Kyle Richards will have to stand by her sister once again — but this time, it will be in court. Kyle has been named in a lawsuit filed against her older sister, Kim Richards. According to People, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills siblings are both facing a lawsuit from their former stylist, who alleges she was attacked by Kim Richards’ pit bull, Kingsley.
Court documents obtained by the celebrity gossip magazine reveal that Paige Sanderson is suing the Richards sisters, claiming the pit bull “lunged at her, bit and held on to her lower abdomen and crotch, tearing off her leggings and underwear and ripping out portions of flesh” when she visited Kyle Richards’ home in April. Kim brought her dog to Kyle’s house while she was getting styled by Sanderson for a RHOBH promotional appearance.
The allegations against Kim are pretty serious. Sanderson claims the former child star tried to cover the incident up and refused to call 911 unless she agreed to lie to EMTs and blame the attack on a stray dog. Unfortunately for Kyle, she is being dragged into this whole mess because the incident occurred on her property. Sanderson is seeking compensation for “emotional distress, cosmetic surgery, and medical bills.”
People estimates this to be Kingsley’s seventh attack. The pit bull previously attacked a dog trainer, as well as an 80-year-old female friend of the Richards family. And the latest incident is not the first Kingsley attack Kyle has been involved in, either. In 2014, Kyle’s teen daughter, Alexia Umansky, was also attacked by the dog. Alexia underwent reconstructive surgery and physical therapy after Kingsley bit her on the hand multiple times while she was visiting her aunt’s house. The highly publicized incident caused a major rift between Kyle Richards and her sister.
In fact, during a heated conversation about the sisters’ troubled relationship during the Real Housewives reunion, Kyle called her sister “horrible” and revealed that her daughter almost lost her hand after the attack. Kim fired back at her sister, threatening: “I’ll tell the story and you won’t like it!”
Still, Kyle Richards previously told TMZ she wasn’t angry at her sister. At the time, Kyle also said she didn’t necessarily think the dog should be removed from her older sister’s home.
“I have no comment on that,” Kyle said when asked about Kingsley’s fate. “I have no idea. I know that she feels very badly about what happened. The dog is very important to her. And I have no comment on it other than that.”
While Kyle Richards has been careful not to say if she thinks the dog should be taken out of her big sister’s care, some of her fellow Real Housewives don’t feel the same way. In an interview with People shortly after the Alexia incident, RHOBH star Lisa Vanderpump said perhaps Richards should try another type of dog.
While Vanderpump said pit bulls are “wonderful” animals, she also added, “I do think they’re more precarious. We don’t want to be too prejudiced against them but I think they are kind of, instinctually fighting dogs. So I don’t know, maybe for somebody like Kim, that’s not the best breed.”
In addition, dog trainer David Utter, who tried to work with the out-of-control dog on camera, told TMZ he thinks Kingsley should be muzzled at all times and that the pit bull should be taken away from Richards. Kingsley was featured on several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when both Kyle Richards and her sister were full-time cast members.
In addition to Kim and Kyle Richards, Sanderson is suing Richards’ son Chad Davis and lawyer Bruce London, according to E! News. Davis reportedly let the dog out of the bathroom as Sanderson was styling Kyle, while London allegedly filled out hospital papers fraudulently claiming it was a stray dog attack.
Take a look at the video below to see Kyle Richards talking about dog rescue.
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