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‘Real Housewife’ Luann de Lesseps handcuffed in court after admitting to violating probation


Luann de Lesseps was handcuffed and then released in a Palm Beach (Fla.) County court Thursday, where she appeared for alleged probation violations. (Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“Real Housewives of New York City” star Luann de Lesseps avoided jail time Thursday even though she violated her probation, but not before being handcuffed in court and being hit with tougher probation.

Court officers can be seen cuffing de Lesseps in Palm Beach County court, where she was ordered into custody. The Bravo reality show personality, 54, admitted to violating her probation from her 2017 arrest, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

But instead of sending her to jail, the judge set stricter probation rules after she failed an alcohol test and skipped AA meetings, the celebrity news site reports.

The additional guidelines require de Lesseps to have weekly counseling sessions over the phone, in-person psychiatric sessions each month, take meds to treat alcoholism and keep a breathalyzer in her car.

De Lesseps, who was married to French aristocrat Count Alexandre de Lesseps between 1993 and 2009, admitted to her probation officer that she drank a pair of mimosas following a Chicago gig after the officer accused her of failing an alcohol test last month.

Her probation stems from a December 2017 arrest in Palm Beach, Fla., after she entered the wrong hotel room and threatened a police officer. “Don’t touch me,” de Lesseps is heard telling a cop in a video of the incident. “I’m gonna kill you. I’ll kill you.”

Last July, she dodged jail time by taking a plea deal for the arrest, pleading guilty to disorderly intoxication, trespassing and battery.

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Her initial charge of felony resisting an officer with violence was reduced to battery as part of the plea agreement.

The deal required her to be on probation for a year, finish 50 hours of community service, not use drugs or alcohol, attend AA meetings twice a week and be subjected to drug testing.