Kim Richards Arrested for Shoplifting

Olivia Jakiel
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UPDATE: According to TMZ, she was caught trying to steal $600 worth of goods from Target.

Uh oh…

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was arrested yesterday in Van Nuys and spent the night in jail.


According to ET, she was released on $5,000 bail earlier this evening.


Richards' ex-husband told ET, "I couldn't imagine Kim stealing or shoplifting anything. She is a giver. I am in complete shock. Guaranteed this must be some kind of mistake, and the facts will come out soon. She was arrested for shoplifting toys in a cart, but this was a clear misunderstanding. This was not alcohol or drug related."

However, this comes as a surprise given the struggles with sobriety the reality star has faced recently.


She completed a stint in rehab after being arrested in April outside of the Beverly Hills Hotel following a certain incident.

The 50 year-old told ET in an exclusive interview earlier this year: "I love sobriety. I've always loved sobriety and relapsing was very hard for me. It was not easy. I have to say, don't take this wrong, but I really wanted to go treatment because I needed a break from what I was going through at home."


She reportedly cited stress for the relapse, saying her family was doing not well and she was no longer speaking to sister Kyle Richards.


At the time of the interview, Richards was apparently sober for more than a month and going strong. She told ET’s Nichelle that her "a-ha" moment that led her to seek treatment was that arrest: "My arrest was my 'a-ha I get to go away now and rest and take a break from all this.' "

We hope the reality star hasn’t relapsed again. We’ll update as we find out more information.

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