A California judge ruled Monday that former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards won’t have to serve jail time for an April incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel. However, the 50-year-old reality star will be carrying the weight of her actions for a long time to come.
According to TMZ, Richards was offered a deal by prosecutors in court on Aug. 31, which her lawyer accepted on her behalf. The deal will see her serve three years' probation, attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous classes and work 30 days of community labor. Although Richards wasn’t in court to accept the deal, her lawyer accepted under the condition that “community labor” be changed to “community service” as she is incapable, her lawyer said, of doing labor due to a pre-existing foot injury. The court needs to see medical proof of the injury before it acquiesces to the request, but the broad strokes of the deal are expected to remain the same.
Richards was arrested in April at the Beverly Hills Hotel where, according to "Entertainment Tonight," the four-time rehab attendee (three at the time of her arrest) was belligerently drunk and refused to leave the hotel’s restaurant. She locked herself in the bathroom and was taken into custody by police. While escorting her out, the outlet reports that she kicked one of the officers in the leg. Richards was arrested on charges of public intoxication, trespassing, resisting arrest and battery of a police officer.
It’s been a tough year for the “Real Housewives” star as this was the first of two arrests for her. As previously reported, in August she was arrested for allegedly shoplifting three shopping carts' worth of children’s items from a Target store. She was about 3 feet out the door when she was stopped by security.
Following the arrest, Richards was briefly hospitalized by her family. However, she was released very soon after. It’s unclear why she didn’t appear in court Monday, but E! Online recently reported that her family is concerned about her sobriety and weren’t happy that she decided to leave the program early during her last stint in rehab.