Kim Richards loves to talk about her four children; Brooke, Whitney, Chad and Kimberly, but according to a new allegation, Kim also had custody of another much younger child five years ago.
During the summer of 2009, Richards was given custody of her family friend Casey Johnson’s 3-year-old daughter, Ava-Monroe, when the troubled Johnson & Johnson heiress checked into rehab at Cliffside Malibu, a 2013 book alleges.
“Casey turned Ava over to Kathy [Richards’] sister Kim, who had her own long history of alcohol addiction,” Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty author Jerry Oppenheimer claims in his tell-all book.
RadarOnline reports Johnson’s mother Sale Rashad approved of the arrangement, and Oppenheimer explains, because “Kim had been sober for ten years and at that point she was fine.”
The book claims that Kim was such a good mother figure to the little girl that Ava started calling her “mommy” which infuriated Johnson.
“Casey went ballistic and said to Kim, ‘Give me my kid back! What do you mean she’s calling you mommy, I’m her mommy!’” Oppenheimer, the author of the book, claims.
The book states Johnson had her friend, British socialite Jasmine Lennard, take Ava from Kim.
A few months later in January 2010, Johnson was discovered dead in her West Hollywood home. An autopsy later determined she passed away from natural causes and suffered diabetic ketoacidosis. She was only 30 years old.
In December of 2011, Kim relapsed and checked herself into rehab. She is now sober and will return to season 5 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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