She wouldn't be the first Housewife in prison
Luann de Lesseps is not off the hook for her wild night back in December just yet. While some of her felony charges were dropped, she’s still dealing with the possibility of living in prison for the next few years. She’s got the next few months to fight for her freedom, and she’s even claimed that she’s not guilty of the crimes that she’s been charged with!
If Luann does end up in prison, she certainly wouldn’t be the first Housewife to go.
Out for Now
Luann de Lesseps headed back to Palm Beach County to see if she was going to be prosecuted for her crimes at the Colony Hotel just before Christmas. Luann drunkenly entered a room that wasn’t hers and refused to leave even when the police arrived.
Luann successfully completed a voluntary alcohol rehab program on Jan. 23. The star wanted to turn her arrest into a positive change for her life and explained that the drunken romp was “out of character.”
“This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding, and being here brought up long-buried emotions,” she told People in a statement. “I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018.”
As Celebuzz! previously reported, the reality star was pictured with her co-stars Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, and Tinsley Mortimer at a restaurant the same day that she exited rehab. Ramona posted a Snapchat of the entire cast of women together, but deleted it shortly after.
The former Countess was facing a possibility of up to four felony charges, but she was only charged with the felony of resisting an officer and two misdemeanors (trespassing and disorderly intoxication) at the Jan. 25 hearing. Luann entered a plea of not guilty and demanded a jury trial. Luann’s case will go to trial within the next few months. She could face up to five years in prison just for the felony charge.
It’s likely that Luann will receive plea deal offers before her case goes to trial, and she may choose to take one. Otherwise, she will face a judge and jury who will decide her fate.
The story of Luann’s arrest, legal proceedings, and upcoming punishment a likely to be a major story on the next season of Real Housewives of New York. A source told People that “there’s no way” the show’s producers will shy away from showing what’s going on with her court battles.
“It’s reality. They follow their real lives. So if this is happening while filming is happening, they’re going to talk about it,” the source said. “They didn’t shy away from Tinsley’s arrest. They didn’t shy away from Bethenny’s court drama.”
Of course, “Tinsley’s arrest” refers to the inclusion of Tinsley Mortimer’s heartbreaking legal issues during an abusive on-again, off-again relationship in Palm Beach in 2016.
The show must go on
Luann is still set to perform a cabaret show Countess and Friends at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Feb. 27 and March 8, 2018. Luann will take the stage to tell “hilarious stories” and “one-of-a-kind anecdotes” about her life. The show will also include musical numbers and guests that are “both legendary and ascendant.”
“Countess and Friends promises a glorious return to the heyday of cosmopolitan evening entertainment,” raves the club’s website. Tickets are selling for $40 and $75 dollars, but those interested in attending may be placed on a waiting list.
According to a source close to Luann’s first ex-husband Count Alexandre de Lesseps, he’s so “mortified and ashamed” with Luann’s antics that he wants her to stop using his family name.
“He told her she is ruining the family name and should drop it if she’s continuing to act like this… He is watching from abroad and is totally embarrassed,” the source told Page Six. Luann legally relinquished her title of Countess when she married Tom d’Agnostio in January of 2017.
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