Jeff Lewis, a former Bravo star, recently spoke out about his close friend Shannon Beador following her reported involvement in an alleged DUI hit and run accident. The incident occurred on September 17, 2023, in Newport Beach, California, according to law enforcement sources cited by TMZ. Beador, who was reportedly under the influence at the time, crashed her car into a residence on Via Lido and Via Oporto. She subsequently tried to walk away from the scene, but police had already been notified and arrived promptly. The Newport Beach Police Department confirmed that Beador, 59, was charged with misdemeanor hit and run and driving under the influence.
Lewis addressed the incident on his Sirius XM show, “Jeff Lewis Live,” which aired on September 18. On the podcast, Lewis revealed that he had spoken to Beador personally and shared that she would be entering counseling following the incident. Lewis said, “I am happy to say that she is gonna be entering counseling this week, so I’m happy about that.” However, it is unclear what type of counseling Beador will undergo.
During the podcast, Lewis also mentioned that he had been out to dinner with Beador the night before the accident and had invited her out again on the day of the incident, but she declined, stating that she would be staying in. Lewis expressed shock at his friend’s actions, stating that he had never known her to drink and drive before. He also emphasized that Beador is accepting full accountability for her actions and is deeply ashamed and embarrassed.
Shannon Beador’s fellow “Real Housewives of Orange County” castmate, Tamra Judge, also addressed the incident on her podcast, “Two Ts in a Pod.” Judge claimed that she had spoken to Beador the day after the accident and was unaware of what had happened. She expressed her shock and shook by the news.
Beador’s lawyer, Michael Fell, released a statement to TMZ following the incident, acknowledging that Beador is accepting full responsibility for her actions. Fell also mentioned that they are awaiting official information on the case.
The car accident occurred after Beador had responded to accusations from another castmate, Gina Kirschenheiter, about her drinking habits. Beador denied the claims and suggested that people should focus on others who have been drinking heavily during the current season of the Bravo reality show. Kirschenheiter, who had previously been arrested for DUI in 2019, stated that Beador’s drinking is a problem for everyone else.
In conclusion, Shannon Beador was involved in an alleged DUI hit and run accident, according to reports. Her close friend, Jeff Lewis, spoke out about the incident, emphasizing that Beador will be entering counseling and taking full responsibility for her actions. Beador’s lawyer also confirmed her remorse and apology for the incident. The car accident occurred after Beador responded to accusations about her drinking from her castmate, Gina Kirschenheiter.