Luann de Lesseps opens up about her struggle with sobriety following her December 2017 Palm Beach incident where she was arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication, threatening a public servant, resisting arrest, and battery on an officer.
On Thursday, while attending a launch party celebrating the release of her latest single Feelin’ Jovani, the Real Housewives of New York star spoke to Page Six about her progress.
The Money Can’t Buy You Class singer told the publication:
“I’m doing really well and I’m enjoying the launch of this song tonight and I’m looking forward to this whole court thing being behind me… Because I’ve got so many great things going on, so that’s my focus is getting that behind me and taking, you know, one day at a time. That’s all I can do.”
On a recent episode of her hit Bravo show, the Countess got into a fight with cast member Bethenny Frankel, who accused the 54-year-old of not being grateful for her help.
In regards to the drama, de Lesseps remarked:
“I was really hurt because I don’t feel like the girls really understood how difficult it was for me to stay sober that trip. It was really tough for me because there was a lot of drinking going on and, yeah, I was totally — what’s the word I’m looking for? Self-absorbed — because I needed to be at that point in my life to protect myself. It was really rough. They were really rough on me. They were very hard on me and I don’t think that the crime fit the punishment.”
During a cast trip to Miami, Frankel yelled at de Lesseps:
“Do you understand that I did your intervention and my ex-fiancé died of an overdose?… And you haven’t checked in on me. Do you understand? I did your intervention while my guy died of a drug overdose. You haven’t asked how I am. Hi. He died. He’s in the ground.”
“I had lawyers come to your house on a Sunday… I spoke to your kids. I sat outside in your driveway to make sure that you didn’t drive your car. You almost crashed the car and killed your friends. You were running in a field in a negligee and had to be taken in cop cars, and I made sure that they didn’t record it so you didn’t ultimately get arrested… You left the f**king rehab I got you for free two weeks early!… It was cabaret! You’re a sicko! For cabaret, you left rehab? I got it for free. You’re sick.”
As we reported in May, Luann evaded jail time after violating her probation for reportedly drinking two mimosas after a performance in Chicago.
In lieu of prison, she was able to strike a deal, consisting of weekly telephone counseling, monthly meetings in person with a psychiatrist, a breathalyzer in her car, and a prescription for alcohol addiction drug Antabuse.
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