Shannon Beador was complaining about former Real Housewives of Orange County co-star Alexis Bellino before she drunkenly crashed her car into a home and was arrested for DUI alcohol and hit-and-run Saturday.
Beador, 59, was at a Newport Beach, California establishment called A Restaurant Saturday, where Bellino, 46, was also present, an eyewitness told TMZ Tuesday.
The witness told the site that Beador was sitting with her friend and business partner Steve Muller at the eatery, which is near where she subsequently crashed her vehicle while intoxicated.
Beador’s demeanor at the bar in the luxe Orange County area was described to the site as ‘tipsy, loud and boisterous,’ and she had her arms ‘flailing in the air.’
A witness told the site that there was ‘real animosity in the air’ as Beador badmouthed Bellino to the people around her.
The latest: Shannon Beador, 59, was complaining about former Real Housewives of Orange County costar Alexis Bellino, 46, before she drunkenly crashed her car into a home and was arrested for DUI alcohol and hit-and-run Saturday. Pictured on the Bravo series last month
Bellino, 46, was also present at a Newport Beach, California establishment called A Restaurant Saturday where Beador was seen prior to her crash and arrest
Bellino, who appeared on four seasons of the Bravo reality show, confirmed in a statement to TMZ that she and Beador were at the restaurant, but did not talk to one another.
‘When my girlfriends and I arrived for a fun night out together, it was soon brought to my attention that Shannon was also at the same restaurant,’ Bellino told the outlet. ‘Shannon and I did not interact that night, but it greatly saddens me to learn that she may harbor negative feelings or resentment toward me.’
In regards to the fallout of Beador’s crash and arrest, Bellino said she wishes ‘Shannon nothing but the best, as I know she is facing trying times ahead.’
Bellino added that she ‘was not involved in’ a defamation lawsuit her ex-husband Jim Bellino filed in 2018 against Beador and RHOC’s Tamra Judge over comments they made about his business on the podcast Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald.
According to TMZ, Beador was arrested Saturday in the luxe Orange County city, as authorities said she hit a house, parked in the middle of a street and pretended she was walking her dog.
Beador’s vehicle was seized by authorities, and she was was subsequently released without bond.
Beador’s lawyer Michael Fell told DailyMail.com Monday: ‘Shannon is extremely apologetic and remorseful.
‘We will be awaiting the official information on this case as it becomes available, and Shannon is prepared to accept full responsibility for her actions.’
Beador had been ‘arrested at 1:17 a.m. on Sept. 17 after fleeing the scene from a collision that caused property damage,’ police said. Pictured in LA in October
Bellino, who appeared on four seasons of the Bravo reality show, confirmed in a statement to TMZ that she and Beador were at the restaurant, but did not talk to one another. Pictured in 2019 in LA
The Newport Beach Police Department told People Monday that Beador had been ‘arrested at 1:17 a.m. on Sept. 17 after fleeing the scene from a collision that caused property damage.’
She was ‘booked for two misdemeanors – hit-and-run and DUI alcohol;’ and ‘released on a citation.’
Bravo personality Jeff Lewis, who is a friend of Beador’s, said that Beador ‘was injured’ and is ‘going to be recovering’ in the aftermath of the incident.
‘Shannon and I have been friends for a very long time,’ Lewis said on his SiriusXM show. ‘I was shocked – she called me yesterday and we talked for awhile – and I was shocked because I’ve never known Shannon to ever, ever drink and drive.
‘I will tell you she’s accepting full accountability. She is ashamed, she’s embarrassed. I personally, as her friend – cause people are like, “Oh she needs rehab,” “Oh she’s an alcoholic” – I don’t think Shannon is an alcoholic.’
He added: ‘I think she’s been going thorough a lot of personal struggles right now, and I think she has been leaning on alcohol – but I don’t think she’s an alcoholic.’
Lewis said that Beador is ‘going to be entering counseling this week’ following the accident and arrest.
The Real Housewives of Orange County can be seen on Bravo every Wednesday at 8/7c.