Shannon Beador Is ‘Extremely Apologetic’ and ‘Prepared to Accept Full Responsibility’ After DUI Crash: Lawyer

Shannon Storms Beador takes responsibility for her actions.

Following her arrest over the weekend, The Real Housewives of Orange County The star, 59, is struggling with the fallout and is “profusely apologetic” for her actions, according to her attorney, Michael L. Fell.

“I spent a lot of time with Shannon yesterday,” Fell told PEOPLE on Monday. “She is very apologetic and remorseful. We will await official information on this case as it becomes available, and Shannon is prepared to accept full responsibility for her actions.”

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Earlier Monday, PEOPLE confirmed that the reality star was “arrested at 1:17 a.m. on Sept. 17 after fleeing the scene of a crash that caused property damage,” according to the Newport Beach Police Department. NBPD also confirmed that Beador “was cited for two misdemeanors — hit and run and DUI. She was released on bond.”

The Bravolebrity was found by police walking her dog after allegedly abandoning her car in the middle of the road, according to the first report TMJ.

Shannon Storms Beador. Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty

On the same day that PEOPLE confirmed Beadora’s arrest, her friend and Bravo co-star Jeff Lewis gave an update on the situation via his SiriusXM talk show.

“Unfortunately [Shannon] got a DUI on Saturday night. She also had a car accident. She was injured, so she’s going to recover,” he said, noting that “Shannon and I have been friends for a very long time. I was shocked – she called me yesterday and we talked for a while – and I was shocked because I never knew Shannon ever, ever drank and drove.”

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“I will tell you that she accepts full responsibility,” continued Lewis, 53. “She’s embarrassed, she’s embarrassed. Me personally, as her friend — because people say, ‘Oh, she needs rehab,’ ‘Oh, she is an alcoholic’ – I don’t think Shannon is an alcoholic. I think she was going through a lot of personal problems right now, and I think she was leaning on alcohol – but I don’t think she’s an alcoholic.”

Lewis added: “She’s going to go to counseling this week. I’m happy about that. Other than Shannon, no one was hurt in the accident. I’m not condoning it, I’m not condoning it. I’m just sharing with you what I know.”

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Earlier this year, Beador admitted she was “blindsided” when boyfriend John Janssen ended their three-and-a-half-year relationship at the end of 2022. “I’ve never loved anyone more in my life,” Beador said on an episode of RHOC. “I hoped this was the man I would spend the rest of my life with. I wanted it to work. I’ve never loved anyone the way I loved John. But obviously, he didn’t feel the same way.”

Shannon Beador (L) and John Janssen

Shannon Storms Beador and John Janssen.

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A few months later, Beador was reportedly removed from the bar after an argument with Janssen’s daughter. Initial reports claimed she was “screaming” which resulted in her dismissal from the facility.

In August, Beador addressed the reports during an appearance on Watch what’s happening live, saying, “Unfortunately, I don’t have the positive relationship with John’s daughter that often happens in blended families. We had an argument, there was an argument.”

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“The lights were on [and] they were saying, ‘Everybody wrap it up,'” Beador said, explaining that the bar was getting close to closing. “They didn’t kick me out, but I asked security to help me with Uber. That was it. … I was absolutely not kicked out.”

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