She’s still got some thoughts about how she was treated during her 2018 Palm Beach arrest. Real Housewives of New York star Countess Luann de Lesseps spoke with In Touch exclusively about the circumstances surrounding her bombshell apprehension — and it looks like the 54-year-old feels the incident “absolutely” had tinges of bullying tied to it.

“I care deeply about STOMP Out Bullying and I care deeply about The Fortune Society, and I feel like it can happen to anybody and you know helping women get their lives back after something happens like that and having been there and done it, I feel for them and I really want to help women who for the most part are incarcerated for non-violent crimes,” the RHONY OG explained while hosting a comedy show at Slate NYC to benefit STOMP Out Bullying Campaign with Chanel Omari.

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In fact, the countess connects more with the cause than one would think. “I mean I got arrested for being drunk in my own hotel,” she said, before calling the incident “absolutely” a form of bullying. “Wouldn’t you [call it that]?”

As far as whether or not her disorderly conduct and battery on an officer charges were escalated because of her status as a Bravo TV housewife, she can’t be entirely sure. “Who knows,” she mused, before adding, “I just know that the police officer that arrested me got arrested. He’s in jail for making false arrests.”

But listen. Before you get excited, just know our girl Lu isn’t the vindictive type — possible targeted arrest or not. “You know, I don’t really wish revenge on anybody. I think things happen for a reason and for me, getting off probation and having this happen is vindicating in a certain way,” she revealed. “But I do take the responsibility of not acting the right way in front of a policeman, absolutely, but I think it was handled very — it could’ve been handled better or differently.”


At the end of the day, though, the brunette beauty is glad to be done with the entire ordeal, though she knows her part in it. “It’s in the past. It’s in the past,” she told IT. “I hold myself accountable.”

So how does the NYC native stay zen post-arrest and rehab? She’s got it down to a science. “You know I get out to the country as much as I can. I do Yoga. I’m with my family which grounds me,” she explained. “Just doing healthy things, you know. And not putting myself in places where I shouldn’t be. I stay home a lot!” It sounds like she’s on a great path!

Reporting by Diana Cooper

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