The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member, who is Paris Hilton's aunt, was arrested after she allegedly tried to exit a Target store in Van Nuys, California in August (15) with $600 (£375) of unpaid-for goods.

She was booked on suspicion of shoplifting and now Richards has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service, three years probation, and 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after reaching a plea deal.

The news comes a month after Richards received a similar sentence in her public intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery upon a peace officer case in September (15).

The reality star has been battling alcohol addiction for years and many believe her erratic behaviour has been fuelled by booze.