Real Housewives star arrested for battery of police officer but released without bond by judge
‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ star Luann de Lesseps was arrested by police in Florida on Christmas Eve. The 52-year-old was arrested on several charges including battery of an officer and disorderly intoxication.
De Lesseps is alleged to have kicked a police officer while intoxicated, stating, “I’m going to kill you all,” according to testimony the assistant state attorney gave in court.
A judge released de Lesseps without bond. She is due back in court on 25 January 2018.
According to jail records from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the singer was also charged with resisting arrest with violence. She was also charged with corruption by threat against a public servant.
Anger has been widespread on social media at the ‘double standards’ and ‘white privilege this case shows’. The US has long been accused of treating black offenders and suspects in a more brutal manner than that shown to De Lesseps.
“Perhaps if Sandra Bland was white, she would still be here. The white privilege that this case shows is stunning. De Lesseps said ‘I’m going to kill you all’”, @David_Tin tweeted.
The “Money Can’t Buy You Class” singer said: “I want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone I might have offended with my behaviour”. De Lesseps released a statement issued through her agent after.
“This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding and being there brought up long-buried emotions. I am committed to [a] transformative and hopeful 2018”.
De Lesseps, known as “The Countess” on the Bravo hit reality series, ended her seven-month marriage to businessman Tom D’Agostino Jr. in August 2017. The couple’s short-lived and riotous relationship was featured on the reality show.
De Lesseps was previously married to Count Alexandre de Lesseps; that marriage netted her the title of Countess.