August 31st, 2012
04:11 PM ET
LeAnn Rimes' birthday week hasn't been without growing pains.
The country star, who said ahead of her 30th birthday on Tuesday that she wants "to be stronger than ever" going into her 30s, entered a treatment facility for anxiety and stress on Wednesday. And then, on Thursday, she filed a lawsuit that accuses two women of taping a phone conversation without her consent. In California, it's against the law to record "confidential communication" without all parties agreeing to it.
In the complaint, Rimes alleges that the two women in question have defamed and harassed her for years, but recently "crossed the line" when they "conspired to spitefully ensure that out-of-context excerpts of that recording would be disseminated to the public ... in an effort to portray Ms. Rimes in an egregiously false and negative light and cause her emotional distress."
While Rimes has sought assistance in dealing with stress and anxiety by entering a 30-day inpatient treatment program, it is not known whether her stay at the facility and the lawsuit are related.
A source said to be close with Rimes told People magazine that the events relayed in the complaint are "a part of, but certainly not the only reason LeAnn has sought treatment."
The complaint alleges that Rimes has been the target of "an increasingly aggressive Internet campaign" by supporters of her husband Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife, Brandi Glanville. Cibrian has been accused of cheating on his ex-wife with Rimes prior to ending his marriage in 2009.
The conversation in question took place in the spring of this year - an effort, Rimes asserts in her suit, to put a stop to the negativity.
The taped talk and its online dissemination has "resulted in a public and damaging depiction of Rimes, ... harmed her reputation and personal relationships, and ... caused her emotional distress," the complaint says. As a result, Rimes is seeking to "set the record straight ... put an end to Defendants' illegal and harassing conduct, and to be compensated for the harm that she has endured as a result of Defendants' malicious actions."
Upon checking into the inpatient facility Wednesday, Rimes told People magazine that she needed some time to "emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself."
"All the things in my life will be there when I get out, but you know what? I'm hoping they're not going to affect me as much," Rimes continued. "I'll have the tools to know how to deal with them."
Her rep also clarified to the magazine that Rimes voluntarily entered the program, and that it does not have anything to do with an eating disorder or substance abuse. (In the past, Rimes has been criticized for appearing to be too thin.)
"While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms," her rep said. "While privacy isn't expected, it's certainly appreciated."
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