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November 01, 2012

LeAnn Rimes Finds Herself Surrounded by Drama Again

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

LeAnn Rimes has been no stranger to drama over the past few years. If the Brandi Glanville and Eddie Cibrian drama wasn’t enough, she is now embroiled in an ugly lawsuit with a teacher and a number of Twitter (News - Alert) users.

Rimes has alleged that her high school teacher Jane Smiley recorded a phone call without her consent, and that conversation found its way to the Internet. She is also suing Twitter users she suspects of conspiring with Smiley.

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It is attracting a lot of attention, which, according to Smiley, is no accident. She told Radar, “LeAnn orchestrated this so it would get the most amount of coverage in the press.” Smiley claims that her role has been misrepresented. “They have misrepresented our role in the phone call, as they knew that we were not the ones who released the recording online; they sent a C&D (cease and desist) letter to the person who did, yet they’ve made it appear that we did.” She called the lawsuit “both emotionally and financially draining” and she fears “the threat of losing the career that I’ve dedicated my life to.”

What’s worse, Smiley says, is that the songstress has been having someone follow her private Twitter account and collect screenshots. She finds it more than a little ironic that someone making a claim that their privacy has been invaded is invading the privacy of the accused.

With accusations flying on both sides, it’s hard to know who to believe. If the drama-mongering of the past few years has been any indication, it’s easy to lean towards siding with Smiley. Online reports say that Rimes is out to “ruin” her former teacher financially. Hopefully, Rimes will get back into the press for her talent or charitable work in the near future and stop fanning the flames of negative press.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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