Kim Richards Rushes to Rehab

By Sam Lansky 12/05/11

The Real Housewives star's bizarre behavior raised eyebrows all season.

Richards' claims of sobriety were always
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It was bound to happen eventually: after being plagued by rumors of addiction all year, reality star Kim Richards has checked herself into an undisclosed rehab facility for the second time this year. Entertainment Tonight broke the news that the former child star was returning to rehab after a season marked by erratic behavior, which has been the subject of much speculation—although her prescription drug regimen is probably enough to make anyone act like a wet-brain drunk. Accusations from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castmate Brandi Glanville that Kim was “wasted out of her mind” and “doing crystal meth in the bathroom all night” didn’t do much to help her oft-repeated claims of sobriety. They seem all the more suspect in light of today's news. Bravo declined to comment on the matter, but her co-star Adrienne Maloof tells Us Weekly that Kim’s return to rehab is “a step in the right direction.” Another insider adds, “The only way Kim is going to be able to move on and enjoy her life is to free herself of these demons." Amen to that. Hopefully her latest stint in rehab will turn out better than her last one: Last Summer, according to Bravo, Kim checked herself out after just a week of treatment.

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Sam Lansky is the West Coast Editor at TIME. He has written for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Grantland, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, OutBillboard and more. He is also the author of The Gilded Razor. You can find Sam on Linkedin and Twitter.