Just a day after LeAnn Rimes voluntarily entered a 30 day treatment for stress and anxiety the singing star has filed a lawsuit against two women for, “vitriolic cyber bullying.” These women were apparently strong defenders of Brandi Glanville, whose marriage to actor Eddie Cibrian failed after it was discovered he was having an affair with Rimes.
There’s certainly been some public angst between Glanville and Rimes but in this case Brandi, part of the cast of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is supporting Rimes and her decision to seek help. Brandi told Us:
“I totally support LeAnn’s decision to enter rehab — my top priority is my children, and at the end of the day we are a family. LeAnn is their stepmom, and they love her. I am wishing her all the best and I hope she will find what she is looking for while in rehab.”
The lawsuit in question is all about a taped phone conversation by two women that was quickly spread online. In a brief snippet of the recording heard here the following is said:
Unidentified Twitter bully: What has Brandi done?
LeAnn Rimes: She’s vindictive as f***ing sh!t. Don’t tell me that’s okay.”
According to multiple accounts it was LeAnn who contacted the lady in hopes of tamping down the abuse she felt she was unjustly receiving via Twitter. By California law all parties involved have to consent to be recorded during a phone conversation.
The legal documents stated in part that the two women, identified by their fictitious names Kimberly and Lexi Smiley, “conspired to spitefully ensure that out-of-context excerpts of that recording would be disseminated to the public.” Rimes attorney Larry Stein told Celebuzz:
“There has been this cyber-bullying that has been going on for a considerable period of time. Apparently, most of this started when LeAnn started dating Eddie Cibrian … These women [on Twitter] have been merciless — vitriolic in their attacks. Like most celebrities, Rimes didn’t like it, but she hoped things would get better. They don’t understand who she is or who she stands for.”
What a mess! I applaud Brandi’s reaction as well as LeAnn’s desire to get help for whatever problems are dogging her. She made herself very public being one of the most tweeting celebs around but that still doesn’t excuse direct threats etc… from detractors.
I think the tell-tale sign in regards to LeAnn’s treatment will be if her Twitter account gets deleted. It’s a shame it has come to that but for the sake of her mental health and the children involved it would be for the best.