Kim Richards, the former star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” was arrested Sunday for shoplifting goods from a Target store and had to spend a night in jail, TMZ reported Monday, citing law enforcement officials. Richards had reportedly shoplifted goods worth over $600 from the store in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.
The security guard at the store reportedly caught Richards and held her under a citizen’s arrest until officials from the Los Angeles police department arrived. She was taken to the Van Nuys Community Police Station and later released on a bail of $5,000 Monday afternoon, TMZ reported. The police will hand over the case to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office while prosecutors will decide whether they should press charges, E! Online reported.
This is not the first arrest for Richards. On April 15, she was arrested from Beverly Hills Hotel over a fight in the hotel's Polo Lounge. The Beverly Hills Police received a call from the hotel late in the night about a disturbance, and forcibly removed Richards from the premises. She also reportedly kicked a police officer after she was taken to the station. Richards was criminally charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and battery on an officer.
The 50-year-old checked into a rehab facility for alcohol abuse in Malibu, California, on April 26 and stayed there until her daughter Brooke Brinson’s wedding, for which she was granted a special pass. Richards had agreed to report back on May 25 but she did not do so. She checked into a second facility soon after, where she stayed for a month before checking out on July 14 due to disagreements with staff.
Two weeks ago, Richards told TMZ that she was “loving” her sobriety.
The producers of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” do not plan to have her back on the show for the next season because they believe she would be a liability if she did not get sober prior to filming.