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Tuesday
Jul162013

Kirstie Alley Denies Bashing Leah Remini over Quitting Scientology

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Church of Scientology member Kirstie Alley is denying she has any beef with Leah Remini over the former King of Queens star’s defection from Scientology.

Former Village Voice editor and ex-Scientologist Tony Ortega claims on his blog, The Underground Bunker, that Alley took to Twitter to trash the former King of Queens star over her leaving the church.

The 43-year-old Remini had been one of the Church’s most famous members for three decades and defended it publicly on numerous occasions.  She recently quit Scientology following years of what she called, “interrogations” and “thought modifications.”

Remini claims her treatment was the result of casually asking Scientology leader David Miscavige about his wife, who hasn't been seen in public since around 2007.  As her harsh treatment continued, Remini began to question Miscavige's absolute power over the Church, further alienating her.

Ortega claimed tweets from Alley on July 10 referred to Remini.  One of the messages says, “When faced w malicious gossip I take a moment to experience the loss of the person I thought was my friend… then I say f**k em..:) #RISE.”

Another reads, “The sweetest poison is often served with a smile…beware syrup.”  A third tweet from Alley says, “I’m at my friend’s gorgeous house @minmin1008 love hangin here.”  Ortega asserts that Alley sent the message after attending a meeting at the home of longtime Scientologist Melinda Brownstone, a former friend of Remini’s until they had a falling out in 2008.

Alley denies Ortega’s accusations.  The actress tweeted Monday night, "Lying news outlets. I do NOT care what religion ANYONE is or isn't. I respect religions & would fight for your freedom, as well as mine."

She then commented further that the tweets Ortega cited were written before Remini's story broke in the New York Post last week.  Alley wrote, "thank U lying "news" outlets for thinking I have ESP & write tweets "BEFORE" events OCCUR.I accept that compliment. Ur "sources" don't exist."

She followed that by saying "I'll just be here learning my lines 4 the movie I haven't been offered yet. And buying lottery tickets for The Cal lottery I won in Jan 2014."

Ortega asserts his blog beat the exclusive the Post ran about Remini by two days, which would mean his timeline -- and comments about Alley's Tweets -- are still valid.

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