Singer LeAnn Rimes has launched a lawsuit against two women who she alleges have instigated a campaign of cyber bullying against her. Rimes says that Kimberly Riley and another unnamed woman run a blog attacking her due to her marriage to actor Eddie Cibrian.
According to New York Daily News, the lawsuit states: “Though she has many supporters, over the past several years, Ms Rimes has been the target of an increasingly aggressive internet campaign by supporters of her husband Eddie Cibrian’s first wife … Until now, Ms Rimes has patiently put up with the defendants’ campaign of harassment in the hope that they would tire of posting false and defamatory statements. Her restraint has been rewarded with only escalating outrageous conduct by defendants”.
The lawsuit was launched after a recording of a phone call between Rimes and, allegedly, Riley, was posted to the offending blog last month. Rimes claims that she called Riley earlier this year to try to make peace but was “taunted and provoked” and recorded without her knowledge.
The same day the legal action was first reported, Rimes checked herself into an LA rehab clinic. Her rep told The Hollywood Reporter: “LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress. While there will be speculation regarding treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated”.