LeAnn Rimes Suffers Emotional Breakdown; Lawyer Decries "Merciless, Vitriolic" Cyber-Bullying

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We just learned that LeAnn Rimes is in treatment for anxiety and stress a few hours ago, but apparently it was a long time coming for the country star.

She was, and is, embroiled in a battle that is draining her emotionally.

No, not against Brandi Glanville. LeAnn Rimes feels she has become a victim of severe bullying online and is trying to turn the tables on her detractors.

The 30-year-old has accumulated a ton of offensive Tweets written about her, among a circle of private individuals and is exploring her legal options.

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"There has been this cyber-bullying that has been going on for a considerable period of time," her lawyer Larry Stein told Celebuzz in an interview.

"Apparently, most of this started when LeAnn started dating Eddie Cibrian," he said. "These women have been merciless ... vitriolic in their attacks."

"They don't understand who she is or who she stands for." 

Why LeAnn simply doesn't delete her Twitter or stop reading the @ mentions is an open question, but as for the bullies, these Twitter users are no joke.

There is an actual @blockedbyleann Twitter handle, which calls itself the "official #blockedbyleann fan club" and tracks Rimes' "imminent meltdown."

There's also the Curious Case of LeAnn Rimes blog (lunaticleannrimes on blogspot) and Rumors are flying that a Twitter feud pushed Rimes over the edge.

LeAnn came under heavy scrutiny when she and Eddie Cibrian - both married at the time - had an affair that ultimately led to their own marriage last year.

She and Brandi have feuded publicly on Twitter, and she's battled critics of her actions and body image on a regular basis over the past two years.

While there have been rumors that Eddie cheated and triggered her downward spiral, the more credible reports say she suffered an emotional breakdown.

Her attorney's corroboration of the bullying accusations certainly suggests that played a role as well, even if the specifics are hard to come by.

Some may say she brought it upon herself with infidelity and then engaging with haters on Twitter; others may see Rimes as a victim of truly ruthless individuals and unable to fully escape the backlash due to her celebrity. Both arguments have merit.

What exactly prompted her to check into a treatment facility is probably something only LeAnn knows, but hopefully it's a positive experience for her.

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Why do we only hear SHE cheated with a married man? What don't we hear HE cheated with a married woman? Grow up people, it's life, get on with your own f'd up lives and leave her the hell alone.


Good voice or not ...She has no integrity and her ex husband is better off without her.


Leave Leann Rimes alone. The girl has one of the most incredible voices of all time. What she does in her personal life is none of anybody's fucking business period.


Eddie is cheatin on all both these bitches that'a what sent her over the edge she knows it. Lost her husband family reputation looks way to thin almost sick nothing left then he cheats on her poor girl put all her hopes in one basket. she needs to MAN UP and take a stand relize that guys no good until then shell keep going through this.


She is a home wrecking, attention craving slut. If she has no idea why people "bully" her, then she is mentally retarded as well. I can't stand this arrogant bitch or her cheating low-life husband. Brandi is lucky to be rid of the piece of shit and when he cheats on LeAnn, she will be getting her go around (precisely what she deserves).


Get rid of the twitter acct. Get rid of anything that will give those psycho's any access to you at all. Stop letting your guilt over the affair make you have to keep defending yourself to these nut jobs. What's done is done so let it go and move on...


I've faced the same problem online with lowlifes who stalked me around the web, posted lies about me and my family, and even tracked me to feedback I'd left on some purchases at Amazon, etc. There should be some way to sue for slander, but unfortunately, for some reason, online there's little that can be done about it.


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Those people bullying LeAnn are truly despicable. Eddie and LeAnn are married and let them be. He's not your husband go live your own lives and stop judging and harassing her. Brandi Glanville his ex-wife has bad personality and its no surprise he left her.

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