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Daytime talk show host and part-time Miami Beach, Fla., resident Rosie O’Donnell is the target of a lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court by three of her former bodyguards. The men, identified as Steven Rubino, Chris Delia and Ted Van Rijn, filed suit Thursday, alleging that O’Donnell bugged their conversations at her $6.75 million mansion on tony Star Island. The suit also names Kroll Associates Inc., the security company that installed the recording devices, and Bates Dunning & Associates Inc., in West Palm Beach, the company that employed the security guards. Rubino and Van Rijn had worked for O’Donnell for the past three years, Delia for the past two. According to Russell S. Adler of Karmin & Adler in Fort Lauderdale, his clients recently noticed a device, which he says they thought was a smoke detector that had been installed in an area of her house where the men were stationed. He declined to explain how they came to learn that they were being recorded, but said that after they made the discovery last month, they asked about it and then were fired. John Hogan, of Holland & Knight in Miami, who represents O’Donnell, says he provided Adler with a sworn affidavit from Kroll that indicated O’Donnell had no knowledge of the fact that the men were being recorded and that a security person who was hired by Kroll acknowledged he was responsible. “Despite this, they demanded money,” said Hogan. “She said, through me, she would not pay a cent.” The suit alleges violations of Florida statutes that make it a crime to record conversations without another person’s knowledge, as well as common law invasion of privacy. It doesn’t seek specific damages. Last year, O’Donnell and her neighbor Gloria Estefan fired their children’s at-home fitness trainer after he was allegedly caught taking pictures of the kids. The man was caught in the act by Estefan’s security cameras, according to published reports.

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