Former Destiny's Child Member Farrah Franklin Arrested For Public Intoxication

By McCarton Ackerman 06/06/16

The 35-year-old singer was also arrested in 2011 for another alcohol-related incident.

Former Destiny's Child Member Farrah Franklin Arrested For Public Intoxication
Franklin's booking photo via DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Former Destiny’s Child member Farrah Franklin is back in the headlines, but not for the right reasons. The singer was arrested last Thursday for public intoxication outside of a gym.

TMZ reports that Franklin—who was part of the R&B group for six months before they downsized to a trio in 2000—argued with a male friend in the early morning hours outside of a Planet Fitness gym in Dekalb County, Georgia. Police who arrived at the scene immediately noticed that she had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, and eventually found a small amount of marijuana in her purse.

Franklin told officers told that she wasn’t ready to leave the scene and that “these n****s won’t leave me alone.” When asked how much she had been drinking, she told them “not enough.” Franklin was brought into custody and released a few hours later after she paid her "Bills, Bills, Bills," to the tune of $250 bail.

This isn’t her first run-in with the law. Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct in South Carolina in 2014, with anonymous sources telling TMZ that alcohol factored into the incident. Police reportedly found her passed out on a neighbor’s lawn, describing her as “highly intoxicated” and “unsteady on her feet.” Franklin denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but said she planned to sleep out in the woods because she had nowhere else to go.

She was also arrested on the same charge in Los Angeles in 2011, but insisted that she was the victim of racial profiling. Franklin also alleged that the male officers at the scene required her to "take off my top" and treated her "unfairly."

Her short-lived stint with Destiny’s Child came to a close after she was fired by Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles, who managed the group at the time. He claimed that Franklin was a no-show for a promotional trip to Australia and that “the bottom line is that Farrah didn’t show up for work. I just don’t think she knew what she was getting into when she joined the group.” Franklin insisted in a 2010 documentary that she wasn’t fired, but rather “felt like I was losing my identity…I just couldn’t handle the situation…I had to leave.”

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