TV star en­ters not guilty plea

Kim Richards of ‘Real Housewives of Bev­erly Hills’ faces charges from a ho­tel in­ci­dent in April.

Los Angeles Times - - THE WEATHER - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha@la­times.com The As­so­ci­ated Press was used in com­pil­ing this re­port.

“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.

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THE SHOW has fo­cused on Kim Richards’ battle with al­co­hol abuse.

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