LeAnn Rimes' Ex-Bodyguard Accused Of Extortion

Former employee allegedly threatened to give tabloids stolen photos, videos.

A man formerly working as LeAnn Rimes' bodyguard and personal trainer has been indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury for allegedly attempting to extort $2 million from the singer, the Associated Press reports.

Robert Lavetta Iadevaia Jr., better known as Robert Lavetta, was reportedly fired by Rimes in June after she noticed personal pictures and videotapes were missing.

Rimes' affidavit against Lavetta claims 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's attorney allegedly sought "severance" pay for his client of $2 million.

Lavetta was released on $1,000 bond after pleading not guilty and will begin his trial on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

In an earlier lawsuit filed by Rimes' father against the singer's company, Wilbur Rimes named Lavetta as a bad influence on his daughter and claimed that Lavetta was attempting to charge him $1,000 a day for bodyguard services back when the elder Rimes still managed LeAnn. Wilbur Rimes later discovered that his daughter was already secretly paying Lavetta thousands of dollars to act as her bodyguard, his suit says.

LeAnn Rimes is currently battling her father in court, claiming he and a former co-manager owe her at least $14 million. He's countersuing, seeking an unspecified amount of money owed him as producer of her records (see "LeAnn Rimes' Father Countersues Singer's Management Company").

In March, LeAnn Rimes' lawsuit seeking dissolution of her recording contract with Curb Records was denied. She had filed suit when she turned 18, claiming the contract her parents allowed her to sign with Curb when she was 12 should not be binding (see "LeAnn Rimes Sues Label In Attempt To End Contract").