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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......she needs a plastic make over again?
REHAB?

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I am a huge fan of LeAnn Rimes, she has one of the most beautiful voice as a singer. I wish her the best, you have a loving and caring husband by your side. Just be strong and don't let those crazy people get into your system. You have tons of people who love you.

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Leann called a twitter follower and cussed like a sailor AND foul mouthed the Mother of her step kids. Classy. You don't put EVERY detail of your life on public display THEN cry when some people don't buy into your sugar coated delusions. Ever hear of FREE SPEECH? Don't call people that dislike you, idiot.

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This comment is @ just the facts. You are right. Nobody refers to her as the beautiful country singer anymore. The refer to her as a homewrecker who not only destroyed her marriage but someone else's to. I think that's why no one really has sympathy for her. I am sure that ordinary people that are not celebrities would be hurt if there marriage ended in a bad way. And she should not read all the horrible tweets about and and respond to them. She probably has been lashing out too.

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I think there was a organized group who terrorize her daily with Eddie cheating, her body, her looks and they taped a phone call she made with one of them to get them to stop. So very sad to read.

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leeann. eat! and enjoy life. quit trying to be what everyone else thinks you should be.

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I like to eat apples and bananas and I only poop on Tuesdays.

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Shew, that picture is crazy!

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You know, I wouldn't wish anxiety or depression on anyone. It is a horrible thing. I suffer From it myself. I read these articles about her strutting around in a bikini appearing to not have a care in the world, and I always wondered if things were really that great or if it was a show. I am pretty sure there is not a person in Hollywood that really has it all that great. I think it would be a sad, lonely life. I'll take my normal, everyday life over that anyday. I wish Leeann the best in her recovery.

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You know, as a celebrity Part of the job description these days is to be fodder to the critics.. She has to learn to take it to a point. I mean if they're making threats, that's one thing, but getting upset because someone makes fun of your weight? If that's the case then i should be pressing charges right and left.

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