Kim Richards, one of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” pleaded not guilty today to a trio of misdemeanor charges, including public intoxication, stemming from her arrest at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Richards, 50, was arrested around 2 a.m. April 16 after she allegedly refused to leave the hotel’s Polo Lounge. She was charged May 11 with misdemeanor counts of public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.
Richards entered her plea through an attorney. A July 16 pretrial hearing was set for the former child star, who faces up to 2 1/2 years behind bars if convicted.
According to various entertainment-media reports, Richards reentered an alcohol-rehabilitation program last week. Her struggles with alcohol have been a recurring topic on “Real Housewives.”
According to Beverly Hills police, officers went to the Polo Lounge in response to a report about a fight. Police said hotel security had repeatedly asked Richards to leave the property, but she went into a restroom and refused to come out.
“Ms. Richards was displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication, including slurred speech and belligerent insolent behavior, (and) cursing at the officers, and (she) passively resisted arrest,” Beverly Hills police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.
After she was taken to the Beverly Hills police station for booking, “Richards kicked one of the officers in the leg,” Hoshino said.
Richards credits as a child actress include the TV series “Nanny and the Professor” and “James at 16” and the Disney movie “Escape to Witch Mountain.”
—City News Service
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