Lisa Vanderpump and Camille Grammer are finally opening up about Kim Richards' recent legal woes. Richards, 51, was arrested Aug. 4 for shoplifting at a San Fernando Valley, California, Target. Until now, none of her castmates -- past or present -- had spoken out about her issues.
According to Us Weekly, Vanderpump, 54, and Grammer, 46, were attending the Hero Dog Awards Benefit Luncheon at PUMP Thursday when they were asked about Richards' situation. Vanderpump told the publication she was "sorry" Richards couldn't attend her event due to her troubles, but added that it was "more important" that Richards stay focused on getting and staying sober. Vanderpump also alluded that Richards' sobriety played a large part in her not being included in the upcoming season of "RHOBH," saying that her health is far more important that reality TV fame. Although the reality TV star and restaurateur appeared to feel for Richards, she said she hadn't spoken to her recently.
"I'm not that close to Kim, obviously I'm closer to Kyle [Richards]. I've heard updates and stuff. But it's a sad situation," she said.
Although Grammer hasn't appeared on the show in several seasons she was still affected by Richards' current state. The former "RHOBH" star said she had not yet reached out to the troubled ex-child star. Grammer said she does "feel bad" and hopes her former co-star is aware that she's got her back, should she need it. She assured Us she would be reaching out to her very soon.
"I mean, I feel bad for Kim. My thoughts and prayers are with her and I support her and I just want her to know I'm here for her if she needs anything," she said.
As previously reported, Richards was arrested Aug. 4 after attempting to leave a store with $600 worth of merchandise. The "RHOBH" veteran was reportedly spotted filling reusable bags with items from the dollar section, including sheets of stickers, lint rollers, makeup cases and bags of snacks. She filled two carts with merchandise and walked close to three feet out of the store before being stopped by a security guard and escorted to a booking room where she was questioned. According to reports, she claimed she could not recall whether or not she had paid for the items.
At the time of her arrest it was believed that Richards was homeless. She was said to be living in her car after over staying her welcome with numerous friends following her exit from rehab earlier this year. TMZ reported that Richards was "self-medicating" as a means of coping. It was not made clear what she was under the influence of.
This marks the second time Richards has been arrested since April 15 when she was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, among other things. Her family is now said to be considering placing her under an involuntary psychiatric hold called a 5150. The hold would leave Richards in the care of medical staff and/or mental health lawyers who could better make decisions about her well being.