Kim Richards was forcibly hospitalized under a 5150 psychiatric hold. Richards’ involuntary hospitalization occurred shortly after she was arrested for trying to shoplift $612 in toys from a Target store.
“[Kim’s family members] were at the end of their rope trying to get her help and decided to force her to get it,” an insider told Radar Aug. 19. Richards was hospitalized under the 5150 hold for three days but was later released.
Kim, who is homeless and living out of her car, has since checked into drug and alcohol rehab for the fifth time. “Kim finally realized she needed help and is truly committed to getting it,” said a source. “She voluntarily checked into an inpatient facility in Orange County.”
A 5150 hold is when someone is hospitalized on an involuntary basis. It usually occurs when an individual’s family has decided the patient can no longer make decisions for herself and is a danger to herself or others.
Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold for 72 hours after her June 2014 suicide attempt. It’s the same evaluation Britney Spears got when she was forcibly hospitalized in 2008 after a series of public nervous breakdowns.
Tried To Steal Two Shopping Carts Of Toys From The Dollar Section
Richards was arrested Aug. 2 for allegedly over 100 items (mostly toys) totaling $612 from a Target store in Van Nuys, California. In the bizarre booking photo posted by TMZ (see above), Richards looks visibly distraught after the arrest.
Kim wore oversized glasses and a white hat in the photo, which was a booking photo from the Target store’s security. It is not her mugshot.
According to the police report, Kim tried to steal two shopping carts full of Target merchandise, mostly toys, totaling more than $600. Most of the items she tried to shoplift were from the dollar section. Richards was caught by security after attempting to leave the store without going through the cashier checkout.
Kim was booked for shoplifting and was released on $5,000 bail. Sources said Richards was homeless and living out of her car at the time of her arrest. Richards moved out of her rental home shortly before entering rehab in June.
Kim snuck out of drug rehab in July after staying for 30 days. After leaving rehab, Richards was house-hopping and staying with various friends and relatives before living out of her car.
In June, Kim was fired from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” after relapsing at her daughter’s Brooke’s wedding. In April, Richards was arrested for public intoxication, resisting arrest and kicking a police officer after being thrown out of the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills. If convicted, Kim faces two and a half years in jail.