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.