RHOBH Star Kim Richards 'Says No to Rehab' for Now: Source
Despite concern about her sobriety and her arrest last week for public intoxication, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards is holding off going to rehab right now, a longtime family friend tells PEOPLE.
“As of now, she is saying no to rehab,” says the friend. “People are trying to get her to go. A lot of people are worried about her.”
Richards, 50, was arrested early Thursday morning after officers responded to “a report of a possible fight” at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel at around 1:30 a.m.
At the time of her arrest, she “was displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication including slurred speech and belligerent insolent behavior cursing at the officers and passively resisted arrest,” according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Richards has “calmed down” since the arrest, says the friend. “When it first happened, she was upset and didn t want to talk about it. Now she does.”
The friend adds: “She is very embarrassed.”
“But a big part of all of this is that she is just stressed out,” says the friend.
Richards’s ex-husband, Monty Brinson, the father of her daughter, Brooke, is battling Stage IV cancer.
“She is under a lot of pressure, especially because of Monty.”
Richards previously spent time in a treatment facility for alcohol abuse in 2011 and has insisted on episodes of RHOBH that she’s been sober ever since.
But Richards may not have a say in whether or not she returns to rehab, says the friend: “She could be forced to go under court order.”
“I have a feeling that she might wind up checking herself in,” the source adds. “People who care for her hope she checks in.”