Saturday September 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- LeAnn Rimes sued two women she claims illegally recorded a phone conversation with her and posted snippets online, one day after she sought professional help for anxiety and stress.

Rimes sued Kimberly Smiley and her adult daughter Lexi on Thursday, seeking more than $25,000 in damages for recording a March phone conversation that ended up online on websites bashing the country singer.

Kimberly Smiley denied she posted the recording, saying she shared it with online acquaintances, one of whom played it for the ex-wife of Rimes’ husband, Eddie Cibrian.

"The whole thing is just ridiculous," she said. "It’s just a celebrity who’s too full of herself."

The invasion of privacy lawsuit came one day after Rimes, 30, entered an in-patient treatment facility in what her publicist Marcel Pariseau describes an attempt to "learn and develop coping mechanisms."

Pariseau says Rimes isn’t seeking treatment for an eating disorder or substance abuse, adding that "while privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated."

It is illegal in California for a party to record a phone call without the other person’s knowledge.

Rimes and Cibrian were married in April 2011 and their relationship has remained a subject of tabloid fascination, due in part to them being married to other people when it started.


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