In case you’ve been caught unawares this morning and have no idea what I’m on about, Kim Smiley is the name of the California-based schoolteacher that’s partially responsible for LeAnn Rimes‘ check-in to a treatment facility for Twitter-related compulsions. And general looniness.
After Twitter (and telephone) conversations were leaked to the media, presumably by Smiley herself, LeAnn not only went to rehab, but she began the proceedings for a nice, hefty lawsuit against Smiley for defamation and recording private conversations (which, suffice it to say, is still an illegal thing, last I checked).
Now that you’re updated, here’s the deal, from Radar Online:
In an impassioned new interview, Kim Smiley said she had thought about the possibility of trying to settle the lawsuit and then rejected the idea.
“My husband and I talked (about settling the suit) and we both feel that it’s important to clear our names. If it was just about recording the call, that’d be different, but she’s claiming harassment, and that I caused her to go to ‘rehab,'” Smiley told Radar exclusively.
What’s more, Rimes will be in for some unpleasant surprises in litigation, claims Smiley who adds that one high-powered lawyer she spoke to said that Rimes “has no case, as did all of the other attorneys I spoke with. They said she’s not going to like or want what’s going to come out.”
But Rimes is not at all concerned about that, a source close to her told Radar. “She’s obviously decided to go ahead with the lawsuit and if she was worried about what was going to come out she wouldn’t have filed the lawsuit.”
“Her actions, beyond the affair (with Cibrian), have created all of the negativity & she will have to accept that at some point, or start ignoring it all.”
But the source close to Rimes point out other negative comments about LeAnn do not provide justification for more.
Smiley still has not retained a lawyer and was granted a two week extension by Rimes’ powerhouse attorney Larry Stein. Smiley was reacting to Radar questions asking if she would consider settling this suit. No settlement has been offered.
Despite the fact that she is struggling to raise funds to fight the lawsuit, Smiley is incensed by Rimes’ actions.
“I think that she is using her status and money to try and shut us up,” Smiley told Radar. “She knew about the recording in March, she could’ve sent a cease and desist (letter), but instead she chose to plan a ‘rehab’ stunt and lawsuit, a day after celebrating her birthday for an entire month.
“She gave exclusives of her birthday party to People magazine. She didn’t seem stressed. She saw this as an opportunity to get those who she thinks are close to Brandi. Funny thing, I’ve never talked to Brandi, never DMd (direct messaged), never texted, emailed (or sent a) FB message, smoke signals….nothing.”
Asked if the narrow scope of the lawsuit, focusing on the allegedly taped phone call concerned her, Smiley told Radar it did not.
“It (the suit) also alleges harassment and conspiring! She had NO expectation of privacy calling me from a restaurant in Malibu Country Mart with two Twitter friends listening,” Smiley said.
But the source in Rimes’ camp says that simply is not true and points out that lawsuit is for only two things: invasion of privacy and recording a phone call without Rimes’ consent.
“It’s funny that her rep said it was absurd (to allege) that she kept a list of enemies, yet she knew very private details about my life, she chose to call me, and she’s randomly tweeted me,” Smiley told Radar.
“She had (name withheld) follow me and send her all of my tweets, DMs, and texts that I sent (name withheld) at first.” That person told Rimes she would no longer continue to do that at some point, Smiley says. Ericka said she told her no after a while.
And whose idea was the phone call that led to the lawsuit? Was it LeAnn’s or the Twitter pals who were with her?
“I believe it was LeAnn’s idea,” Smiley said. “She thought I’d be ‘charmed’ by her and just come ‘hang with her!’ She never expected I’d stand my ground. In fact (name withheld) said, she said ‘I wouldn’t have called her if you told me she would say those things!’ (Name withheld) said she was mad and even crying at one point.”
So. Are you wondering what LeAnn’s been up to, then, lately? Well, her grandmother died over the last few days, which is always sad news. And also, guys, she’s “so proud” of the cheese, apple, and mustard breakfast sandwiches that she made yesterday morning, so there’s that.