Thursday, August 30, 2018

Report: Luann de Lesseps Avoids Jail Time As Judge Approves Plea Deal!

It's been confirmed via PEOPLE that a Florida judge has officially approved the plea deal that Luann de Lesseps struck in July in which she pleaded guilty to three charges: battery, trespassing and disorderly intoxication. As a part of the deal, the Real Housewives of New York City star will avoid jail time.

Luann will be placed on a one-year probation and is required to perform 50 hours of community service; attend two AA meetings per week; not posses or consume alcohol or illegal drugs and attend a Victim Impact Class organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Additionally, de Lesseps was required to write an apology letter to Deputy Steven O’Leary, which she already completed.

As previously reported, Luann was charged in January with the felony of resisting an officer with violence, as well as misdemeanor charges of trespassing and disorderly intoxication, stemming from her arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, on Christmas Eve. She was released on her own recognizance 10 hours later and pleaded not guilty on Dec. 29. Back in May, de Lesseps accepted a plea deal.

Last month, de Lesseps skipped on filming the Season 10 reunion of RHONY as she checked back into rehab. Andy Cohen addressed the matter on his Sirium XM radio show, Radio Andy Live. “[Luann is] making the decision that is healthy for herself and you can do nothing but support that,” Andy said, according to Us Weekly. “She’s been through it. We send our love to Luann and support our decision.”

A Bravo spokesperson also confirmed Luann's return to rehab: “Bravo supports Luann’s decision to focus on her health. She is part of the Bravo family and we continue to stand by her as she copes with this challenging situation. At this time, we hope everyone will respect her privacy.”

Luann's co-star Bethenny Frankel has also shown her support. The Skinnygirl mogul, whom Luann authorized to speak on her behalf, also spoke about her friend to PEOPLE. “This weekend, Luann was surrounded by her girlfriends and decided — with their support — that in light of recent circumstances, it is the healthiest choice for her not to attend Tuesday’s reunion taping so that she can continue in her healing process,” Bethenny said. “Luann is now surrounded by a core group of people who truly have her best interests at heart and who are working to make sure she gets the help she needs.”

“Recent additional family stress was a catalyst to her taking a break,” Frankel says.

Luann decision to return to rehab comes days after it was reported that her first ex-husband, Alexandre de Lesseps, her daughter, Victoria de Lesseps, and son, Noel de Lesseps, filed a lawsuit against her over an $8 million house sale. According to court documents, she breached a stipulation of settlement in her divorce by failing to create a trust “for the benefit of her two children.”

A source told Us Weekly that de Lesseps “went to treatment to deal with her emotional trauma from her marriages and using alcohol as a coping mechanism” and that she “thinks she can add drinking slowly back into her life once she feels healed.”

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