Kyle Richards has finally broken her social media silence following her sister Kim Richards' arrest Sunday. The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star has been tight-lipped about her troubled sibling in the last few months as she continues to publicly struggle with legal troubles and her sobriety. Just four days after Kim's most recent incident, it appears Kyle, 46, has a message for anyone trying to judge her or her family.
The reality TV star shared a cryptic Instagram post Wednesday which many followers assumed was about her sister Kim, 51. The photo featured a lengthy quote, which asked outsiders to "judge tenderly" and suggested there was more to the story than anyone may know. Kyle did not include a caption with the photo, but her message seems loud and clear.
The post comes amid reports that Kim's family is considering placing her under a 5150 psychiatric hold. The hold is involuntary and would leave her with no choice but to get treated and stay in the facility until she is well enough to live on her own, according to Entertainment Tonight. The 5150 would leave Kim in the very capable hands of doctors or mental health lawyers who would be able to make the best choices regarding her treatment and well-being.
TMZ broke the story that Kim was arrested on Aug. 2 at a San Fernando, California, Target. The former "RHOBH" star was stopped by a security guard working at the store as she allegedly attempted to leave with more than 50 items -- worth a whopping $600 -- in her cart. The gentleman placed Kim under citizen's arrest and waited for authorities to arrive. She was taken to Van Nuys Community Police Station and held overnight. Kim was eventually released after producing the $5,000 bond. It is unclear whether or not she will be criminally charged.
To make matters worse it has been reported that, at the time of her arrest, Kim was living in her car. The former child star apparently found herself without a place to live after leaving rehab July 14. She is said to have stayed with several friends until she was no longer welcome in their homes, forcing her to begin living out of her vehicle. It is also being reported that she is "self-medicating," though it remains unclear what substances she may be under the influence of.
Despite these claims Kim has maintained that she is in fact sober and "loving" it. On July 20 she was spotted out in Beverly Hills where she told photogs everything was "going great" and she was "doing well." Three days later, during her first post-rehab interview, she said that relapsing had been hard for her and blamed it on the stress of caring for her sick ex-husband, Monty Brinson, and son, Chad Davis, who had also fallen ill.