Kim Richards Officially Charged in Drunken Hotel Fight
By Emily Krauser
It's official -- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards is facing criminal charges following her arrest at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
On April 16, Richards was taken into custody at 2 a.m. for public intoxication. At the time, the Beverly Hills Police Department said the 50-year-old reality star was acting belligerent and refused to leave the hotel's restaurant.
She reportedly yelled at other bar patrons and locked herself in a bathroom during the drunken stupor. Once she was taken into custody, Richards started kicking a cop in the leg.
Despite checking into rehab following both the incident and her storm-off during an interview with Dr. Phil, The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has charged Richards on three counts of public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.
According to official documents, Richards was "unlawfully in a public place under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a drug, a controlled substance, toluene… in such a condition that [she] was unable to exercise care for [her] own safety and the safety of others." Toluene is a liquid chemical found in solvents and paint thinners.
TMZ reports that if found guilty, Richards could face up to two and a half years in jail, and producers may not ask her back to Real Housewives.
Paris Hilton's aunt has been quiet about the incident -- and in general. Her last Twitter post was on April 14, two days before her arrest.
Even with the time she's putting in at rehab again, these charges just add to the long list of challenges Richards has to face on her road to recovery. Shortly after her last stint in rehab, a 30-day treatment program that ended in January 2012, Richards publicly admitted to being an alcoholic.
"I had so much guilt and shame for my behavior and what I did, and then I drank to cover the guilt and shame and make it go away,” she explained during a RHOBH reunion show on Bravo. "It is a vicious cycle."
Watch the video below to learn more about Richards' April arrest.