Source: Kim Richards Is Getting the Help and Support She Needs

by Raphael Chestang 6:35 PM PDT, August 18, 2015
Playing Source: Kim Richards Is Getting the Help and Support She Needs

Kim Richards might be ready to put her tumultuous summer behind her.

A source tells ET that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star "is not in Los Angeles and is getting the help and support she needs and want."

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This follows rumors that her family is thinking of placing her on an involuntary 5150 psychiatric hold. ET broke the news earlier this month that Richards had been placed under citizen's arrest on Aug. 2 for not paying for more than $600 worth of toys at a Target store, after which news reports claimed that Richards' family was considering the 5150 hold, which helped stars like Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes.

Richards has been in and out of rehab this year and spoke to ET in July months after her most recent stint, saying at the time, "I love sobriety."

On Monday, Richards' ex-husband Monty Brinson took to Instagram to defend his ex-wife.

"One day the people that didn't believe in you will tell everyone how they met you," Brinson wrote. "That quote is in honor of @kimrichards11 all I will say at this time besides being best friends, and personally a person who has a great heart is thankful to all her fans and friends for believing in her."

Brinson continued to express confidence in his ex-wife's recovery and also hinted at a possible upcoming project from Richards.

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"Without going into detail 90 per-cent [sic] of what you read is completely false," Brinson wrote. "But for her fans that have stayed with her through this roller coaster will see her very soon at what she's done best all her life since the age of 4. I'm excited for her. And personally I would like to thank everyone who stood by her through this rough time. Remember everyone in life goes through a rough time one way or another. I always say know the facts before being judgmental #life #love #heart #thankful #blessed #rhobh #friends #family #heart."

Richards and Brinson split in 1988 after three years of marriage but have remained close. They share a 29-year-old daughter together, Brooke.