Kim Richards gets probation after pleading ‘no contest’ to resisting arrest

15 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Real Housewives’ star Kim Richards sentenced for resisting arrest.

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards pleaded no contest Monday to charges stemming from a run-in with police at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills. Kim Richards was hoping that she’d get off light with office work or some other simple community service after she had to face her recent unfortunate drunken escapades. After pleading no contest to one count misdemeanor of resisting arrest, Richards, 50, was immediately sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to serve 30 days of community labor, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. But we’re learning now that an El Lay judge didn’t see eye to eye with the former Real Housewives star over punishment — and she’ll be doing more manual labor than she bargained for!!

Richards, an actress who as a child starred in 1975’s Escape to Witch Mountain, did not attend the hearing but entered the plea through her attorney, Sara Caplan. Richards, 50, previously balked at the idea of hard labor — such as freeway trash collection — and tried to get community service instead under the no-jail deal. The conviction came a week before the case was scheduled for trial and the same morning TMZ.com posted a distressing photo of Richards allegedly trying to score the prescription drug Xanax from a Los Angeles smoke shop. The plea deal struck with prosecutors allows Richards — who was also facing misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and battery on a peace officer at the Beverly Hills Hotel — to avoid any additional jail time. Her lawyer Sara Caplan appeared on her behalf in a Van Nuys courtroom last week and asked the judge for more time to review evidence and conduct investigative work in the Target case.

Richards, whose struggle with sobriety has been documented on the Bravo series, was arrested again on Aug. 2 and jailed overnight on suspicion of shoplifting $600 in merchandise from a Target store in Van Nuys. Richards appeared to be out again last week when she returned to Twitter with a Labor Day message and claimed she was sober in one exchange with a follower. The child actress who starred in Disney’s 1975 flick “Escape to Witch Mountain” entered rehab on the heels of her Beverly Hills arrest but left in May to attend her daughter Brooke’s wedding in Mexico. She reportedly remains estranged from her younger sister Kyle Richards — one of her “Real Housewives” co-stars — and is not returning for the next season of the hit Bravo show. “I’m sorry that Kim’s not here because of the situation … but I think that her sobriety is more important that any reality show,” co-star Lisa Vanderpump told People.com last month.

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