Leah Remini is heartbroken that she didn't get to say goodbye to her father, who died last month.
She announced the death of her father George Anthony Remini on Twitter Sunday, claiming that the Church of Scientology took him away from her. The former Scientologist says that she learned he died a month ago, and that she was not permitted to say goodbye. "Scientology took my dad in as a pawn against me and likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart that might have been left in him. I'm angry that Scientology found his personal weak spots and got him on board not with their beliefs but with their smear campaign against me," she wrote.
Not only that, but she didn't even find out about his death until Friday.
"On Friday, I received a message from my sister Nicole, who had been contacted by a stranger passing on his condolences for the passing of our father, George Anthony Remini. We had no idea that he had died a month ago," the former King of Queens actress announced.
"We weren't aware that he had been sick leading up to his death. A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it. We were not able to say goodbye. He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn't help but love him."
Despite documenting her estranged relationship with her father in her memoir Troublemaker, she said she was desperate to heal their rift.
She wrote: "Regardless of his neglect and abuse, I had hoped to one day have some closure. I hoped for him to acknowledge who he had been and what he had done to us as his children. That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet I can't help but grieve. I am angry at myself for crying for someone who didn't ever cry for me. I am angry that I still wanted this man's love."
Remini is an outspoken critic of Scientology, and blames the church for not allowing them to meet. A rep for Scientology told Page Six: "Leah Remini blames everyone but herself for destroying her relationships. It's beyond hypocritical. She was estranged from her father, who was never a member of the religion, for years and now even exploits his sad passing for tabloid attention. Hate consumes her. She has caused hundreds of threats of violence and even a death. She has blood on her hands."