On Wednesday, Luann de Lesseps rejected a plea deal, during a plea hearing in Palm Beach County court.
The Real Housewives of New York star is pleading not guilty and wants her day in court, despite facing serious felony charges after her drunken arrest on Christmas Eve 2017.
The charges include: felony resisting arrest by Palm Beach police officer Steven O’Leary with violence, the first degree misdemeanor charge of trespassing in an occupied room of the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and the second degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication.
The felony charge could land her five years in prison.
As reported, the 52-year-old was arrested in the wee hours of Dec. 24, 2017, and released on her own recognizance the same day after allegedly assaulting a police officer in Palm Beach.
The police officer that Luann assaulted
According to the police report, de Lesseps slammed a door and kicked a police officer. She also allegedly told the police: “I am going to kill you all.”
The mom of two, wed NYC playboy Tom D’Agostino on New Year’s Eve 2017 in Palm Beach before divorcing him seven months later, released a statement explaining her behavior:
“This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding, and being here brought up long-buried emotions. 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.”
Luann issued a statement as she checked herself into a treatment program.
“I have decided to seek professional guidance and will be voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center. I intend to turn this unfortunate incident into a positive life changing event,” she said. “Once again, I sincerely apologize for my actions. I have the greatest respect for police officers and the job that they do. My actions alleged in the police report do not reflect my core values and my law abiding character. I am so grateful for the love and support that I am receiving from my family, friends and loyal supporters.”
A new hearing is set for April 13. Prosecutors gave no details of their settlement offer.