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Former member of Destiny's Child arrested for disorderly conduct in Myrtle Beach

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - A former member of the R&B group Destiny's Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend after a night drinking with two football players, according to authorities.

Online records show Farrah Franklin, 33, was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5 a.m. Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct.

According to police reports, Franklin had been drinking with Daquan Bowers and Ricky Sapp, both former Clemson University football players who are now in the NFL. Bowers — now a defensive end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — told Horry County Police he had flown Franklin into town from her home in California to spend time with him.

The three went out drinking Sunday and went back to Sapp's home, according to police. Both men told police Franklin was highly intoxicated and that she was "yelling, slamming doors and refused to stop when asked."

Bowers and Sapp, an outside linebacker with the Houston Texans, called police after she refused to calm down. Officers said they found Franklin lying in a neighbour's yard and the woman told police she "did not have anywhere else to go and was planning on sleeping in the woods."

Franklin was released from jail around noon Sunday after posting $280 bond. Court records listed no attorney for her, and no phone number for her could be found.

Franklin and Michelle Williams joined Destiny's Child to replace two original members in 2000. Franklin left the group months later, and the remaining trio served to launch the solo careers of Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce.

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Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

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