Lisa Vanderpump thinks “Vanderpump Rules” fans need to give Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss a little bit of grace.
During Wednesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Andy Cohen asked the 62-year-old about all the backlash the pair have received after news of their affair broke last week.
“Actually, I really want to talk about this because this kind of vigilante justice I don’t agree with at all,” she said.
“I think these are people that are living their life in a public forum, which is very difficult,” she continued. “There’s so much infidelity in the world. It’s not like they murdered anyone.”
Despite their wrongdoings, Vanderpump went on to say that fans should take into account the fact that Leviss, 28, and Sandoval, 39, are “hurting” too.
“I’m not saying we should let them off the hook. Condemn their actions, but don’t condemn the people. All this aggression … it can have serious ramifications. I really mean that. I think everybody should be careful with that. I don’t like it and I don’t want to see it.”
Some of the “aggression” Vanderpump alluded to seemingly came at the hands of co-star Scheana Shay, who allegedly hit Leviss after finding out about their dalliance.
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In fact, Vanderpump admitted that she believes Shay “slapped” the former beauty pageant queen after they got into a “heated confrontation” about the affair— which we’re told “began last summer.”
“I think she slapped her around the chops,” the “Vanderpump Rules” matriarch told Cohen.
However, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum defended Shay given her close friendship with Sandoval’s now ex-girlfriend, Ariana Madix.
“But you know what, her feelings would be running really high because Ariana was her best friend for like 12 years,” she continued.
“You forget it’s not just the show. They were together working four or five years before the show. They grew up together. She very much kind of has Ariana’s back.”
The incident allegedly happened after Madix, 37, found a sexually explicit video of Leviss on Sandoval’s phone while at his concert in Los Angeles on March 1.
Soon after, she called Leviss — who was on a press tour with Shay in NYC at the time — for an explanation.
“At one point in the night, Scheana lost Raquel and then found her outside of the bar on the phone with Ariana, who Scheana could hear was bawling,” a source told us.
When Shay, 37, asked Leviss to explain what was going on, she admitted to the affair, leading to an explosive exchange between the two women — which allegedly resulted in Leviss leaving with a black eye.
On Tuesday, Leviss filed for a temporary restraining order against her ex-friend, claiming she punched her in the face during the argument.
Leviss later addressed the affair — and the alleged assault — in a public apology posted to her Instagram.
After apologizing to Ariana, Leviss claimed she has been “physically assaulted, lost friendships, received death threats and hate emails in addition to having had my privacy violated” since the scandal broke last week.
The reality TV star, who blamed the scandalous fling on her “addiction” to love, was spotted for the first time on Wednesday out and about in Los Angeles.
Leviss tried to keep a low profile wearing all black, with a baseball kept strategically pulled low to try and shield her swollen eye from photographers.
“She looked somber,” an eyewitness tells us of the TV personality’s trip to the grocery store.
“Vanderpump Rules” airs every Wednesday on Bravo.
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