Former countess Luann de Lesseps was arrested in Palm Beach, FL last December after allegedly kicking a police officer. Now, a video of the Real Housewives of New York star’s arrest has surfaced and 52-year-old reality star can be seen threatening to kill the police officer who detained her.
“I’ve done nothing wrong,” Luann can be heard sayin over and over again. When the police officer reaches over a handcuffed Luann in order to buckle her seatbelt, Luann grew irate and became aggressive. “Don’t touch me. I’m gonna kill you. I will continue,” she continues in the video, which was released by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and obtained by the Daily Mail.
Then, with her seatbelt on, Luann positioned her feet outside of the cop car. The police officer had to coax Luann to get her feet back inside the car. “Ma’am, listen to me,” the officer can be heard saying. “I’m gonna hog tie you if you don’t stop. Leave your feet in the vehicle.”
The star was charged with battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence, and threatening a public servant. While recounting the night to People, Luann explained how she ended up intoxicated and in a cop car. After an afternoon of drinking with friends, she returned to her hotel room at the Colony Hotel with an ex-boyfriend. She could not find her room, became disoriented, and ended up in the wrong room. When police arrived on site to tend to the disturbance, the situation only exacerbated.
Shortly after the arrest, Luann sought help at a treatment facility and made the personal decision to refrain from alcohol for the time being. “Everybody around me says, ‘Luann, you’re not an alcoholic.’ I don’t know if I am or not. All I know is that not drinking works for me right now. Will I drink again? I don’t know. I miss good red wine. Not to say that I’ll never have good red wine again,” she said. “Who knows where we’ll all be tomorrow. For today, that’s the choice that I’m making for myself.”
Since making the decision to indefinitely cease drinking, Luann seems to have been making a conscious effort toward having a healthier lifestyle. On Instagram, she can be seen drinking protein shakes, getting in her daily exercise, showing off her fit and toned bikini body, and more.
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As for breaking the news of her arrest with her family, Luann had to grin and bear it for the sake of maintaining those close relationships. “I told my children I did something that I am not proud of, and I asked them to forgive me,” she revealed. “They were like, ‘We don’t care about that. We don’t care about what people think. We know who you are, and we love you and we’re here.’ They were great.”
And even though she has had her fair share of drama with her RHONY co-stars, they were also supportive of her after her arrest. “The Housewives can be really bitchy sometimes, but when push comes to shove and you’re down and you need to be picked up, the ladies were right there for me,” Luann added.