"I couldn't imagine Kim stealing or shoplifting anything. She is a giver," Brinson told Entertainment Tonight. I am in complete shock. Guaranteed this must be some kind of mistake, and the facts will come out soon. She was arrested for shoplifting toys in a cart, but this was a clear misunderstanding. This was not alcohol- or drug-related."
Richards, 50, was reportedly caught by a Target security guard Sunday afternoon after trying to take home more than $600 worth of items without paying.
An addict, she's been in and out of rehab this summer after relapsing and being taken into police custody at the Beverly Hills Hotel in April. She was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on an officer.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and Brinson were married from 1985-88. They remained close friends and share a daughter, Brooke, whose Mexico wedding she left rehab for in May.