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Kim Richards' Shoplifting Arrest Must Be a Mistake, Ex-Husband Insists

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TV personality Kim Richards attends REVOLT and The National Cable and Telecommunications Association's Celebration of Cable at Belasco Theatre on April 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 08:19 AM

Kim Richards, the troubled former star of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," has been arrested for a second time in four months, this time for allegedly shoplifting more than 100 items worth an estimated several hundred dollars from a Target store.

The Los Angeles city attorney told Us Weekly that Richards was arrested Sunday after she was accused of swiping the merchandise from the Target in California's San Fernando Valley. She was arraigned Monday on one count of petty theft and released the same day on $5,000 bail.

Us Weekly put the total of the stolen items at more than $600, but "Entertainment Tonight" estimated that the merchandise was valued at about $1,000. The syndicated celebrity television show wrote that Richards left the store with three carts of items and was loading them into her vehicle before she was stopped by a Target loss prevention officer.

"I couldn't imagine Kim stealing or shoplifting anything. She is a giver," Richards' ex-husband Monty Brinson told "ET." "I am in complete shock. Guaranteed this must be some kind of mistake, and the facts will come out soon. She was arrested for shoplifting toys in a cart, but this was a clear misunderstanding. This was not alcohol or drug related."

Richards, who has a history of substance abuse, was arrested in April for public intoxication, battery, and resisting arrest after allegedly getting into a drunken confrontation with police at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Richards checked into multiple rehab facilities after the incident, according to Us Weekly.

Richards opened up briefly about her struggle with sobriety on "ET" last month.

"I love sobriety," the former child star said during the July interview. "I've always loved sobriety, and relapsing was very hard for me. It was not easy. I have to say, don't take this wrong, but I really wanted to go to treatment because I needed a break from what I was going through at home."

Richards claimed that she completed her rehab treatment program and had been sober for more than 30 days at the time of the interview.

"I went in and I got to learn a whole lot about myself," Richard told "ET." "I dug deep into my past, things that happened to me as a child, good and bad, teenage years, relationships with all my loved ones, where they need to be mended, where they're very powerful. I worked on me."

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Kim Richards, the troubled former star of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," has been arrested for a second time in four months, this time for allegedly shoplifting more than 100 items worth an estimated several hundred dollars from a Target store.
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