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LeAnn Rimes files suit over recorded conversation

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.

Miss 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 Miss 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 Miss Rimes, 30, entered an in-patient treatment facility in what her publicist Marcel Pariseau describes an attempt to “learn and develop coping mechanisms.”

Mr. Pariseau said Miss Rimes isn’t seeking treatment for an eating disorder or substance abuse, adding that “while privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”

The recorded phone call occurred because a friend of Miss Rimes connected the singer and Ms. Smiley to try to stop some negative online postings, according to the lawsuit and an interview with Ms. Smiley.

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

“The making of the unauthorized recording and the posting of it and edited excerpts of it on various websites have resulted in a public and damaging depiction of Ms. Rimes, have harmed her reputation and personal relationships, and have caused her emotional distress,” the lawsuit states.

Miss Rimes and Mr. 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.

Ms. Smiley, who is a teacher in Northern California, said she has been on the receiving end of bullying from Miss Rimes‘ supporters and has kept her Twitter and a YouTube post of the call on private settings. She said she shared the call with others but did not sell the recording, which she said her daughter made because of some “outrageous” things the singer was saying.

“I truly think this is a PR attempt to get people to think she’s been victimized,” she said.

Eddie Van Halen’s surgery forces band to cancel tour

Legendary rock group Van Halen will reschedule a planned tour of Japan after founder and guitarist Eddie Van Halen underwent emergency surgery, the band said Thursday.

The iconic band reunited with original frontman David Lee Roth this year, but had already canceled U.S. dates for the “A Different Kind of Truth” tour, giving no reason and fueling speculation about infighting.

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