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Farrah Franklin: Ex-Destiny's Child singer arrested in South Carolina

One of Beyoncé's singing cohorts from Destiny’s Child, the R&B girl group comprised of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and for a short while, Farrah Franklin, was arrested on the morning of July 20 in Conway, South Carolina. According to People, Farrah Franklin was taken into custody early Sunday morning and booked on disorderly conduct charges.

Destiny's Child circa 2000 in Mexico
Destiny's Child circa 2000 in Mexico
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Her disorderly conduct charge followed a night of drinking in Myrtle Beach with a couple of NFL players.
Horry County Sheriff's Office

The 33-year-old Franklin was “booked around 5 a.m. Sunday and released shortly after noon the same day, according to the Horry County Sheriff's Office.” The Huffington Post reported that alcohol and a few NFL players were involved in what sounds like a minor emotional breakdown for the songstress.

Franklin’s arrest followed a night of drinking in Myrtle Beach with Da'Quan Bowers, defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Ricky Sapp, outside linebacker for the Houston Texans. Bowers and Sapp both played college ball for Clemson University in South Carolina. After a night out on the town, the two NFL players ended up back at Sapp’s home with Franklin; and Franklin sounds like she just lost it.

The ball players had to call the cops when the former Destiny’s Child songbird started "yelling, slamming doors and refused to stop when asked.” When police arrived on the scene in the early morning hours on Sunday, Franklin was out of the house – but laying in the front yard of one of Sapp’s neighbors. Franklin told the cops that she "did not have anywhere else to go and was planning on sleeping in the woods."

Deputies with the Horry County Sheriff's Office escorted Franklin to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where she was booked on Sunday at 4:55 a.m. She was released shortly after noon after posting a $280 bond.

After the incident, Franklin posted a motivational quote to Instagram. She wrote: "That part! I'm good just hate the dumb media sometimes, but hey this is the job I signed up for. So I respect it #TurnDownForWhat #TeamFARRAH #GodsChild #Instagram."

According to TMZ, Franklin was arrested once before on a disorderly conduct charge back in 2011 in Los Angeles. Allegedly, alcohol was involved in that incident also. Franklin claimed at the time that she was a victim of racial profiling.

Franklin was only with Destiny’s Child for about five months before she left the super group in 2000. Immediately after Franklin split from the group, Beyoncé and company said that the rest of the girls were forced to ask her to leave after she missed several events and at least one scheduled performance. For more on Franklin's arrest, see the video accompanying this article.