TV star enters not guilty plea
Kim Richards of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ faces charges from a hotel incident in April.
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards pleaded not guilty Thursday to three misdemeanor charges, including battery on an officer, after, police say, she refused to leave a hotel bathroom and tried to kick an officer in the groin.
Richards also faces one misdemeanor count each of resisting arrest and public intoxication after the April 16 incident at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
An attorney entered the plea on Richards’ behalf during a hearing in L.A.
The former “Little House on the Prairie” actress, 50, caused a disturbance and was bothering patrons, Beverly Hills Police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.
She appeared to be drunk, so security tried to escort her out of the restaurant, he said. Before leaving, she asked to use the restroom and then refused to come out, police said.
Richards exhibited “slurred speech and belligerent, insolent behavior, curs- ing at the officers, and passively resisted arrest,” Hoshino said. Police had to pull her out of the restroom.
While she was being booked, Richards tried to kick a male officer in the groin, but the kick landed on his leg, Hoshino said.
According to E! News, Richards is in rehab. Richards’ battle with alcohol abuse has been an ongoing subject on the reality show.
If convicted on all the charges, she could face up to two years and six months in prison.
THE SHOW has focused on Kim Richards’ battle with alcohol abuse.