Anxiety is not a good thing, because it is a very displeasing feeling of fear and concern. That’s the current state of Country singer LeAnn Rimes. The good news is that the source of her anxiety seems to have been identified as Kimberly and Lexi Smiley. Rimes has smacked a lawsuit against the two women claiming they illegally recorded one of her phone conversation.
Clearly, these ladies are the root cause of Rimes’ “stress and anxiety issues.
Eddie Cibrian’s wife filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Kimberly and Lexi Smiley and other individuals (whose names she has yet to uncover), for invasion of privacy, claiming they have orchestrated a “campaign of harassment” against her since she began dating her Good Deeds star hubby.
Rimes claims the women are supporters of her husband Eddie Cibrian’s ex-wife Real Houswives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville – who he left for LeAnn – and according to gossip website TMZ, claims they illegally and secretly recorded the conversation and then released out-of-context excerpts, painting her in a ”false and negative light”.
The suit states Rimes has put up with their “campaign of harassment in the hope they would tire of posting false and defamatory statements,” but the “outrageous conduct” has only been escalating and Rimes “can no longer merely hope” the behavior will stop.
Rimes said she has been the target of an “increasingly aggressive internet campaign. Rimes’ believes the individuals she is suing are behind this campaign.
She also alleges they made statements that LeAnn was ”crazy and delusional.”
LeAnn checked in to a 30-day in-patient facility to deal with ”anxiety and stress” on Wednesday (29.08.12), the day after her 30th birthday, and she hopes she is better able to deal with her problems on her return.
She said: ”This is just a time for me to emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be.”
”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. I’ll have the tools to know how to deal with them.”
Her representative Marcel Pariseau added privacy was not ”expected” but would be ”appreciated”.
He said: ”LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress.
”While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms.
In Spring 2012, a friend of the defendants encouraged Rimes to talk to the Smileys in an attempt to end the negative Internet activity. Rimes spoke to them on the phone, but did not know she was being taped.
The recording was later posted on “hate” blogs such as Celebitchy.com and CrazyDaysAndNights.com, among others. Rimes states the posting has “harmed her reputation and personal relationships and have caused her emotional distress.”
Clearly, Rimes has apparently been experiencing an emotional meltdown for months. Teacher Kimberly Smiley recalls an expletive laden phone call she received from the musician weeks ago.
“[LeAnn said] ‘Hey b**ch this is LeAnn you have 5 minutes to say whatever you want to me!’ ” Kimberly recalled to the website.
“I even asked her to watch it, saying, ‘Your language — so trashy!’ I was also surprised that she thought I’d just change my mind about her and want to come hang with her. I don’t like her, not because of the affair (although I don’t agree with it), but because of her taunting of Brandi and using [Eddie’s children] in her sick game.”
On August 15, Rimes defended herself against two such dissenters, writing: “@LauraJames00 @kellilleslie excuse me? I have nothing to “prove” we are happy and my fans are wonderful and no one is perfect. All I need to speak to about me and my sins is the good lord. Remember you can’t break what’s already broken. I’m not anything like what you read about. It’s all lies and anything you’ve read about no matter who or where it comes from….well, let’s just say it’s a game for so many to hurt others. Time to move on, everyone else has.”
Rimes’ rep, who acknowledged that the star has been criticized for her thin frame in the past, is not entering treatment for an eating disorder, nor for substance abuse. Her treatment facility has allowed Rimes to continue to tour on the weekends, so as not to “disappoint her fans.” She is gearing up to release her next album, “Spitfire.”
Rimes will continue on with her lawsuit and is asking for an injunction against the individuals to prevent them from disseminating the tape, as well as compensatory, punitive and other damages.