After an interview with Dr. Phil in which she walked off set following the realization that she was expected to go to rehab, Kim Richards has gone to rehab. It’s unknown if Dr. Phil is paying for it, although reports suggested that his show would fit the bill. Richards was of course arrested for being drunk and belligerent about 10 days ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. This was after she refused to leave a bathroom at the hotel, and then kicked the officer who tried to arrest her.
Dr. Phil’s interview with Richards will air on Tuesday. Advance details of the taping revealed that Kim was resistant to attending rehab again (her last stay in rehab, reportedly her third, was in 2011) and that she used the excuse that she didn’t want to miss her daughter’s second wedding. We heard that Kim’s arrest makes her an insurance liability and that producers on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were threatening to fire her. That may have been what convinced her to finally go:
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards has entered rehab, PEOPLE has learned.
“Kim went to rehab finally because she got arrested, she humiliated her kids and she wants to avoid jail,” a source tells PEOPLE.
“If the arrest hadn’t happened she wouldn’t be going to rehab; it would be business as usual. She’s in denial that she has a problem.”
The catalyst for her entry into a treatment facility following “increasingly out of it behavior,” as a source close to her family told PEOPLE, was Richards’ arrest on April 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel for public intoxication.
At least Kim is in rehab now, and at least she’s accepted responsibility for the night she was arrested. She’s said that it was her fault and that “none of this would have happened if I didn’t drink.” Kim has previously admitted to being an alcoholic so it’s curious that she’s in denial still. Maybe this stint in rehab will work for her. All we’ve been hearing from her up until now have been excuses, deflections, blaming and denial.
Here’s the preview for Kim’s Dr. Phil interview: