Luann de Lesseps: Spotted Smoking Weed Just Months After Drunken Arrest

Remember late last year, when Countess Luann de Lesseps was arrested after kicking a police officer … among other things?

The The Real Housewives of New York City star checked into rehab and released a statement, essentially blaming it all on abusing alcohol.

But now she’s been spotted smoking pot, which is usually frowned upon by recovery programs. Is she backsliding?

Page Six reports that, late Tuesday evening, Countess Luann was spotted puffing on a joint at the Public Hotel.

The time was around 11 pm.

(Yes, we know that she’s no longer a countess, technically. But she’ll always be a countess in our hearts … and in her branding)

Luann was at Public Arts, the hotel’s nightclub, for a Tribeca Film Festival party that was hosted by MCM Worldwide.

She was with her niece, Nicole Nadeau.

A partygoer tells Page Six:

“She took my friend’s blunt and then we gave her niece a cigarette.”

Luann de Lesseps Sings

Earlier in the night, before going to a club with someone who turned out to be deeply untrustworthy, Luann shared her activities.

She and Dorinda (yes, of The Real Housewives of New York City; how many Dorinda’s do you know?) attended “The Donna Summer Musical” on Broadway.

(Donna Summer will always be an absolute legend; her music is so uplifting but remembering that she has passed away remains so sad)

It looked like she, Dorinda Medley, and John Mahdessian enjoyed themselves a lot.

That was before the club.

Page Six reached out to Luann’s representative, who said:

“Luann smokes occasionally to help with anxiety and pain from her accident.”

They could answered: “She was at a club” and it would have been a satisfactory answer for most people, even those who don’t particularly care for marijuana.

But this answer was honest … and heartbreaking.

In 1999, Luann was involved in a car accident in Switzerland.

And it’s the same reason that she was struggling and self-medicating with alcohol in 2017.

Luann previously told People about how her PTSD caused her to drink.

“I thought I killed myself and my children.”

That is a horrible thought that clearly haunts her to this day.

“I never really faced that horrific accident, and through that and everything else, my emotions just crept up on me.”

That can happen to anyone.

“And drove me to the point of self-medicating with alcohol.”

A tremendous amount of substance-abuse can be traced to people self-medicating for horrible traumas that they have endured.

Not everyone is very honest about it, however.

Will Luann get in trouble over this? Even with her recent arrest, she shouldn’t have any legal worries.

Not just because no one should get into legal trouble over a naughty plant.

But New York has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

(Also, medical marijuana is legal, though this does not sound like a medical marijuana situation)

Fans may be concerned that Luann is turning from using one substance to escape from her PTSD to another, but marijuana is less harmful than alcohol in basically every way.

Those who care about Luann probably have little to worry about based upon this.


Luann de Lesseps: Getting Arrested Improved My Life!

Countess Luann might no longer be a countess, officially, but she will always be a legend.

Except … might her arrest for allegedly kicking a police officer while being publicly intoxicated and disorderly tarnish her reputation? She’s been going through a tough time.

But that was four months ago, and now she’s speaking out and she’s revealed that she’s past it. … Mostly.

On Thursday, Luann de Lesseps spoke to Us Weekly at the ASPCA Diamond in the Ruff Bergh Ball in New York.

And she got candid about how her arrest impacted her.

“You know, I had such a rough time.”

We would imagine so. But she says that things have improved.

“And I feel like I’ve gotten past it.”

That said, however, she says that the event still lingers on her mind and in her life.

“I’m not totally through it completely.”

Luann says that she believes that things for her life — and alleged crimes — will work out in the end.

“But I’m optimistic it’s going to turn out well.”

She saw the arrest as something of a wake-up call and has been using it to drive her to better herself. And it’s working.

“And everything is going in that direction for me.”

This fills her with a healthy outlook on life and on her future.

“So I feel very positive.”

Several months ago, Luann was arrested in Palm Beach for disorderly intoxication, trespassing, and for resisting arrest — with violence.

She apparently also slipped her handcuffs while in the back of the car.

In the aftermath of the arrest, Luann checked into rehab, apologized, and released a statement:

“I have decided to seek professional guidance and will be voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center.”

She continued to express remorse for what she had done.

“I intend to turn this unfortunate incident into a positive life changing event.”

One of the things that Luann has used to cope with her situation has been her cabaret show, she reveals.

“I think when you fall that hard, that it’s important how you stand up and keep it moving and keep it positive.”

She’s right.

“And for me it’s been sinking my teeth into my cabaret show and being creative in that way, and it’s been a lifesaving thing for me really”

A creative outlet can be a life-saver.

Luann has also opened up about Bethenny Frankel’s feud with Carole Radziwill.

“As you know, I’m always the Countess who is Switzerland, as Ramona says.”

Meaning that she is neutral, as Switzerland infamously was during World War 2.

“I don’t take sides. I feel like people have to work things out by themselves, and I’m not going to get between that.”

She admits that she doesn’t have much moral high ground upon which to stand.

“God knows I’ve had enough issues of my own to deal with”

Luann is an absolute legend, and not only for her role on The Real Housewives of New York.

She guest starred on one of the best-ever episodes of Law & Order SVU (“Bully,” which was Season 12, Episode 18, in case you’re wondering).

She and Bethenny are arguably the best-known and best-recognized stars from the series.

We are glad to hear that she is so optimistic.

We certainly wish her the best.


Luann de Lesseps Defends Herself Against Blackface Backlash

Luann de Lesseps has walked smack dab into yet another scandal.

But we guess the reality star should be grateful that she didn’t stumble into it drunkenly.

About three months after de Lesseps got arrested in Florida for some very wasted behavior, the veteran Bravo personality has once again found herself the subject of backlash.

On Wednesday night’s Real Housewives of New York City premiere, Luann attended a Halloween party dressed like legendary singer Diana Ross.

(Yes, the episode was filmed way back in October.)

It was a unique costume, that’s for sure, but it didn’t take long for folks on the Internet to find a pretty big problem with it:

de Lesseps is white. Ross is black.

The former rocked a revealing dress and a giant afro wig for the occasion, and also clearly darkened her skin in some way.

And it was this latter move that has sparked an outcry of “BLACKFACE!” from many viewers and social media users.

(Blackface was a popular form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers in the 19th century and early 20th century; it contributed, both then and now, to the spread of various racial stereotypes.)

Aware of the chatter surrounding her ensemble, Luann explained to Entertainment Tonight that she didn’t actually paint her face black.

“I had makeup on, but not anything that would make me look — I had like, tanning cream on,” she told Nischelle Turner, adding that she doesn’t agree with the criticism that has come her way as a result of the costume.

However, “I get it,” she notes.

de Lesseps first heard from critics of this look back in November when she shared the above photo on Instagram.

But the issue has now come back up due to the aforementioned Season 10 premiere.

Appearing after the episode aired on Watch What Happens Live, Luann said she “horrified,” by the negative reaction, adding:

“I never meant to hurt anybody’s feelings. I love Diana Ross and I totally respect Diana Ross. It was really kind of a tribute to her, and it was Halloween.”

At some point, perhaps, celebrity will realize that dressing up as other celebrities isn’t really a tribute of any kind.

Kourtney Kardashian learned this lesson the hard way back when she dressed up like Michael Jackson for Halloween.

“I had bronzer on that I wear normally like the rest of my skin. I’m tan, like right now,” de Lesseps also told Andy Cohen on air, prior to apologizing for real:

“I didn’t add anything to or would ever, ever, ever dream of doing a blackface, ever. I’m very sorry to everyone out there if I offended anyone.”

And just to drive her point home, Luanna added the following on Twitter:

“I would like to clear the air, I love and respect Diana Ross, this was my tribute to her I was showing my sincere admiration.

“I in no way altered my skin color and I did not mean to offend anyone.”

We believe her.

We aren’t all that mad anymore.

But it’s a pretty simple lesson for all to heed in the end:

If you are white, do not dress up for Halloween like a black person. Case closed. It isn’t that complicated.


‘RHONY’ Star Luann de Lesseps Officially Charged, Faces Felony Count of Resisting Officer

Countess Luann de Lesseps has officially been hit with 3 charges for her alleged drunken holiday attack on a cop … TMZ has learned. The ‘Real Housewives of NYC’ star has been charged with a felony count of resisting an officer with violence,…


Luann de Lesseps: Already Filming for RHONY in Case She Goes to Prison!

Within less than a year’s time, Luann de Lesseps got married, got divorced, and got arrested on multiple felonies.

For a person, that’s disastrous. But for a reality star? That’s amazing fodder for television.

And producers are reportedly so enthused about Luann’s upcoming court drama that they’re pulling out all of the stops to capture her story … before she potentially spends time behind bars.

Because 2017 wasn’t surreal enough, Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps got arrested for kicking a police officer.

In Florida, of course.

Apparently, she went to the wrong hotel room and refused to leave it. When police were called, she locked herself in the bathroom … and went so far as to slam a door on a police officer’s face.

Here’s some advice, folks: don’t do that. 

Luann checked herself into rehab for alcohol, a great way to either work on getting better or at least make it appear that she’s addressing her behavior.

But she’s due in court later this month, after being charged with four felonies.

Now, Luann tweeted out her apologies, sounding mortified, revealing that being in Palm Beach had brought up some powerful negative emotions.

Hey, we get that. It’s not an excuse, per say, but you don’t need old marriage drama for Florida to have that effect on you. Just saying.

Honestly, the wildest part of that whole situation is the details of Luann’s arrest.

Not the violence or the threats of violence — that’s, you know, not actually funny. But the fact that she slipped her handcuffs.

Either some PR-conscious officer cuffed her a little too gently, or Luann is a serious escape artist. Dang.

Some feared that Luann de Lesseps’ arrest might get her fired from The Real Housewives of New York.

If you were one of those worried, you can probably rest easy.

All reality television is essentially the TV version of a messy b–ch who lives for drama. The wilder that someone’s real-life highs and lows are, the better television they’l make.

Besides, Luann’s arrest isn’t exactly secret, which makes it free publicity for the show.

There is such a thing as bad publicity, don’t get us wrong, but this wasn’t it.

RadarOnline reports that producers are already working to make sure that Luann’s storyline is captured on film.

“Bravo is NOT filming at the moment but producer have reached out to her and asked that she document what’s going on in her life.”

Does that mean that she’s filming, like, confessional segments on her phone or a webcam? We’re not sure. No matter what the camera quality, though, it’s bound to be interesting.

“They need as much home footage as possible to edit Luann and her troubles into the show.”

That makes a lot of sense.

That same source goes on to assure us all that Luann’s status as a Real Housewife is safe.

“If anything, this incident has secured her job.”

Though it has, to be clear, endangered her actual real life.

“The producers love nothing better than real life drama and with the exception of wedding and divorces, nothing is better on reality TV than a court hearing that could result in jail.”

Luann might be worried about her future — with four felony charges, that’s justified. But producers feel differently:

“They are giddy with excitement about what will happen to Luann.”

Well, that’s show business.


Luann de Lesseps Checks Into Rehab, Releases Personal Statement

Luann de Lesseps has taken the first step toward recovery:

The Real Housewives of New York City cast member has admitted she has a problem.

Just a few days after she was arrested for some very embarrassing and troubling behavior in Palm Beach, de Lesseps has announced that she’s checking into rehab.

She acknowledges that she needs professional help.

“After the events of last Saturday night in Palm Beach, I am truly embarrassed,” says the long-time Bravo star via statement, adding:

“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.

“Once again, I sincerely apologize for my actions. I have the greatest respect for police officers and the job they do. 

“My actions alleged in the police report do not reflect my core values and my law abiding character.”

We certainly wish Luann the best.

And we don’t mean to pass judgment, nor can we truly understand what’s been going on with her…

… but the events from last weekend do seem like enough on their own to warrant this step.

de Lesseps has been charged with FOUR felonies after she and an ex-lover broke into a Florida hotel room and refused to leave at the behest of a security guard.

After police were called to the scene, Luann locked herself in a bathroom and pushed an officer upon her escape.

She then somehow managed to break free from her handcuffs and cause more mayhem, yelling about how she’s going to kill everyone.

Seriously, check out the crazy arrest details HERE.

The trip to Palm Beach was Luann’s first time back in that city after she married Tom D’Agostino there.

The pair split just a few months later and Luann cites this trauma as the basis for her drunken breakdown.

This is what she Tweeted upon being released from custody:

I want to offer my most sincere apologies to anyone that I might have offended with my behavior. This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding and being here brought up buried emotions.

I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018.

She is due in court for a hearing on January 25 – and she will NOT be fired from Bravo.

We wish Luann well.


Luann de Lesseps to Be Fired from The Real Housewives Due to Arrest?

Following some rather inexcusable, embarrassing and illegal behavior, Luann de Lesseps is in major trouble with the law.

But this is the question on the minds of fans around the country:

Is she also in trouble with Bravo executives?

Over this past holiday weekend, de Lesseps was arrested on five charges, four of which are felonies.

During a very drunken escapade, the reality star allegedly attacked a police officer, resisted arrest and threatened to kill everyone around her.

The incident took place in Palm Beach.

According to legal documents, Luann and an ex-lover broke into a room at the Colony Hotel.

After a security guard demanded she leave, de Lesseps locked herself in the bathroom.

Police were then called to the scene and de Lesseps supposedly shoved one of them after exiting said bathroom, prior to breaking free from her handcuffs and screaming:

I’m going to f-cking kill you!

Details of the arrest really are pretty insane.

The four felonies with which Luann has been charged are:

  • Battery on a law enforcement officer.
  • Resisting arrest with violence.
  • Two counts of corruption by threat.

She’s due in court for a hearing on January 25.

It’s certainly fair to wonder how this arrest will impact Luann’s future on The Real Housewives of New York City.

She’s been a regular cast member since 2008 and it’s nearly impossible to imagine the show without her.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your viewpoint), it doesn’t sound as though you’ll need to do so.

“It won’t [jeopardize her position on the show],” an insider tells Page Six of the arrest, explaining simply:

“Reality loves reality.”

There’s certainly evidence to back this up.

In 2014, Porsha Williams was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license. She remains on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

In 2015, Teresa Giudice went to prison on fraud charges in 2015. She remains on The Real Housewives of New Jersey… and even got a raise upon her release!

Luann, meanwhile, married Tom D’Agostino in Palm Beach on December 31, 2016.

They got divorced just seven months later and she cited the trauma from this split as the basis for her actions over the weekend.

“I want to offer my most sincere apologies to anyone that I might have offended with my behavior,” Tweeted de Lesseps after her arrest, adding:

“This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding and being here brought up buried emotions.”

That’s for sure.