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Luann de Lesseps of ‘Real Housewives’ going to rehab after drunken arrest

Luann de Lesseps' Christmas weekend booking photo. (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press)
Luann de Lesseps' Christmas weekend booking photo. (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press)

“Real Housewives of New York” star Luann de Lesseps says she’s checking herself into rehab for treatment after a drunken arrest Christmas weekend in Palm Beach, Fla.

“After the events of last Saturday night in Palm Beach, I am truly embarrassed,” she wrote Friday in a statement on Instagram, apologizing for her behavior. “I have decided to seek professional guidance and will be voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center. I intend to turn this unfortunate incident into a positive life changing event.”

Police were called to the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach on Saturday night and told an intoxicated woman was trespassing in another person’s room and refused to leave, WPTV reported Sunday.

Before calling police, hotel security tried to get a man and woman out of a room that wasn’t theirs, WPTV said, citing an arrest report. They had entered while housekeeping was doing turn-down service, were in bed together when security showed up and refused to leave, the report said.

The man, who was gone before police arrived, was someone De Lesseps had “previously dated,” her friend Julie Olson told Page Six. The arrest document reportedly said Olson was in the room with De Lesseps when police arrived, but Olson said she had only made it to the hallway after the man came to her in the hotel bar and asked her to help De Lesseps understand she was in the wrong room.

After police arrived, the “RHONY” star allegedly locked herself in a bathroom, according to WPTV; when an officer tried to get her out, De Lesseps allegedly pushed him in the chest and hit him in the forehead with the door.

She allegedly resisted being handcuffed and later slipped out of her cuffs and tried to exit a police car, kicking the door to keep it from closing when she was put back in, WPTV reported. 

De Lesseps was arrested on felony charges of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence and crimes against a person, and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication, according to the Palm Beach Post

An assistant state’s attorney said De Lesseps slammed a door, kicked at least one officer and said, “I’m going to … kill you all,” the Post reported. She was released from jail on her own recognizance around noon on Sunday and allowed to return home to New York. 

Apparently her first trip to Palm Beach since her wedding late last year had “brought up long-buried emotions,” she told CNN in a statement Sunday. De Lesseps and second husband Tom D’Agostino were married in grand style on Dec. 31, 2016, and divorced by October, with drama along the way

De Lesseps’ arrest, which wasn’t filmed, will definitely be a storyline on the upcoming “RHONY” season, an insider told People

She’s due back in a Florida court on Jan. 25.

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