LeAnn Rimes Files Lawsuit Against Cyber-Bullies, Allegedly Taped A Telephone Call Without Her Permission, Highlight Hollywood News
LeAnn Rimes filed a lawsuit on August 30, just before entering rehab, against two women who allegedly taped an August 19 telephone conversations without the singer’s consent. According to court documents, the musician’s attorney claims Kimberly and Lexi Smiley “conspired to spitefully ensure that out-of-context excerpts of that recording would be disseminated to the public on various websites. . . in an effort to portray Ms. Rimes in an egregious false and negative light and cause her emotional distress.”
Rimes states in her documents, she does not know the true names of the defendants, so she used their known aliases in the court documents. The country music superstar added that she has been the target of an “increasingly aggressive internet campaign by supporters of her husband Eddie Cibrian’s first wife, ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Brandi Glanville.”
Rimes’ allegedly “secretly” taped conversation went viral Thursday, and as a result, her attorney believes it has “harmed her reputation and personal relationships.” The singer’s attorney added that it has “caused her emotional distress.” Rimes’ attorney, Larry Stein, spoke with Celebuzz about her current court case Thursday. “There has been this cyber-bullying that has been going on for a considerable period of time,” Stein explained. “Apparently, most of this started when LeAnn started dating Eddie Cibrian. These women [on Twitter] have been merciless — vitriolic in their attacks. Like most celebrities, Rimes didn’t like it, but she hoped things would get better. “They don’t understand who she is or who she stands for,” Stein added.
Rimes is currently seeking treatment for “anxiety and stress” at a 30-day inpatient facility, her rep confirmed on Thursday. “While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms.”
And Rimes is receiving support from her husband’s ex-wife, who thinks these women’s alleged actions are unconscionable.
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