Luann de Lesseps Apologizes After Arrest: Being in Palm Beach 'Brought Up Long-Buried Emotions'

Luann de Lesseps was arrested in the early morning hours of Sunday after reportedly attacking a police officer in Florida

Luann de Lesseps was arrested in the early morning hours on Sunday after reportedly attacking a police officer in Palm Beach — nearly a year after she wed now-ex Tom D’Agostino in the Florida destination.

The Real Housewives of New York City star, 52, was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, resisting arrest with violence and threatening a public servant, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

An assistant state’s attorney told the Palm Beach Post that de Lesseps slammed a door and kicked at least one police officer. She also reportedly told people, “I’m going to kill you all,” before her arrest.

“This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding, and being here brought up long-buried emotions,” de Lesseps told PEOPLE in a statement. “I want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone I might have offended with my behavior. I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018.”

The reality star was released on her own recognizance Sunday, according to the Palm Beach Post, and Judge Ted Booras said she would be allowed to return to her home state of New York. However, he warned her not to ignore the charges against her. “I don’t think it would be that hard to find you,” he said.

She is due back in court on Jan. 25, 2018.

The office of the State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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In an Instagram story posted on Saturday, de Lesseps narrated as a female friend held up dresses. Said de Lesseps, “Getting ready for pre-Christmas Eve.”

A source tells PEOPLE “Luann was out with a girlfriend at the Colony Hotel where she had her wedding brunch just a year ago — it was the first time she had been back to Palm Beach since the wedding.”

“Memories from that day came flooding back, she was emotional and her behavior was out of character,” adds the source.

It’s been a tumultuous year for de Lesseps.

After nearly eight months of marriage, de Lesseps announced in early August that she and Tom D’Agostino were divorcing. They wed in a lavish, three-day wedding in Palm Beach last year over New Year’s weekend.

A source close to the Housewives previously told PEOPLE that de Lesseps had “hesitations” and “reservations” before their nuptials — “she had confided in friends that she knew something was up and that it didn’t gel — but she had to put on a good face to avoid embarrassment.”

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One cause of well-documented friction between Tom and his bride? The former lifelong bachelor’s previous alleged infidelity and flirtatious personality created “a lot of trust issues” for the reality star, who was married to Count Alexandre de Lesseps from 1993 to 2009 and gave up her Countess title when she wed D’Agostino.

D’Agostino broke his silence on the divorce in September, telling E! News, “I fell in love, got married quickly and am very sad that two people in love are not together.”

“The publicized reasons for the divorce make for a great reality TV story line,” he continued, adding, “I wish Luann much happiness and love.”

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The reality star is currently filming season 10 of the Bravo hit, which is expected to premiere this spring.

  • Reporting by DAVE QUINN
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