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Leah Remini

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Leah Remini is opening up in the wake of leaving the Church of Scientology.

"I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about," the former King of Queens star told People. "It wouldn't matter what it was, simply no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."

She added, "I'm not about to shut up."

Earlier this month, the New York Post reported that Remini had decided to quit the controversial religion, citing a source's claim that the 43-year-old actress had been subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" after questioning the leadership of David Miscavige.

When asked for a comment, a rep for the Church of Scientology told E! News at the time, "The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member."

The Church later added that allegations of "interrogations" and "thought modification" are "absurd and pure nonsense."