The LeAnn Rimes bullying saga, which came to a head earlier this week and landed her in a treatment for emotional issues, has taken another unexpected turn.
The singer has filed a lawsuit against Kimberly Smiley and Lexi Smiley, two women she claims illegally taped a conversation with her and posted it online.
LeAnn Rimes says the Smileys are supporters of Brandi Glanville – Eddie Cibrian’s ex – and launched a campaign to trash her after she started seeing him.
LeAnn and Eddie had an affair several years ago while both were married to other people; both stars got divorced and then married each other in 2011.
The campaign of terror against her never ceased, however. Earlier this year, LeAnn claims she called Kimberly in an attempt to stop the online bullying.
During the conversation, LeAnn says she attempted to be kind and said she just wanted peace … but Kimberly and Lexi secretly recorded the phone call.
According to Rimes, they posted out-of-context excerpts online painting her in a “false and negative light” and calling LeAnn “crazy and delusional.”
LeAnn is suing for invasion of privacy. Her attorney says she’ll seek police help in an effort to get the people responsible for the recording prosecuted.
Brandi Glanville has feuded publicly with LeAnn in recent years, and it’s clear the Smileys are “supporters” of Brandi, but it’s unclear if they even know her.
Rimes is in a treatment facility for stress and anxiety management; it is not a rehab center for substance abuse or eating disorders, as has been rumored.