Rimes’ Ex-Bodyguard Agrees to Probation

LeAnn Rimes’ lawsuit against her former bodyguard and personal trainer has been resolved. Robert Lavetta was indicted in September by a federal grand jury for allegedly attempting to extort $2 million and a luxury car from Rimes. He reportedly was fired by Rimes in June after she noticed personal pictures and videotapes were missing. Rimes’ affidavit against Lavetta claimed he told one of her co-managers that he had taken photographs and tapes and that he threatened to sell them to tabloid publications if he was not paid. Lavetta has agreed to an 18-month probation program in a deal with prosecutors in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. Details of the agreement were placed under seal. Last week, Rimes dropped her lawsuit against Curb Records and re-negotiated a new contract with the label. The singer still has a lawsuit pending against her father, who was formerly her manager and producer. Rimes accuses him and a former co-manager of stealing at least $14 million in earnings. 12/04/01