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'RHONY' Star Luann de Lesseps Pleads Not Guilty in Drunken Arrest Case

By TheBlast Staff

"The Real Housewives of New York" star Luann de Lesseps has pleaded not guilty to the charges she faces following her Christmas Eve arrest.

According to the Palm Beach County Clerk, de Lesseps entered her plea on December 24, the day she was arrested, and her attorney waived arraignment. It's interesting ... the clerk said she applied for a public defender, but she did not qualify.

As The Blast previously reported, the reality star was charged with felony battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, and resisting an arrest with violence. De Lesseps allegedly kicked a police officer during the ordeal.

Shortly after her arrest, de Lesseps announced she was seeking treatment for issues relating to alcohol.

“After the events of last Saturday night in Palm Beach, I am truly embarrassed,” de Lesseps said in a statement. “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.”

She concluded, “I am so grateful for the love and support that I am receiving from my family, friends and loyal supporters.”

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