"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of battery and resisting arrest.
E! News reported that attorney Robert Shapiro sent an associate to enter Richards' not guilty plea Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court because the former actress and reality star is currently in a residential rehab drug and alcohol program. In response, Deputy District Attorney Leila Tahmassebi made an offer of three years' probation and 30 days in jail or 30 days community labor plus restitution, plus 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
The 50-year-old was arrested in April after causing a disturbance at the Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge. She allegedly refused to come out of the bathroom when police were present and tried to kick an officer in the groin, according to the Los Angeles Times.
She exhibited "slurred speech and belligerent, insolent behavior, cursing at the officers and passively resisted arrest," Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.
She was later charged with public intoxication, battery on an officer and resisting arrest.
Last week, E! News reported Richards will not be returning to RHOBH for the sixth season as a full-time cast member, although she may make cameo appearances. In Season 5 of the series, her co-stars questioned her sobriety and she vehemently denied their claims.
Following the incident at the Polo Lounge, Richards sat down with Dr. Phil while surrounded by three of her children and admitted that she had lied to her co-stars about her alcohol abuse, which she has been battling since the 70s.
“Living through this season on the show, sometimes it’s hard enough to get through it," she said regarding her relapse. "The fans are very hard on me, and I went on [social media] to see what people were saying, and it was just horrible."
She ultimately wound up storming out of the interview when Dr. Phil brought up treatment.
Richards is due in court July 16.
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