Luann de Lesseps Returns to Rehab, Will Miss Reunion Special

As previously previewed, The Real Housewives of New York City are getting ready to set sail on the boat trip from Hell.

But People Magazine now confirms that Luann de Lesseps is getting ready for a very different, far more important kind of trip:

She is checking back into rehab.

The 53-year-old will be seeking help for the second time after attending an alcohol treatment program last year, following her arrest for some very drunken and ugly behavior in Florida.

Bethenny Frankel actually confirmed the development to People.

She told the publication that Luann considers the problem so serious that she must begin addressing it immediately and will therefore miss the upcoming Season10 reunion special.

“This weekend, Luann was surrounded by her girlfriends and decided – with their support – that in light of recent circumstances, it is the healthiest choice for her not to attend Tuesday’s reunion taping so that she can continue in her healing process,” Frankel explains, adding:

“Luann is now surrounded by a core group of people who truly have her best interests at heart and who are working to make sure she gets the help she needs.”

Concluded Frankel:

“Bravo has been very supportive of Luann during this time.

“It’s a brave and honest decision by her, and everyone is rallying around her and wants the best for her.”

The long-time reality star was arrested just before Christmas for allegedly kicking a police officer.

Reportedly very drunk at the time of the incident, Luann reacted to a confrontation with cops in a Florida hotel room by screaming that she would “kill” them all and by violently attacking at least one officer, according to reports.

She was booked on the charges of battery on a law enforcement officer; resisting arrest with violence; corruption by threat.

Just days later, Luann checked into rehab for the first time.

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

“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.”

This is her mug shot from the arrest:

In this instance, her cable network home has said the following:

Bravo supports Luann’s decision to focus on her health.

“She is part of the Bravo family and we continue to stand by her as she copes with this challenging situation. At this time, we hope everyone will respect her privacy.”

Her decision to return to rehab comes days after news broke that her first husband, Alexandre de Lesseps, her daughter, Victoria de Lesseps, and son, Noel de Lesseps, filed a lawsuit against her over an $8 million home sale.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Luann breached a stipulation of settlement in her divorce by failing to create a trust “for the benefit of her two children.”

Frankel acknowledges that such “family stress” has served as a “catalyst” for her co-star to realize she needs help.

We wish Luann the best of luck.

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