‘Real Housewives’ Lisa Vanderpump’s Attacker Faces Felony Assault Charges

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Roger Eduardo Talavera, who verbally assaulted the reality TV star and punched her friend on Christmas Eve turns himself in to authorities, pleads not guilty.

The assailant that harassed Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and assaulted her friend on Christmas Eve in Beverly Hills has surrendered to police after being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit great bodily harm, reports celebrity website TMZ.

Vanderpump was lunching at the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge with her husband, L.A. TV reporter Robert Kovacik and some other friends when Roger Eduardo Talavera began an unprovoked verbal attack on the group. He aimed a barrage of taunts at the reality TV star before sucker-punching Kovacik, who required stitches, after he asked Talavera to stop his tirade.

Talavera, whom Vanderpump described as "extremely drunk," surrendered Tuesday morning and pled not guilty. He was booked and released on $30,000 bail. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.