Leah Remini gives reason for leaving Scientology

Actress Leah Remini arrives to the Disney ABC Television Group's 2012 TCA Summer Press Tour on July 27, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

"King of Queens" star Leah Remini, 43, is getting bolder about speaking out on her reasons for leaving Scientology.

Making headlines earlier this month for leaving the controversial religion after reportedly facing "years of interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige, she recently gave People her own reasons for the decision in her own words.

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"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," she told the magazine Saturday at the 15th annual DesignCare event in Malibu, Calif. "It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because 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 also stressed that she's far from being alone.

"We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about," she added.

Previously, she's remained vague about her split from Scientology, only thanking her fans when the news initially broke.

"I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world," she said in a statement earlier this month. "I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."

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Remini had been a member of the Church of Scientology for three decades before the surprising split.

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