Countess Luann de Lesseps, one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has another legal mess on her hands with a lawsuit from none other than her ex and their kids. Luann’s ex, Alexandre de Lesseps, and their 2 adult children –…
Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill aren’t the only The Real Housewives of New York City stars to have a frittered friendship.
Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer weren’t exactly joined at the hip before, but now Luann is taking her to task.
Why? Because Ramona betrayed her trust when she was at her most vulnerable — right after she got out of rehab.
But one explosive conflict from the episode really merits a closer look.
On Wednesday night’s episode of RHONY, Luann did not mince words when she referred to a group photo that Ramona shared with the world.
“The she-devil strikes again,” Luann announced.
She-devil can either be very confrontational (because yikes!) or very complimentary (it’s what Red Sonja is called, after all), but Luann meant it in the worst sense.
Luann explains: “I really feel like Ramona invaded my privacy by putting a picture out of me when nobody knew where I was.”
The Countess was in a very vulnerable place in her life and did not feel encouraged by the entire world knowing what she was up to just yet.
“And now,” Luann says. “The whole world knows I’m out of rehab.”
She wanted to let the world know on her terms, when the time was right. She feels that Ramona robbed her of that opportunity.
What’s more is that Luann fears that Ramona’s thoughtless photo — which, in fairness, Ramona did later delete — could impact her appearance in court.
“I have a court case coming up,” Luann laments.”I don’t need more press!”
Being a reality star has its pitfalls.
Luann explains why publicity is a problem, saying: “I don’t need pictures of me and the press making guesses at what I’m up to.”
The rest of us might look at a headline that says Luann de Lesseps: Out of Rehab and Drinking Already? and question its veracity. But if a judge sees that kind of speculation, it might change Luann’s life forever.
Since the news was out in the open anyway, Luann did make it official with a post of her own.
“It’s good to be home,” Luann wrote to her fans and followers. “I’m doing great. Spending time with friends and family. Thanking everyone for your continued good wishes and support.”
“My return to New York is supposed to be on my terms,” Luann tells the camera.. “I just feel like I got the rug pulled out of me.”
She felt shocked that others knew before she was ready to tell the world.
On RHONY, she’s seen giving Ramona a piece of her mind.
“You put a picture up and now Luann is the talk of the town again,” Luann laments.
She does acknowledge that she knew that it would happen sooner or later — but that she feels betrayed that it was by Ramona’s hand.
“It’s inevitable that I will be in the press again, I just don’t want my friends to drive it,” Luann says. “You opened up a can of worms for me.”
“These are hurtful things. You’re hurting me,” Luann explained. “You have to be more respectful and thoughtful about your friends.”
Ramona was shocked, having not realized that she was doing anything wrong.
“We also post group shots! It’s a beautiful picture,” Ramona said, at first being defensive.
Ramona did realize that she was in the wrong and apologized, saying: “You didn’t tell me not to post. … I’m sorry.”
Ramona, to her credit, became very apologetic and worked to make things right.
“I’m disappointed in myself,” Ramona admitted. “I wasn’t thinking. Now I understand. … I made a huge mistake. This was bad. What I did was bad.”
Luann also had another bone to pick with Ramona.
See, Ramona had been hanging out with Luann’s recent ex, Tom D’Agustino.
“There are so many guys on the Upper East Side. Really?” Luann tells the camera.
She continues to complain to the camera about Ramona, saying: “You have to go and have drinks with Tom? I knew Ramona wasn’t the brightest tool in the shed, but what an idiot.”
To be honest, that seems a little harsh.
“It’s not cool,” Luann said, yelling at Ramona. “If you’re my friend, it’s not cool. What you did, most people would never talk to you again.”
Whoa, there. She spoke with him socially. She didn’t bang him.
“That is the lowest of the low,” Luann insists, feeling betrayed. “Do you realize that? What you did is the lowest of the low.”
Ramona explained that she hadn’t been there to meet with Tom, that they had just happened into each other.
“Just because Luann divorced Tom doesn’t mean he’s going to disappear,” Ramona says.
“He travels with the same circle as I do,” Ramona continues. “He has the same friends as I do.”
That’s one of the big pitfalls of a breakup — everybody knows each other.
Ramona then throws some shade, saying: “Listen, if I couldn’t talk with every man Luann ended up being with, I wouldn’t be talking to any men in New York City!”
Luann is not amused, however.
“You make it worse,” Luann accuses. “You don’t have my best interest at heart and I can’t be around that.”
You don't normally see people this excited about having been arrested.
But most people aren't Countess Luann.
The Real Housewves of New York City star is teasing what viewers can expect to see of her arrest, and more.
In the video that we have included, Luann de Lesseps teases to Entertainment Tonight about everything that fans can look forward to seeing.
"Wait 'til you see the trip in the 'Bezerkshires.'"
The Berkshires estates are located in Massachussetts and Connecticut.
She even gets specific.
"I mean, the end of the trip."
She expects that the drama will be very entertaining.
And then, of course, Luann teases something a little more significant.
"And then it's the holidays, so we all kinda know what happens during the holidays."
In case someone somehow missed her meaning, she adds:
On December 24 of 2017, Luann was arrested for allegedly trying to trespass into the wrong hotel room while being drunk and disorderly.
Oh, and she may have, uh, kicked a police officer. And then, while in the car, slipped her cuffs. Like an action hero. Or an assassin.
While Luann's insane arrest video is already available for public consumption, we are very interested to see how it will be covered on RHONY.
Of course, Luann's brief foray into a life of crime is not the only story that she's teasing.
"There's always drama."
If there weren't, the Real Housewives franchise would not be such an amazing success.
She speaks of her costars and how supportive they have been in the wake of her arrest.
"They've been great, but there's definitely shifts."
As we've noted for a while, friendships and factions are not a constant.
"You're gonna see Bethenny and I get closer, and some of us get … not as close."
For example, Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel are no longer friends. In fact, they seem to be enemies.
Entertainment Tonight mentions that, about a month ago, Luann opened up about how she is recovering following the huge wakeup call that was her arrest.
"I think that people are looking at me now and going, ‘Wow. She just, like, fell down the staircase and she got back out and she's climbing again.’"
She's making great strides to turn her life around.
"And that's how I feel about my life."
Within days of her arrest, Luann checked into rehab.
"I feel like I'm taking control of my life again, and unfortunately I had to go to that extent to turn my life around."
Sometimes, you have to hit rock bottom before you realize that you're out of control.
"But it's OK and I'm OK with that."
By the way, Luann stepped out with a dapper man on her arm.
The guy looks like some sort of fusion of Liam Neeson and Jonathan Cheban (no shade!), and they seemed to be getting along well.
That said, Luann says that the two of them are "just friends."
Though she did follow up by saying: "Just friend … for now."
Good for you, Luann.
On Christmas Eve of last year, Countess Luann de Lesseps was arrested after allegedly trespassing in the wrong hotel room and kicking a police officer.
She says that her life has improved since her arrest, and a huge part of that has been her changed relationship with alcohol.
Now, as she speaks to Dr. Oz about exactly what she’d had to drink, she suggests that someone may have slipped drugs into her drink.
On Wednesday, Luann sat down with controversial television personality Dr. Oz to discuss what went into her system on that fateful day.
“I had rosé at lunch, with my girlfriend, we split a bottle of Whispering Angel, which is normal.”
Whispering Angel might sound like the name of a lonely smuggler’s spaceship, but it’s just a brand of one of those light pink wines that taste good.
“And then there were some people there that were fans, so they sent me more rosé.”
That was nice of them!
“So I drank more than I usually would.”
But they’re surely not to blame for events that followed.
Luann shares that she and her friend had more to drink.
They stopped, she says, for “not one martini, but two.”
At this point, we’re looking at the better part of a bottle of wine and a couple of martinis. That’s enough to get anyone buzzed, at least.
“So, by the time I get to the Colony, I was pretty sloshed and then I don’t know.”
While it’s possible for a woman Luann’s size to get drunk off of the amount of alcohol that she describes, she wonders if there was an added ingredient that made things worse.
“I almost think that somebody slipped me something, because I don’t remember a thing after that.”
Blacking out is dangerous and scary.
Dr. Oz asks: “Do you consider yourself an alcoholic?”
Luann responds with a lot of honesty.
“You know, that’s a good question. I don’t really know.”
It would be easy to just say “yes” or “no” to please viewers, but she directly explains her thinking.
“I think that I’m a self-medicator, that’s for sure.”
Self-medicating is behind a lot of substance abuse.
Luann explains exactly what was behind her overindulgence in alcohol.
“I think that I was using alcohol to numb my pain and my emotions until it didn’t work for me anymore. Until it got me into a lot of trouble.”
It was, she reveals, a huge wakeup call.
“I live in the moment. I live for today. For today, it’s just … not drinking. And I don’t really want to drink right now.”
This brought on applause fromt he audience.
“I don’t actually need it. I’m better without it. I’m so much better without it.”
Recent photos and videos of her on social media have shown her with water and diet soda.
Did someone slip something into her drink?
Luann is no inexperienced drinker (no shade), so we’d think that she’s mixed wine with martinis before.
There can be other factors — how much you’ve eaten, how much sleep you’ve gotten, and which alcohols you’re consuming — that can alter your experience with drinking for the worse.
We would certainly hope that no one decided to spike her drink, because that would be awful.
It could potentially explain what happened. But so, of course, could the alcohol and emotional distress alone.
(And we wonder if the police tested her for anything other than alcohol at the time)
We’re so glad that she is doing so much better than she was on the day when her insane arrest video was recorded.
By now, you've likely heard all about Luann de Lesseps getting arrested late last year.
The Real Housewives of New York City was taken into Florida police custody in December after she was caught breaking into a hotel room and refusing to leave.
The star was later charged with resisting an officer with violence, which is a felony; as well as two misdemeanors, trespassing in an occupied structure or conveyance and disorderly intoxication.
According to officers on the scene, Luann "appeared to be highly intoxicated," which certainly does not forgive her actions.
But does apply some context to them.
So that sums up what you've probably heard about the arrest.
But now you can actually watch it unfold.
In a video of her incident first obtained by CBS12 and then posted by the Daily Mail and online, the Bravo personality is in handcuffs as she sits in a police car.
You can hear someone, presumably a cop, telling a friend that de Lesseps’ “hit a law enforcement officer.”
Luann is then seen struggling with her handcuffs before slipping one off her wrist, calling out to her pal and repeatedly declaring: “I’ve done nothing wrong. Let me out, please.”
But she is not let out.
After an officer starts trying to fasten de Lesseps’ seatbelt, the video shows her becoming angry and saying:
“Don’t touch me. I’m gonna kill you. I’ll kill you. I will kill you.”
After she does exit the vehicle, Luann says: “Why would you do that to me? Why would you?”
And then a short time later to an officer:
“I’m gonna get you. I’m gonna get you, big time. I’ve done nothing wrong and you’re handcuffing me.”
de Lesseps has remained a regular Real Housewives cast member despite this arrest, saying shortly after it transpired:
I am truly embarrassed. 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.
Check out the disturbing arrest video HERE:
Luann de Lesseps appeared heavily intoxicated while being put into the back of a police cruiser last year, and even threatened to kill a cop … according to video showing her arrest. Footage from inside the squad car Luann was thrown into…
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.”
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.
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.”
“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 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.
Luann de Lesseps ain’t afraid of no felony charges, apparently … because she’s rejecting a plea deal offer from prosecutors. The ‘Real Housewives of NY’ star’s attorney was in court Wednesday morning for a hearing on her drunk and disorderly…