Jada Pinkett Smith took to Facebook on Tuesday to shut down ex-Scientologist Leah Remini’s claim that Pinkett Smith has “been in Scientology a long time.”
“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist,” Pinkett Smith wrote in the post, which addressed the multiple religions she says she has participated in but does not devoutly follow:
“I recently lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai… but I am not Jewish;
I have prayed in mosques all over the world… but I am not a Muslim;
I have read the Bhagavad Gita… but I am not a Hindu;
I have chanted and meditated in some of the most magnificent temples on earth… but I am not a Buddhist; and
I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.
I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.
NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.”
Remini, who recently won an Emmy for her Scientology-exposing A&E docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” told The Daily Beast on Saturday that she had frequently seen Pinkett Smith at Scientology-related events and locations.
“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini said. “I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”
In 2008, the Smiths opened a private school that raised concerns because some of its teachers were members of the Church of Scientology. Both Smiths have repeatedly insisted that they aren’t Scientologists themselves.