Leah Remini’s tell-all, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, has Tom Cruise, well, troubled.
A source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that the Mission: Impossible actor, 53, is “freaking out” about the King of Queens vet’s dishy press tour for her Scientology-focused tome. In her memoir, she details bizarre anecdotes about Cruise, including the time he allegedly had a meltdown while trying to bake cookies: The action star reportedly screamed at assistants as he searched for baking ingredients — even though, according to Remini, there was a batch of prepackaged dough right in front of him.
“He thinks it’s a major betrayal,” the insider tells Us. The New York native, 45, has also been sharing tales from Cruise’s wedding to now ex-wife Katie Holmes, claiming the couple reported her to the church for inappropriate behavior during their nuptials. The Exes actress wrote that the incident led the religious group to send her to Florida for “reprogramming.”
Holmes has since apologized to Remini without addressing specifics. “I regret having upset Leah in the past, and wish her only the best in the future,” the actress said in a statement ahead of Remini’s Oct. 30 20/20 interview.
But don’t expect Cruise to respond publicly to the reality TV personality — or to take action against her. “Leah is what the church calls a ‘suppressive person,’ so she’s evil in his mind,” says the pal. “He wipes the memory of any SP out of his life. He’s letting the Scientology people discredit her.”
The Church of Scientology has vehemently denied the claims Remini made in her book and in promotional interviews. “Sadly, bitterness and anger are common threads through Ms. Remini’s life,” the church said in a statement on its website. “Rather than take responsibility for self-inflicted problems, she is quick to blame others.”
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