Beast on Sept. 16, 2017, in which she discussed her book and some of allegations she made in it — including the claim that Jada Pinkett Smith is a Scientologist and has “been in Scientology a long time.”

Pinkett Smith has since denied Remini’s claim, but this not the first time these two women have had a back and forth over this very subject. Here’s a look at what Remini had to say about Pinkett Smith, as well as some of the reasons many have long believed that the Smiths practice Scientology.

Leah Remini claims she saw Jada Pinkett Smith at Celebrity Centre

Leah Remini looking serious on Leah Remini Scientology and the Aftermath

Leah Remini on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath | A&E

In a recent interview, the Kevin Can Wait actress pointed to what she believed to be a sure sign that Pinkett Smith is in Scientology.

Remini said she saw the Girl Trip star at Hollywood’s Scientology Celebrity Centre “all the time.” The Troublemaker author went on to clarify that while she saw Pinkett Smith on several occasions, she never saw her famous husband, Will Smith, there.

The Smiths donated to multiple Scientology groups and private school

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith stand next to each other and smile while wearing formal clothes.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith | Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images

The Smiths have reportedly donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to multiple Scientology groups over the years, including the World Literacy Crusade, ABLE International, and the Hollywood Education and Literacy Program. Such hefty gifts continued to fuel speculation about whether or not they practice Scientology. But the couple really raised eyebrows when they put up $1 million to open a private school called New Village Academy.

The school, which was said to use the same teaching methods as a Scientology curriculum, shuttered in 2013.

Jaden and Willow Smith gave bizarre interview about time control

Willow and Jaden Smith stand together posing for photos and looking towards photographers.

Willow Smith and Jaden Smith | Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association

In 2014, Jaden and Willow Smith did an interview with T Magazine, and many thought that some of their answers were pretty bizarre for two teens. In it, Willow said that she controlled time while Jaden remarked that life “can pass by in six seconds.”

Some of their other comments also left people scratching their heads and wondering if they learned about such things by studying Scientology.

Will Smith defended Scientology teachings

Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith stand and pose for photos at the 'Concussion' movie premiere.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Smith’s comments about Scientology and friendship with Tom Cruise during a 2007 Access Hollywood interview didn’t do much to stop people from thinking that he was or is a practicing Scientologist. Smith stated:

I was introduced to [Scientology] through Tom, and I’m a student of world religion. I was raised in a Baptist household and went to a Catholic school, but the ideas of the Bible are 98 percent the same ideas as Scientology; 98 percent the same ideas as Buddhism or Hinduism. You have people who are attacking and want to fight. And don’t know nothing. How you gonna not know nothing about Scientology and attack somebody? It’s dangerous and it’s ignorant.

Mike Rinder and others stated that Will Smith is not a Scientologist

Mike Rinder

Mike Rinder on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath | A& E

Despite the Ali actor’s remarks, which leave open the possibility that he does practice Scientology, Mike Rinder, who co-hosts Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has previously stated that Smith is not a Scientologist. Journalist Tony Ortega, who has covered the organization since the ’90s, has also backed that claim.

However, neither have commented on whether or not his wife is or was ever in Scientology.

Jada Pinkett Smith said Leah Remini ‘lied’ about what happened at Tom Cruise’s house

Jada Pinkett Smith wears a yellow shirt and coat and smiles while posing for photos.

Jada Pinkett Smith | Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM

In her book, Remini wrote about a gathering at Tom Cruise’s house in which she stated the Mission Impossible star wanted to play a game of hide-and-seek with her and a fellow celebrity Scientologist who she claimed to be Pinkett Smith.

“At first I thought he was joking,” Remini wrote. “But, no, he literally wanted to play hide-and-seek with a bunch of grown-ups in what was probably close to a 7,000-square-foot house on almost three full acres of secluded land.”

When Andy Cohen asked for details about the incident during an episode of Watch What Happens Live in July 2017, Pinkett Smith said Remini’s version of events from that night were a lie. She further went on to explain that her children were there, and that’s why Cruise insisted on playing the game.

Remini later countered that, saying, “There were no kids there.”

Jada Pinkett Smith responded via social media to Scientology claims

 

Following Remini’s interview with the Daily Beast, Pinkett Smith took to social media to again deny being a Scientologist.

As for the Church of Scientology, it previously released a statement denouncing all of Remini’s claims.

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