LeAnn Rimes sues over alleged illegally taped talk
August 31st, 2012
04:11 PM ET

LeAnn Rimes sues over alleged illegally taped talk

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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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. LeAnne Issue

    fine the crooks. simple

    September 6, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    i can't get to the following article http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/23/opinion/smith-anxiety-disorder/index.html any longer is it still there?

    September 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. iloveu879

    she has morals as a woman.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Holly

    May the Lord continue to look after LeAnn and give her the strength to over come the words out of those who do nothing but tear down her EVERY move. (bowing my head).

    God bless her always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee (a day one fan of her).

    P.S. I can't wait to hear her new songs! (big smile)

    September 4, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. iloveu879

    i just love leeann she has morals as a woman

    September 3, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. ha

    he always has someone...you gotta laugh at her

    September 3, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Women

    women should look like women...and not dominating whales

    September 3, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. G

    she's well presented and not a slob

    September 3, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. dude

    mental health nah..she's has a team working the buzzing problem.

    September 3, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. realhousewivesrealprofessor

    She just needs to lay low and stop trying to get attention. If it's not anorexic bikini shots it's lawsuits and mental health issues. I'm not saying it's all fabicated but I do think she's addicted to attention. Is she aiming for her own reality show? Or has that alreadu happened?

    September 3, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    fine and donate.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. payanari coding---

    i am at my computer now...i told you if you wanted s-x you could have just asked.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kook

    god almighty..he was separated..nutcase

    September 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LeAnn Took My Man

    I hope you rot in a padded cell you marriage wrecking piece of trash! Tell Eddie his check is late!

    September 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pyanari

    http://musicelevation.info/news/justin-bieber-music/ What ?!

    September 2, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  16. pyanari

    http://musicelevation.info – The ultimate music , instruments , headphones , speakers , news , forum – blog

    September 2, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. LoveMusic

    love her makeup and she is so well put together...fine the buzzz and send the check to a worthy cause...

    September 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Hollywood

    Just get back to a solid state nd health. Then make smart and Imformed decisions. No games.

    September 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Good Girl LeeAnn(267)

    fine the bugger

    September 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. There?

    Fine them...

    September 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. k8t

    Hey, Le Anne I am so sorry you are stressed and having anxiety. You have money a husband,ok you stole him from his wife and child. If you think you have stress try being one of the millions of people who are unemployed, homeless and hungry. Stop complaining and being a pampered brat.

    September 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Linda

    Great for her I hope that she takes every single thing that they own and donates it to charity, people need to understand that they need to check themselves and mind their damn business, all they know is what they read in the press 80% of which are lies anyway, you must be really miserable and without a life to get this involved in some celebrity life and marraige. I hope that all of these celebs start suing these idiots that make it their business to defame their name, and make them see what stress is when they are in jeopardy of losing everything that they own, and I would do it in a heartbeat without remorse because they have no remorse when they are defaming these folks.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. LeeAnn Problem

    fine them... and donate the money to st judes–simple.

    September 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Cheating

    you sound like you have a cheater around you–are you ok? do you need help?

    September 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • disco

      I don't have one around me...I'm alright! My sister on the other hand did...and his karma is divorce & $$. The mistress' karma is now 3 kids with different daddies and a man that no longer wants her. Everybody in my family is LMFAO at this loser. So we are all good. :p

      September 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Disco

    Sorry hunny...that's what you get for sleeping with her husband (at the time). Have you ever heard of karma???? You will get no sympathy from me. As for Ms. Glanville & friends they need to get over it & move on!!!!

    September 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. NoWay--

    Nobody has the right to have access to another phone...unless they have a search warrant. all you have to do is call you local phone co. they have the capabilities to let you know if someones visiting your phone. how would you like others to listen to you phone calls? nothing is going to happen LeaAnn and her career will be fine but the nosey
    people are getting BIG FAT FINE.

    September 1, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  27. Bitter Rimes

    Leann rimes asked for Kims number off of a friend (she met on twitter) who also knew Kim. Leann then decided to ring Kim (on speaker phone in a restuarant) because she is a supporter of brandi and Leann wanted Kim to support her instead. Kim could not have harassed or bullied Leann on twitter because her account is LOCKED impossible to tweet 'leann,and Le has also blocked her!!! You can tell the recording weren't planned because it starts WELL into the conversation. Kim also is not being horrible to Leann at all during the call, go listen for yourself.
    This will come to light if it ever makes it to court, I just hope this poor womans reputation and finances aren't ruined.
    Leann is actually bullying her as she knows Kim doesnt have the finances to stop the lies she is sending to the press. Think about it Le could have easily done a cease and desist, injunction or just demand the recordings be removed from the (ONLY) two blogs....instead she does this...she is the bully.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetruth

      Is that you psycho obsessed 'fan' of the ex-wife who harass a celeb you don't know ? hey 'fan' more like pathetic stalker : GET A LIFE, your behaviour make me want to puke !! PITIFUL pice of trash who has no life..

      September 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Tracie

    Who cares. She is a zero. A nothing.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. LeAnn

    inconsiderate on this one ...people need to mind their own business and go LeAnn-lol

    August 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Being Considerate

    Its great being back at college..Psychology and Behavior have been my favorite courses so far...

    the professor was able to explain behavior and how it affects people–my professor is a young woman so amazing..who asked to see me after class one night and said: –"your are a great woman-but! you have to learn that not all people are the same...some may need more from you as a person then others and you have to be more alert".

    i thought about it on the way home and realized that she was right.

    August 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. (moons you)

    Her picture looks like she has to poo. Not impressed by this chick.

    August 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. notmakingsense

    The article makes me think that Rimes had a phone conversation with these two women. If two people have defamed and harrassed you for years, why on earth would you continue to talk to them? Wasn't this a set up for disaster?

    August 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Capt. Bignutz

    And somebody please remind me again exactly why I should know this person?

    August 31, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. theDude

    Butter face.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |

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