Jumpin’, jumpin’ into jail. Farrah Franklin, who is best known for her very brief stint alongside Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams in Destiny’s Child, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Sunday, July 20 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, TMZ reports.
NFL players Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp went out with Franklin, 33, in Myrtle Beach on Saturday night, and when they returned to Sapp’s home, it was clear that Franklin was intoxicated. The man told police they thought the former singer might be involved with drugs since she would go to the bathroom for extended periods of time. When she got out of hand, the football players called the police.
Beyonce’s former bandmate was found laying down in the front yard of a neighbor, claiming she was going to sleep in the woods. TMZ reported that police described her as “highly intoxicated,” but said she denied using drugs.
Franklin appeared in Destiny’s Child for five months in 2000. Along with Michelle Williams, Franklin helped replace LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. She was fired from the group soon after; they continued on as a trio (with Beyonce, Williams, and original group member Rowland) before disbanding in 2006.
“We have to say that Farrah was not kicked out of Destiny’s Child,” Beyonce said on Total Request Live at the time. “She actually did not show up for three major promotional events, one of which was ‘MTV All Access.’ She walked out on [that], and the KUBE Summer Jam was another one in Seattle. You’ll all see that on the ['All Access'] show. We also had a five-day promotional tour in Australia, which was our first visit there and very important, and she didn’t come. So we all agreed that Farrah and Destiny’s Child should part ways, and we wish her the best in the future. But it wasn’t a management decision, it was a group decision. We all feel that no personal problems that can be resolved are worth disappointing your fans.”