LeAnn Rimes' Twitter Detractors Respond to Lawsuit: It's Not an Invasion of Privacy, Nor Was Tape Edited (EXCLUSIVE)

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LeAnn Rimes' Detractors Respond
After news surfaced Thursday that LeAnn Rimes' legal team filed a lawsuit against individuals that they call a group of Twitter cyber-bullies, several of Rimes' detractors are firing back with a demand of a clear recitation of the facts.

Kelly Mahan Jaramillo, a film scorer with prominent Hollywood credits, used Celebuzz's comment board late Thursday to respond to the lawsuit -- and listed the name of her talent agency, Burbank, Calif.'s Gorfaine/Schwartz, as the possible source for a defending attorney.

What do the Tweeters say about Rimes?

Rimes' suit focuses on two individuals -- Kimberly Smiley and Lexi Smiley -- alleging the women are supporters of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, the ex-wife of Rimes' current husband, Eddie Cibrian.

The audio tape of Rimes and a Twitter detractor, recorded recently, is undoctored, Jaramillo says -- while Rimes' attorney in L.A., Larry Stein, bases his case on that there was a tape recorded at all, without Rimes' consent -- even as a public figure.

"Mr. Stein,­ if you and your client feel that the bullying of Leann has sent her to rehab, and the taping of her calling Kimberly Smiley is grounds for a lawsuit," Jaramillo wrote.

"Please call experts in the field of audio editing for testimony, rather than making ridiculous and unfounded claims to an online tabloid."

Jaramillo's film credits are quite lofty -- including Steven Spielberg's films The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan.

The ties between Jaramillo, who goes by the Twitter handle @KellyMJara, and the group of Twitter harassers, as Rimes calls them, are unclear.

"According to you, the call that YOU made to @8smileys did not exist," Jaramillo wrote on the Celebuzz comment board, apparently directed at Rimes.

"Now, this 'non-existent' call has been 'edited.' Your poor [lawyer] Mr. Stein is eating Tums for breakfast, lunch and dinner over that glaring discrepancy alone."

She added, "We are ready and willing to go to court to prove there is not one single edit in either the 'snippet' OR the full 20-minute tape ... I gave Mr. Stein our information so that he could contact us when he was preparing his lawsuit to prove that LeAnn Rimes has been the victim of bullying and illegal activity."

Stein's case is based on wire-tapping -- not on the authenticity of the tape.

He told Celebuzz, "It's a violation of criminal law to tape someone. At some point you have to stamp your foot -- and say enough is enough. I think that's the point LeAnn has come to."

Stein noted he could pursue several options, including false light -- but ultimately decided only on invasion of privacy.

The Tweeters hit to -- where else -- Twitter Thursday, both before and after news of the lawsuit was filed.

@EileenYover -- who describes herself as "a proud member of the Brandi Bunch" -- wrote Thursday: "Being accused of putting someone in "Anxiety Rehab" Now THAT'S a first! lol."

The Celebuzz comment board also lit up with comments going every which way. This is a sampling of some of the messages that were posted Thursday:

JoBlo: "Here’s a tip, LeAnn: STAY OFF TWITTER AND FACEBOOK! It is possible to live a happy life without social media. If you can’t, you have bigger problems than your haters, who are obviously disturbed. Why would you want to interact with them at all? Just say no to social media!"

BustedBs: "I implore you to stop caring about this silly celebrity and lead a productive life. Surely someone needs you. Life can be taken away tomorrow. People like LeAnn do themselves in, all by themselves. I’m very concerned about people wasting their lives as such. It is cyberbullying. Doesn’t make you look good at all."

Susie Collins: "There are two sides to every story. Instead of trying to play LeAnn as the victim, you should have contacted the Twitter girls you mention in the above article. If you did, you would have found out that they started following her and commenting on her AFTER they witnessed Leann and her twitter followers bashing and harassing Brandi. There are screen shots of LeAnn laughing and encouraging her followers to say vile nasty things to the mother of her step children after she is the one who broke up the family. LeAnn Rimes is NOT THE VICTIM. Sad that you are so intent to get on her good side, that you didn't research the story."

Erin: "Kelly Jaramillo – and your ilk – move on. Find something productive to do with your life. I’m wasting my last three minutes at work. Apparently you’re dedicating your entire life to inserting yourself into the lives of total strangers. Odd. Really, disturbingly odd."

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 Gee Gee: "LeAnn Rimes is not the victim of bullying, she is using the “nervous brake down and anxiety” in order to take the attention away from the fact that she was caught red handle. She was recorded talking garbage about Brandi, Eddie’s ex-wife. She is using the rehab story to deflect from the real story. No one is harassing LeAnn, but LeAnn has harassed Brandi and has had her fans harass Brandi and Brandi’s supporters. It is all documented -- ALL OF IT LeAnn, you know your time has come and now you want to use the 'going into rehab because I have been bullied and harassed' is all lies!!"

Heather: "LeAnn seeks people out to argue with on Twitter, including people who are only complimenting Brandy. I know it sounds crazy, but, I have seen this happen."

What do you think will happen with this case? Do you believe LeAnn or the Tweeters?

 

Discuss

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  • Brittnilea
    Brittnilea

    Shut up BustedBs. You are one of the grossest bullies around.

  • Brittnilea
    Brittnilea

    Aren't you "gross BustedBs"?

  • gwin
    gwin

    Aren't you "gross gwen"?

  • Crystal
    Crystal

    The only person who comes across as petty, small and unstable is LeAnn. She's the one who called Kimberly Smiley to berate and bully her. She is also one of those people who troll and cyberbullying on the internet, she has trashed Brandi online and encourages her followers to harrass Brandi and twitter users who don't like her. LeAnn is not innocent at all.

  • FRAUD
    FRAUD

    Just a warning the person posting as BUSTEDB's and GWIN is on Celebrity Bitchy making posts as Little Darling!

  • gwin
    gwin

    Shut up gwen. You are one of the grossest bullies around.

  • gross
    gross

    So Leann is still sending you here to do damage control!

  • gross
    gross

    Shouldn't you practice what you preach? You are telling people not to judge Leann, yet here you are sitting in judgement because someone dared to call you on your hypocrisy. You tell people to get a life, yet look at how many posts that you have made on this site? You want people who "bully" Leann to face consequences for their actions, yet where are the consequeces for what Leann is sending you here to do? How mental do you think you are coming across? So let me get this straight, you have NEVER talked to Leann or followed her on twitter, yet here you are making posts like the one you made at 2 pm? Does that make any sense? We know for a fact that Leann sends her fans to sites like this to do her dirty work.

  • guest
    guest

    I listened to the taped conversation in full. Smiley didn't seem petty to me at all. All she was doing was calling Leann out on her behavior and pointing out the consequences and Leann just couldn't defend her own actions as they are indefensible. All she could do was claim ignorance when it came to her own fan's bullying of Brandi yet there is proof that she was totally aware of it and cheered them on from the sidelines. Really, the whole conversation seemed to be about Leann trying to convince Smiley she is a good person but Smiley wasn't falling for it.

  • maddaddam
    maddaddam

    You seem somewhat unstable to me. I'm not a fan of Rimes which either puts me at a disadvantage of being out the loop of all the dramaz ins and outs or someone with the benefit of actual perspective. This story is now international and all coverage seems to be favouring her interpretation. I find it interesting and possibly indicative of your sense of self-delusion that you would expect this or any other outlet to want or even need to seek your own. No one will care who did what to start what. Everything is appearance. What it appears is that you're a bunch of bitchy - and, in your case, menopausal - women out to victimize some young, successful celebrity. You might claim she did this or she did that but that's missing the point. The press are only concerned with what works as the best spin for readership. Do you really think you'd make an attractive story? What is your story? That you were 'supporting' some celebrity you don't even know by targeting another 'celebrity' you don't even know? You're a troll. And now you're a busted troll who seems to think they're a celebrity, too. Very amusing. No one cares about you, your posts on websites, or screencaps. Do you understand how the legal system works? She's gone into therapy. Very funny as well. Until you realise her attorney's advised it. Because, you know, that's the kind of thing courts look for. Evidence of harm. But, yeah, you keep posting on here and submitting corrections. Like I say, you're a busted troll and you've apparently missed the most important point of all - trolls are a big thing in the news now. Online bullying. Targeting celebrities, driving them off the internet. Going after kids, getting them to hang themselves. Like I say, do you really think you're going to make an attractive story? Congratulations. You're officially the biggest and stupidest lolcow on the internet yet.

  • Kelly Mahan Jaramillo
    Kelly Mahan Jaramillo

    Hey, kids. I have never commented on this site until now. I commented once on Celebitchy, and as I recall, it was not concerning Leann Rimes. My usual one-liners are on my favorite writer, who has her facts straight, Amy Grindhouse. Because I can comment on A.G. without having to spend a disproportionate amount of time mildly correcting facts. Refreshing, to say the least.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer

    Please find something better to do with your life than to engage in conspiracy theories regarding people you do not even know. Mental illness is being displayed in the fact that you think everyone is in some way associated with LeAnn Rimes. I don't follow LeAnn on Twitter and have never talked to her there either. I never even sought LeAnn's twitter out until I saw people posting terrible things to her linked to Brandi's Twitter account. My hope is that every one of the people bullying LeAnn/stalking/harassing her face the consequences for doing that. That might mean that others doing the same thing might face consequences for their actions too. Bullying others, online or otherwise, is WRONG. Live your own life and stop concerning yourself with the lives of others; especially celebrities that you obviously dislike. Have a nice day--

  • BustedBs
    BustedBs

    This. This is psychotic speak. Listen to yourself. Get a grip on yourself and snap out of it!

  • BustedBs
    BustedBs

    I'm happy that Kimberly Smiley has been outed for being so petty and small because you never want such a person interacting with young minds. She is obviously unstable and could snap and torment the children under her charge. How she chooses to behave with her own daughter is sad but really none of our business. She shouldn't partake in this behavior, especially since she is in her 40s. Too bad LeAnn isn't wise enough to know that grown adults who troll and cyberbully on the internet ALWAYS are deeply troubled souls but Rimes isn't completely innocent either. Well, now she knows the rule that you never mess with people who have nothing to lose. Armed with this knowledge, it is probably the most valuable birthday gift she has ever acquired.

  • gross
    gross

    Because it's obvious that you are one of Leann's avid twitter fans who Leann speaks to on a daily basis and that despite claiming that she is the victim, Leann is sending people here to Celebuzz to do her dirty work. Perhaps you should tell your buddy Leann to stop putting her personal life on public forums, instead of telling her what a great bonus mother she is. I notice that your comment about not liking Brandi because of RHOBH is the very same thing that Guiliana Rancic said. So thanks for once again proving that Leann is telling her fans and friends what to say. How can Leann claim that she the victim in all of this when she keeps having her fans do things like this. Just check out who Leann tweets with on a regular basis!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer

    I have to say that I agree with this comment: Erin: “Kelly Jaramillo – and your ilk – move on. Find something productive to do with your life. I’m wasting my last three minutes at work. Apparently you’re dedicating your entire life to inserting yourself into the lives of total strangers. Odd. Really, disturbingly odd.” These people are very sick indeed. I used to watch RHOBH and liked Brandi. However; I started following her on Twitter and noticed that her fans were always trashing LeAnn there. Between that and Brandi's own disgusting and inappropriate behavior; I stopped watching the show and stopped following her on Twitter. Yes; someone can be blocked and have their page private and still harass another person on Twitter. I am not a famous person, but I have had people do the same thing to me and it is sickening! Even last night I noticed that these people were still posting hateful vile tweets left and right about LeAnn Rimes. None of us know her personally, but these people seem to think they do have a relationship with her. That is why they are devoting so much time to harassing her. Twitter is all about tweeting about yourself. Reason dictates that if you don't like someone; you don't go to their Twitter and you don't tweet about them. You go on with your life and ignore them. Something is wrong with these people that they can not do that. These people have inserted themselves into LeAnn's life. It isn't our business to critique her actions or marriage. She is responsible for her own actions and has to live with those every day. It isn't our place to judge LeAnn, but I notice that these people are constantly trashing her while Eddie is portrayed as an angel. Newsflash: he cheated too and you can't steal away someone who is bonded to another person happily! The bottom line is that you can't tape someone without their knowledge in many states. The fact that LeAnn called these people and attempted to put an end to their comments about her speaks of someone reasonable trying to move past whatever hang-ups these people have by reasoning with them. Obviously; that didn't work, but it was good faith to try. As someone who has had people bully me online I think it is time for these kind of people to be held accountable for their actions and know that this behavior will not be without severe legal consequences. People do this because they think they can hide in their house behind their computer and get away with it.

  • labellagp
    labellagp

    The fact that these women seem to be spending precious time concerning themselves with the lives of people they don't even know is kind of sad. LeAnn should probbly stay off twitter, but why would anyone go from reading a story about a celeb in a magazine to forming these fake twitter allegiances and battles. It's rather pathetic on both sides to be honest. Don't you ladies have children, lives, families, REAL friends, responsibiltiites, bills, etc. etc. etc. What is this world coming to?

  • Kelly Mahan Jaramillo
    Kelly Mahan Jaramillo

    I would like to clear up one small mistake here. I am not a composer, or "film scorer" as you called it. I was an assistant editor in picture, sound and music for my whole working life, my last eight years in the studio system as the assistant to music editor Ken Wannberg and composer John Williams. Ten years ago I struck out on my own, and am a "score co-producer" for small, independent films. As flattering as it is, I am not a well known "film scorer" - but that was fun to read this morning!

  • gross
    gross

    Seeing how Leann had one of her fans from twitter sending information to this site about Brandi so that this site could write negative stories about Brandi, everyone believes the tweeters. You are still allowing Leann to get off easy. How come there was no mention of the WEWENLOVE twitter account or the fact the phone call took place the same week that Leann and Eddie were receiving backlash for what they did on the balcony while on vacation with the kids? Celebuzz is just too close to Leann and are not being objective.

  • Zorbitor
    Zorbitor

    related to Slade Smiley ???

  • Zorbitor
    Zorbitor

    Remember Oksana??? Mel gave great phone! Are any of these Smileys