Leah Remini admits she never tried to convert Kevin James to Scientology.

In her cover story with People, the actress reveals the Church of Scientology asked her to convert her friend and “The King of Queens” co-star but she refused. Over the course of the nine seasons they worked together on the hit CBS sitcom, the two got extremely close and, according to Remini, the Church wanted James to join.

“They always tried to get me to, asking ‘Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?’ I was like, ‘because he’s Catholic. He doesn’t want anything to do with it,'” Remini says. “They let it go after a while, but usually you’d be expected to recruit, especially with somebody you work with for nine years.” According to People, the Church denies Remini’s claims.

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Remini, whose hit A&E show “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” earned her an Emmy nomination, has been vocal about her exit from the Church since 2013. When she left the Church, Remini says James was one of the first to reach out to her. “He reached out to me and said, ‘I’m so proud of you; if you need anything, I’m here,'” she recalls. Now, Remini says her goal is to help others move on, even if Scientology wants to silence her.

“I’m finally at peace knowing who I am and who I want to be. I just want to be happy–and I want to help people,” she admits. In a statement to People, the Church said Remini is the one who should be blamed.

“It is Remini who is the attacker. Her whole anti-Scientology shtick was scripted and choreographed by her, casting herself in her drama as the ‘victim’ so she could cash in on her false narrative while savaging her friends and those who helped her most of her life,” a spokesperson for the Church said.

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For her docu-series, Remini just wants to help those leaving the Church to find themselves. She admits that she is grateful that her husband Angelo Pagan, daughter Sofia and mother Vicki stood by her side, as that is not often the case.

“These people who are speaking to me [for the A&E series], they’re getting bullied by Scientology, their children are disconnecting, their parents are disconnecting, and I just hope that I’ve helped even one person to not give up their lives for an ideology,” Remini says.

“If they’re going to come for me, they’re going to come. I’m not afraid of it. I think it’s disgusting, and the more they do it, the more they expose who they really are … I would like to be the face of resistance to abuse,” Remini declares.

Karin Pouw of the Church of Scientology gave ET Canada the following statement regarding Remini’s claims about recruiting James

“We had nothing to do with Kevin James and never attempted to “recruit” him to the Church. Leah Remini never made this claim in her book so now fabricates it to garner more tabloid press. The only thing we know about Kevin James is what Remini repeatedly told the Church—that he was a bully. We counseled her to be more open and communicate with him so they could get along better.”

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